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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sellers: Get the Home Inspection Before Putting It On the Market

Did you know over 85 % of buyers who take out a mortgage ask for a Home Inspection before buying a home? That's a pretty big number and why not? Consumers want to know what they are getting into before signing the dotted line. Why not go ahead and do it before buyers start looking so you know what you are up against?

I know. I know. I know. It is scary to get a home inspection but what is even scarier is getting a buyer and watching them walk away. Not what you want to happen when you ready to buy!

Here are a few reasons why to go ahead and get that inspection done early. Oh, and if you list with my company, we do it for free. Wow!

Reason #1              Know Where You Stand

Normally the final sales price has already been determined when you get to the home inspection. This can leave lingering discussions over the negotiations. You may have to drop your final figure again if a major problem is unearthed or they could walk away. Time is money. By getting the inspection early, you will know what concessions a buyer may ask for. This allows you to set the price right the first time. Pricing right the first time is crucial in getting the most out of your house. 

Reason #2              Buy Time and Save You Money

Even in a new home or a recently renovated home, the home inspector is going to find something wrong. It is there job. Normally you have negotiated a few days to figure out how much the problems will cost and if contractors are backed up... well you may pass the contingency period. Typically 5 days the is the amount of time negotiated from the time the inspector comes out and the buyer supplies you with a list of repairs. In that time you have to find someone to give you an estimate of repairs. What if the electrical needs rewiring? I hope you can find an electrician at your beck and call. A pre-inspection gives you time to compare prices and treatment options.

Reason #3             Reassure Prospective Buyers

Buyers rarely know what to expect from a home inspection. There is always the possibility of mold growing in the crawl space or termites gnawing down an entire wall in the den. Providing the home inspection reassures buyers that there are no major issues at hand. Of course the buyer can always request one for themselves but they will pay for that not you.

Reason #4             Prevent Repeat Repairs

The roof leaked so you repaired it, you think. The night before the buyer's home inspector comes, it pours down raining and leaves a nice wet spot on the ceiling. Well if you would have repaired it beforehand the correct way, this wouldn't have happened. The inspector would have given you instructions on how to prepare it the right way.

Your typical home inspection runs from $300-$500 a home depending on size. Give me a call and I'll let you in on who I recommend.

Thanks!

Leigh Ann Fisher
Liz Moore and Associates
757-784-3230





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

4 Paint Colors Buyers Turn Their Nose To

I will tell you,when you call me in for a listing interview, I will tell you a fresh coat of paint will sell your home must faster than scuffed up, flat painted walls. According to HomeAdvisor, typically painting all the walls in your home will run you around $1700. Be careful in the selection though or your may regret your decision later. 

So what colors should you avoid?



1. Orange: I went to UT Knoxville and met my husband. We started our family wearing Orange but it really isn't the most attractive to color to paint any room and especially not the outside of the house. NEVER. For the sake of your Realtor's sanity and your neighbors. 

2. Neon Green: I recently walked into what was once a kids room in a empty house listed in a great neighborhood and had to put on my sunglasses. Hey, I get it. Your kid's favorite color but your new buyers? Not so much.


3. Fairy Tale Pink: Again, I get it. Your daughter is obsessed and you want to make her happy but those people looking to buy a house, they hate it.


4. Browns and Yellows: This once was a smart move in real estate. Everyone was into yellow walls and dark floors. Not so much anymore. Today it is more about grays, blacks and white. Paint the wall, leave the floors. Also, it photographs terribly.

What are your thoughts?

Leigh Ann Fisher-
Liz Moore and Associates
757-784-3230

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sell Your Home Fast With These 3 Tips

Recently I have been touring more and more homes with clients and I have to say, "What the heck are some of you trying to sell?" Houses are a wreck, reak of pet urine, smoke and clutter is all I see! You are trying to sell your house correct? Well, it is time to step back and take a long hard look at what you are selling!

Let me ask you something. Do you watch those TV shows like Love It or List It, Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop? What is it you like about the shows? How the house looks in the beginning of the show or the end? It has to be the end right when the house looks amazing and ready to be lived in right? You are ready to move it to the house yourself, right?

Well then, if you are thinking of selling your home you need to think about what other buyers want to buy. You think buyers want to buy a home that is full of clutter? How about a house that smells of pets that aren't theirs? Or how about a room so full of stuff you can't even see the walls?

This is what I have been seeing on the market lately. I am shocked at these homes. They sit. They smell. They are an embarrassment to yourself as a seller.

So, what can you do?

Get Rid of the Smell:

Get your carpets professionally cleaned or rip them up and install inexpensive carpet! Invest in some nice candles or odor eliminators for the entire house. How about trying Odor Ban ?

Get Rid Of STUFF!

