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What's My Home Really Worth--- The Question We All Want Answered!

There are really just two major considerations when you determine the appropriate value for your Williamsburg VA property: market value and appraised value.
This is where many people get confused on value--- So many people will say, “The assessed value is X, so that is what it is worth”. This is so not accurate. Many times a house will sell more than the assessed value as the assessed value is what the city/ county taxes you on. I’ve seen houses sell 30,000 over their assessed value and no one wants to leave money on the table. Do you? I didn’t think so!
So let’s go back to the two values I was talking about earlier!
Market value is the value that a buyer…today…is willing to pay for your home. The most effective way to determine market value is to look through the prospective buyer’s eyes---they are the ones you need to impress. Positioning your home properly among competing inventory is a critical step, and it’s important that your agent devotes the time necessary to study current m…

Home Staging Checklist--- The Easiest List

"The Way You Live In Your Home and The Way We Market and Sell Your Home are Two Different Things"  Barb Schwarz

When it is time to put your house on the market For Sale, it is helpful to think about it as a product. Just like any product on the shelves at your local supermarket the prettiest one usually grabs your attention first. Just like any other product, it has its features and benefits and it also has its competitors. To gain an edge you must win both the beauty contest and the price war. One of my favorite sayings is "Pack Now, or Pack Later." The fact is when you sell, the next step is moving. When you move you must pack. So why not think about Staging as getting a jump on packing early. It's a little bit of work but if you are going to do it anyways, you may go ahead and do it now so you can benefit for a higher sales price and a quicker sale!


The Easiest Staging List:


  • Walk through your house as a buyer- Assess EVERYTHING
  • Most Carpets NEED to Cleaned. High a professional. If they need to stretched, do it now before someone asks for it to be done.
  • Unless your home is a "Fixer Upper" badly worn, stained or out of date carpets should be replaced. Offering a credit to pick out their new carpet is very ineffective and some lenders do not allow for it. Choose a neutral color and style or call me and I'll send you a couple of ideas.
  • Check all light fixtures. Are they working properly? Replace burned bulbs. Increase wattage.
  • Use lamps in dark corners and make sure they are on for all showings. 
  • Repair and paint cracks on walls and ceilings.
  • Replace broken light switches and switch plates and make sure they are clean.
  • Remove all items from the Refrigerator
  • Remove most pictures from the walls. 
  • Keep all curtains and blinds open for showings.
I have way more to share with you soon! Any specific questions, ask me! 

Thanks for reading!

Leigh Ann Fisher

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