Nina Rogoff's Insights on Sharon Real Estate and More!: March 2011

Million Dollar Homes Need to Look the Part!

Million Dollar Homes Need to Look the Part!

palace

If your house is properly priced to sell at a million dollars or more in Sharon MA or Canton MA, it must be absolutely immaculate and in excellent condition! There may be parts of the country where a million dollars only gets you a small, out-of-date house. Around here, though, one million dollars or more still means the house needs to look good. Really good!

I was in one of these high-priced homes earlier this week and noticed the beautiful moldings, marble floors, crystal chandeliers and...the stained, beige carpeting that covered the winding staircase and the second floor hallway. The listing agent asked me what I thought of the price and I said, "At this price, I think they need to have the carpeting cleaned to get the stains out. Otherwise, they need to replace the carpeting." He thanked me for that suggestion and thought the sellers would probably do that when he passed along my feedback.

palace fountain

Another house has been on and off the market for almost 4 years. It started over $1.3 million dollars. Guess what? It's not a million dollar house. This is one of those situations where the owner knows how to list the house better than any of the three agents who have been hired in the past. I wasn't one of them, by the way, because I told the owner the house will sell when it's priced under $900K. But, here's the thing...when you walk up to the front door of this beautiful looking home, you expect to be walking on a nice stone-paver path. Instead, you'll be walking on concrete slabs which the home owner has repaired himself by putting slats of wood between the slabs that have crumbled over the years, and then patched around the wood with a concrete mix...which remains a different color than the rest of the slab. Does this scream "a million bucks"?

floor

Then there's the house that has settled over the years. Ok, I get it. Houses do that. But, when I walk up the stairs to the second floor, I don't want to see the hardwood trim under the ballustrade at the top of the stairs jutting up 1-inch above the hardwood floor into which it is supposed to be smoothly set. Fix it! Patch the cracks in the plaster ceiling where the roof line changes and repaint. It's a million dollar house. Make it look that way!

If you are thinking about selling your home in Sharon MA or Canton MA, give me a call. I'll help you determine the market value for your home and explain how I will market your home to attract buyers. Whether you have a million dollar home or not, make it look it's best and you'll get the best price!

Comment balloon 12 commentsNina Rogoff • March 30 2011 01:32PM
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