Papers, boxes of stuff you will never use again, nick nacks that are tacky, broken chairs, large furniture: Do something with it and do something neat with it. Don't just fling it in the garage. If you are moving to a smaller home, really purge. Do you really need those birthday cards you have been saving all this time. How about scanning and saving? All that artwork of the kids: they don't really want it when they get older. I promise.

Clean It Up!

Why not hire someone to come in and professionally clean your home to get you started? Then you can just wing it when showings come up. Deep cleans really show off when you show your home. It means you have kept good care of your home and this means a lot to a future buyer.

Showing the next homeowner of your home you cared for the it will go a long way. Wouldn't it make you feel good to know the owner of the house you owned before really cared about the house?

Good Luck Selling!

Live in Williamsburg and want to sell? List with Leigh Ann!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Lafayette High School Prom 2016























So this happened! Douglas is graduating in a couple of weeks! Instead of going to prom with guys this year, her Yearbook Gals and her went stag. I think it's a GREAT idea. I went with a friend of mine. She had been asked by a guy earlier but I think he wanted a bit more relationship than she did and he called it off. All is well with me. Why put so much pressure on prom? It is one night. Have fun and don't worry about all the pressures that people put on Prom night!


Monday, April 25, 2016

SOLD! Villages Of Westminster, Williamsburg: A Great Family Oriented Neighborhood!



The Villages of Westminster is a quiet community nestled in James City County within the colonial heart of Virginia. Outside the beautifully landscaped villages, residents can enjoy shopping, entertainment, college sporting events and rich national history. With convenient access to I-64, Westminster is the ideal neighborhood for those who would like to live in Williamsburg but commute to other areas of Hampton Roads or Richmond.

This house at 6288 St. Johns Wood is For Sale now! I will be here on Sunday from 1-3 holding an Open House! Please come by and check it out! 

Listed at $299,950 with almost 2500 square feet. This house features 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath and a total of 8 rooms! 







I actually sold this home to friends of mine. They closed August 4th! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sals: Hometown Italian

A couple of clients and I just sat down to make an offer on a property this past week at one of my favorite hometown Italian restaurants in Williamsburg, Sal's by Victor. Now, no one in town calls it Sal's by Victor. It's is just Sal's. Located next to the Food Lion in the Williamsburg Shopping Center, Sal's is in a convenient location to downtown.

Sal's is family run that specialized in Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Victor bought Sal's in 1990 and decided to keep the name Sal's but added "by Victor." A couple of years ago the place burned down and they had to rebuild. The fire started in the kitchen and in moments the place was engulfed. Because of the fire, you now have a new restaurant with great oil paintings on the walls, large tables to seat 8+, a huge room in the back for larger parties and a warm and friendly atmosphere. 

You can browse the online menu and order takeout. This is very convenient for the nights when the kids have a thousand things to do or when you are visiting and just want to relax after a day at Busch Gardens, Water Country or exploring Colonial Williamsburg. Sal's also delivers within a 5 mile radius! 



So what do I suggest to eat? 

Mozzarella Caprese: The way they make it is amazing!

Soup of the Day: Always great.

Salad: Get the house dressing. You won't be sad you did.

The pizza is great to share. For those budget conscience, this is a great option!

Grilled Chicken Tortellini: Filled to the brim with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and pasta (I leave out the mushrooms). The cream sauce is to die for. 

Manicotti: When I'm not in a meat mood. 

Baked Ziti: I don't make it at home so I order it here. 

The menu is extensive and I have never had anything I didn't like. Let me know what you think of Sal's by Victor.



Friday, February 26, 2016

Mold: A Four Letter Word

Mold is around all of us. Anywhere there is moisture, mold can grow and when it does, it can grow very quickly. So what can you do to deal with it before it gets out of hand?

Control Moisture:

Moisture is an ideal breeding ground for mold. With a little home maintenance you can keep it at bay. Good ventilation can be achieve by installing exhaust fans, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Keep humidity below 40% and make sure damp area of your home are exposed to dry heat and air movement. Place a dehumidifier in your basement to reduce dampness and moisture levels.

I See a Brown Spot!

Mildew can easily be identified as a patch of discoloration on the ceiling, floor or wall. This is easily treatable with bleach, water and a scrub bush. After cleaning, allow to completely dry. If the wall is soaked and fuzzy mold is growing though there may be a larger issue at bay. It is imperative to find the source of the problem. It could be a leaky pipe or a hole in the roof, the moisture source should be fixed immediately.  If the sheetrock has been completely saturated it will need to be replaced completely or cut out and discarded.

What To Remember:

Be proactive. Nothing is worse than letting something sit there wet. Like a wet bathing suit against your skin too long... yep. Yuck.

Leigh Ann Fisher
Licensed in Virginia