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Tuesday, December 1, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: How Can Selling As Is Benefit You?

Here’s how selling as is can benefit you.
 

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If you have a home to sell, selling it in as-is condition can actually benefit you. 

The biggest pro to selling as is: Your transaction will involve less stress, less hassle, and no repairs. When one of my clients sells a home as is, I always make sure that the “as is” verbiage is mentioned in the agreement of sale document. I want buyers in this situation to know that they’re buying as is—meaning you won’t repair anything or offer any concessions. The buyer can still schedule home inspections, but those inspections will be for informational purposes only. They can’t ask for any repairs or concessions based on them. 


If the property in question is an estate (i.e., you took it over for a deceased relative and have no knowledge of it) rather than the home ...

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Friday, November 6, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: What 5 Factors Determine My List Price?

Here are the factors that we use most often to determine a home’s value.
 

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There are five factors we look at when determining where to list a home for sale:


1. Condition. How does your home rate compare to other homes in the neighborhood? Is it outdated? Does it need major renovations? When were the windows, sidings, roof, and flooring last replaced?


2. How your home compares to others in the neighborhood. Do you have the same amount of bedrooms and bathrooms? What about the square footage?


3. Taxable assessment. Where does your property’s assessed value compare to others that have sold recently in the neighborhood? This figure is based on bedroom, bathroom, and square footage numbers. Every year, property values are assessed for their current value based on the standard system for determining annual property taxes. Once the pr ...

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Thursday, October 22, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: Why Are Pre-Sale Home Inspections So Important?

Here’s why you absolutely should get a pre-sale home inspection before listing your home.
 

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Getting a pre-sale home inspection is the most important thing you can do before listing your property for sale. 


As the broker and owner of The JRS Realty Group, I’m a huge proponent of preparation. When preparation meets opportunity, success is inevitable. That’s why prior to one of my clients listing their home, I love to discuss the importance of pre-sale home inspections. Our pre-sale home inspection includes the home inspection itself, a termite inspection, and a radon inspection. If your property is serviced by well water or an on-site septic system, we’ll inspect those items as well. 

A pre-sale home inspection allows you to see any issues before potential buyers do. This is critical because most deals fall through ...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: How Can You Improve Your Home to Get Top Dollar?

Some areas are more important than others when prepping your home for the market. 
 

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If you’re looking to upgrade your home so it sells for top dollar after you list it, here are five areas to focus on:


1. Curb appeal. When a potential buyer drives up to your home, their first impression of it happens from the outside. What do your landscaping, trees, front door, siding, etc., look like? Is everything in order?


2. The front door. What does your front door look like? Is it old and dilapidated? People enter your home through the front door, so make sure yours is freshly painted. If you have to replace it, go ahead and do so. If you don’t want to replace it, you can also try replacing the hardware (the knob, lock, kick plate, etc.) so everything looks new. 

"When a potential buyer drives up to your home, their first impress ...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: What Should I Do for Fall Home Maintenance?

Here’s a quick five-step guide to prepare your home for autumn.
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Now that it’s summer, you can start thinking about how to prep your home for the next season. Here’s a five-step fall maintenance checklist for your home:

1. Call a qualified HVAC contractor to service your unit. Make sure they inspect it so that when you turn the heat on, everything is operational and efficient. 

2. Turn off outside hose bibs. Any outside hose bibs left on will be the first things to burst when the temperature drops below freezing. Even if you have frost-free hose bibs, I still recommend turning the water off from the inside first, opening the hose bibs on the outside, and making sure all of the water is drained from the connecting pipes. A burst pipe will cost you thousands of dollars to repair. Also, disconnect the hoses from the hose bibs, drain the w ...

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