Folks in the Southeast USA get more than enough sunshine and vitamin D to keep their spirits high. But even on a gloomy day you grab a can of cashews to increase your serotonin, and take a drive into one of the coastal communities and you will feel upbeat in no time at all. Adding color to a house adds great curb appeal, personality and above all makes it a home. A choice of paint color is not an impulsive move but more thought out like someone getting dressed to impress…..
Tip for travelers: If your on the I95, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida all have unique coastal communities worth circling on your map for a scheduled stop.
The holiday season along with the winter chill is typically not the most popular time to list your home for sale. For those that decide whether by choice or urgency to be on the market there are some upsides to this.
You will have the advantage of low inventory which results in less competitive listings
Buyers that shop during this time are as serious about buying as you are about selling, they may have a home they sold or are relocating to your area
You can show off the personality of the home with glittering lights and the soothing scents of the season
You can make your visitors feel right “at home” softly playing merry music
Tasteful decorations can be as good as staging
So…….Ho Ho Ho….and if you get nifty wrap your home in a bow
That perfect light fixture set off just the look you were aiming for when you when redecorated your living room. As you are getting your home ready for the market you become reluctant to pack it up even though you have no plans of leaving it.
Now you are torn between the “staging effect” it can have on a buyer and the possibility of the light fixture becoming a negotiable item even though you state in your owners disclosure that it is not remaining and will be replaced with another fixture of the buyers choice within a stated allowance.
My suggestion is to remove it, because it may become the one item that tipped a buyer in your favor, and chances are they would have still offered to buy your home without it because the most important things like size, price and location are what they are really shopping for. Once a buyer sees it and likes it they will want it.
A stand alone lamp in the same room would be considered personal property but since the overhead light is attached by permanent wires it is considered a fixture and the buyer may assume it is included.
Both buyers and sellers alike overlook items and get surprised at a final walk though when they discover something must stay or go. Some of the most common items I have re-negotiated at a final hour of closing the sale are:
Flowers and trees
Portable appliances such as a water softeners, floor heaters , window unit air conditioner, humidifiers
Room size area rugs
Shelving units and bookcases that stand alone
Decorative light switch plates
Window treatments (blinds may stay but the curtains are removed)
Window flower boxes
Outdoor buildings (sheds)
Security systems (the owner may be obligated to a lease)
The easy solution to avoid these misunderstandings is a careful review of the checklist on a owners disclosure statement regarding the items remaining with a home. Also, a review of any exclusions on the Real Estate agents listing sheet, and always address any item of question in the purchase and sale agreement. If there is an item of personal property that works well with a home a buyer can always ask for it or purchase it from the owner and note it on a personal property agreement.
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Most people enjoy a frightening fireside story about a haunted house. Stretch your imagination a bit let’s talk about the friendly ghost in a home that occupants typically learn to live with and accept their presence.
Yes, they can be disruptive walking around the house at night turning on lights or opening doors and cabinets but other than that most folks get used to having them around.
Some people say that they follow a family if they move, others say they act up when a new family moves in just to claim their spot.
Whatever your ghost story, take it as a compliment because if you were not a “good spirit” they would not want to be there with you.
Happy Halloween, stay kind you never know who might pop in for a visit.
Old homes are such a treat to tour. It’s just so cool to see how folks managed without all the modern improvements. If I lived here the porch just might be my favorite place, especially in the rain with the pitter patter of a good southern rain storm.