Portsmouth NH Real Estate | 5 Things To Do Before Listing Your Home For Sale

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Are you thinking about selling your home?  If you are, you want to seize the opportunity to make a really good first impression so it’s worth taking a little extra time and effort BEFORE you actually put your home or condo on the market for sale.

 

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This list of top 5 things to do BEFORE putting your home on the market will help you do just that:

  1. Have your home pre-inspected – by having this done before you list your home or condo for sale, you’ll know in advance what issues might come up, and it also shows potential buyers that you put extra effort and care into getting your home ready for the market.
  2. Neaten up, tidy, clean, and organize – you’re going to be moving anyway, so if you clean out things you’re not going to keep and start packing other things up, you’ll have a neater more inviting home for potential buyers to view.  By paring down personal things out on display, cleaning out closets/basement/garage, packing up those things you rarely or never use, your house will feel roomier and will allow potential buyers to visualize their furniture and  belongings in your house.  Clean everything and make it shiny and inviting – clean windows, carpets, ceiling fans, baseboards, etc. – taking these extra steps send a message to potential buyers that you really care about your home and it gives them a very nice feeling as they’re viewing your house with thoughts of possibly buying it.
  3. Create inviting curb appeal – potential buyers judge a house by the way it looks from the outside.  If it doesn’t say to them, ‘come in and see the rest of me’, you often lose most buyers without them ever having seen the inside of your house.  Mow the grass, trim the bushes, seal the driveway, straighten out bricks or stones used in walkways, put some mulch down around flower beds, weed them if they need it.  Is there any painting or power-washing needed? Take a look at your house from across the street and see what you see as your put yourself in the shoes of a buyer looking at it from the outside for the first time.
  4. Warranties and home information – find all warranties and manuals for your appliances, furnace, hot water heater, etc.  Write out a list of vendors and contractors you use for work on your home with their contact info – these vendors know your home and buyers appreciate this kind of information, and again it shows how much you care about your home by sharing this information.  Set up a 3 ring binder notebook and insert all of this information into it in an organized way.  Leave this in a location where it can be perused by potential buyers.
  5. Written estimates – if there are things in your home that need replacement, such as roof, carpeting, furnace, etc., get written estimates for replacing/repairing these items and have a copy of those handy, in the 3 ring binder above would be a great location.   Knowing these amounts will help potential buyers budget for them, and will be very helpful with the negotiations.  Without written estimates from contractors for items needing replacing, often buyers tend to estimate far higher than the real cost because they have no numbers to work from.

Taking care of these suggestions before you put your home on the market should go a long way with those buyers who’ve chosen to look at your home with the thoughts of possibly making it their new home.  You rarely get a second chance with buyers so creating the best first impression you can will really be a big factor when your home is put on the market for sale.

 

If you’re a homeowner who’s thinking about selling your Portsmouth NH real estate, make sure you work with a local REALTOR who really knows the market, and knows how to help you strategically position your property.

My partner, Jim Lee, and I live and work right here in Portsmouth, and we have our fingers on the pulse of the local NH Seacoast real estate market – let us put our knowledge and successful track record to work for you.   Read and hear what our clients have said about our services  –  Client Stories.

Call us or email us – we’re here to help you with your real estate needs – ann@anncummings.com and jim@jimlee.com.  1—888-349-5678 ext. 3839 for Ann and ext. 3801 for Jim.

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Selling Your Portsmouth NH Home During The Holidays

Home and condo owners in Portsmouth NH…

and elsewhere, always ask questions about what to do during the holidays with regards to their decorations.  That’s a great question and one that should be taken seriously, by both the agent and the sellers, whether you’re selling a condo or a home.

Less is best, as the saying goes.  Not all potential buyers will appreciate a heavily decorated home, nor will all potential home buyers have the same taste you have in decorations.

The goal is to get your Portsmouth home or condo sold…

….and you want all buyers to be able to see your home and not be caught up in looking at your decorations.  Some fresh greens in a few areas, and maybe some holiday-colored candles would be something festive and simple to use.  Some nice white lights add a nice touch, and also serve to light the outside of your house as a welcoming gesture.

