(*) A Few Smart Moves Can Gain Sellers Thousands of Dollars (*)
TORONTO, Nov. 13 /CNW/ --
WHAT: Tips for home sellers to prepare homes for a rapid sale earning the
Despite grim news in the New York Times noting the pending home sale
index has hit a record low, and it "hasn't hit rock bottom yet," savvy home
sellers have discovered the secret to selling their homes. (New York Times,
October 2, 2007).
Here are a few ways strategic thinkers prepare to sell their homes:
-- Prelist Home Inspections. These inspections allow sellers to identify
and repair problems rather than lose money during the sale. Statistics
show that for every $1 of identified repairs, the buyer would ask for
double that in a price reduction. Paying $5,000 to repair a roof is far
more enticing than losing $10,000 in the sale.
-- Neighborhood Environmental Reports. These reports provide important
information on known and potential contamination that may exist on or
in the vicinity of a property. The seller could use this information to
ensure buyers that the home is in an environmentally safe neighborhood.
-- An overview of the neighborhood's assets. A list of the neighborhood's
assets can help sellers market the area's positive attributes along
with those of the home. Nearby schools, parks, community pools or other
features can add value for a buyer.
-- Minor interior cosmetic enhancements. Upgrading or enhancing elements
in a home gives potential buyers the feeling that they can move in and
feel comfortable in the home right away. Besides making kitchen and
bathroom upgrades and cleaning floors and windows, the entry way should
be well lit, clean and uncluttered, as it's the first room a potential
-- Minor exterior cosmetic enhances, curb appeal. Establish the right
first impression by making a home's exterior more appealing. Make
certain the lawn is green and mowed. Evaluate any stone walkways to be
certain they're even. Plant flowers to add color and vibrancy.
WHO: Dan Steward, President of Pillar To Post, North America's largest
home inspection service (http://www.pillartopost.com). Steward can share
stories (and contact information) of sellers who used home inspection to help
them negotiate a higher price for their home. In addition, Pillar To Post can
offer interviews with realtors, sellers, and key executives from various home
inspection associations who are all seeing sellers turning to new strategies
to sell homes.
Steward joined Pillar To Post as President in 2004, bringing more than 25
years of business experience to the position. Steward's charter is to support
and extend the consistent growth of the company, ultimately touching over 90%
of the home buying population in the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to joining Pillar To Post, Steward was Vice President from 2000 -
2004 of the Fortune 500 company Iron Mountain Corp., and Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer of Shred-It Group of Companies from 1998
- 1999. He has extensive work experience in the United States, Canada, Europe
as well as north Africa and The Middle East.
WHEN: Mr. Steward is available for phone and in-person interviews now.
WHERE: Mr. Steward is based in Toronto, Canada
For further information:
For further information: Margaret Skillicorn, Marketing and Public
Relations of Diboll & Associates, +1-530-550-7578,
email@example.com, for Pillar To Post Web Site: