Sid and Joe were getting ready to sell their home near Gorgas Park in Roxborough and were looking for a Realtor® to help them through the process. In our first conversation Sid had told me that she had seen my video on the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve and reached out to me because they wanted to work with someone who knows and cares about the neighborhood and who does things like using video to help promote the neighborhood to the people who are most likely to love living in the area.
When Sid, Joe, and I first met we really hit off and it was a pleasure to work with them. We started with a fairly long Saturday morning conversation at their home where we talked about their upcoming move to North Carolina (which happens to be where I’m from) and their concerns about getting their home sold. Like most home sellers, they were looking for information on the value of their home and what they needed to do to get their home ready to sell within their time and budget constraints.
Their home is a beautiful twin just steps away from Gorgas Park, the Roxborough Library, and Planet Fitness. The porch, front garden, and Victorian details gave the home great curb appeal and the high ceilings gave the main floor an open and spacious feel. The home also featured a first floor powder room which is certainly something that buyers prefer over having only a single bathroom on the upper floor. They had also installed a built-in closet system in the main bedroom which provided much needed storage space for them (and the new owners).
Getting the Home Ready to Sell
As beautiful and charming as the home is, there were a couple of things that we were able to do to make it more appealing to potential buyers. The powder room had out-of-date wallpaper, the kitchen range was an old electric unit dating back to the ’80’s, they had a few outdated light fixtures, and they had a few minor repairs that were on their list. In addition to getting rid of a few things to open up space, we focused on these items to help the home show it’s best and get in on the market quickly without spending too much to get it ready.
A handyman was able to replace the range, install new light fixtures, and paint the wallpaper in the powder room at a reasonable rate and Frank at FAD Contracting, a contractor that I work with regularly, came by to take care of a few minor exterior repairs that would have come up on the buyer’s inspection report. I was also able to recommend Ryan Hegarty with Olympia Moving to help Sid and Joe with packing and moving their belongings to their new home in NC.
Once their home was ready, my photographer (Rae Hearts Design & Photography) went to the house for the photo shoot. First impressions are critical when selling a home and the photos will always be a potential buyer’s first look so it’s critical to have an excellent photographer with professional equipment who understands light and composition (and who can put up with my input as we do the shoot).
Within a week of putting the house on the market, the house was under contract and on it’s way to being sold. The buyer performed their inspections and after a brief negotiation we moved on to the next steps in the process of getting the home sold and they were able to get a start on packing for their move. When I stopped by to let them know that we had the “Clear to Close” from the buyer’s lender and to wish them well on their next adventure, Sid said “Thank you for making what could have been a very stressful event and making it as smooth and easy as possible.”
I’m so happy to have gotten to know Sid and Joe and to have been a part of helping them move on to their next their next adventure as they say goodbye to Philadelphia. Best of luck, Sid and Joe!
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