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A recent article in the Portsmouth Herald has some great tips for holiday decorating – “Selling Your Home? Go Easy On Holiday Decor”.  Use this as a professional guide to help you with your holiday decorating.

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Sell Your Portsmouth NH Home Faster and For More Money

Trying to sell your Portsmouth NH home or condo?

If you are, then you know competing for today’s buyers is quite challenging, to say the least.

 

Eliot Maine Homes Antique HomesWant to increase the chances of those buyers wanting to make your Portsmouth home theirs!

You need to go the extra step or two to make your house as welcoming and inviting as you can, and that means from the curb to the inside.

In a recent article in the Portsmouth Herald, an article “Staging Helps Home Sale Speed and Price”, the author talked about the benefits of making sure your home is properly presented to potential buyers, and ways to go about doing that.  Be sure to check out that article for more detailed information on the staging process and how it can help in the home-selling process.

Getting your Portsmouth NH home sold in today’s real estate market….

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….means working with your experienced professional NH REALTOR – setting the proper price and setting the right presentation of your home.

For buyers in today’s market, it’s the EXPERIENCE they feel when they view your home, and you want that to be the very best it can be, from the first moment they lay eyes on your home from the street.  That exterior curb appeal has to be such that it makes them want to come see the inside of the home.  Once they’re inside, you want your entryway to speak to them and beckon them in further.

Getting things right from the start – price and presentation – will help your home sell quicker than the competition and typically for the most money the market will bear.  It’s all about attention to detail and the experience!

 

 

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Scarecrows of the Port | Portsmouth NH Homes

Portsmouth NH Market Square Circle of Scarecrows

If you make your home in Portsmouth NH, or have been visiting and wishing you had a Portsmouth New Hampshire home, you’ve most likely seen all the endearing scarecrows that have popped up all around the downtown area.

Some just kinda sneak up on you, and others are right out there and easily spotted.

These Scarecrows of the Port are the brainchild of volunteers from the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and various businesses around town added some scarecrows of their own this year.  “The Scarecrows of the Port began last year when the submarine USS New Hampshire was commissioned.  It was suggested that the scarecrows would be a good draw to the city and give the submarine event another perspective of Portsmouth.”, quoted from The Portsmouth Herald.

Portsmouth NH Bride and Groom Scarecrow at Sheraton Portsmouth NH Downtown Scarecrow

Take a drive around the downtown Portsmouth area and see how many of these fun scarecrows you can spot!  Every time I drive through town, I see another 1 or 2 that I hadn’t seen before.  And to make sure you’re not missing any, make sure to check out the video and map available at the Scarecrows of the Port website.

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Don’t wait too long to see these scary but lovable Portsmouth NH Scarecrows – they’ll only hanging out around town until November 1st……  if you miss them, you’ll have to wait until next fall to see them again….

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Hampton Beach NH Given 5 Star Rating

 

New Hampshire is blessed to have one of the safest beaches in America as one of our own –
Hampton Beach NH!!

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Of course, those of us who make the NH Seacoast area our home already knew of the great qualities Hampton Beach offers, but it’s nice to have the rest of the country know it now, too. 

 

The Natural Resources Defense Council gave Hampton Beach State Park a 5-star rating because of the cleanliness of the water and best. 

 

One of their spokespeople said, “Hampton Beach is one of the best beaches in the nation. It’s got clean water and it’s well-monitored.”  Another quality used to rate America’s beaches is how well they communicate to the public if there are any problems at the beach – using signs and internet methods.  This is the second year in a row for Hampton Beach to have received a 5-star rating.

The top 3 states that received the highest accolades for having the best beach water quality in the country were New Hampshire (yay!), Delaware and Virginia, in that order.  Hooray for NH – we always knew we had a great quality of life here, and awards like this just show others how awesome it is to make New Hampshire home!

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