I want to put my house for sale, but I' still doing fix up jobs

Asked by craigob, Philadelphia, PA Mon May 20, 2013

I want to put my house for sale, but I' still doing fix up jobs like carpet cleanings and cosmetic stuff, with working full time and being on my own Its taking longer than I expected and cannot afford the prices contractors are charging for small jobs, can I still list my home and continue to work on the items myself or should the house be 100$ finished?

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R. Eric Axel…, Agent, Sewell, NJ
Mon May 20, 2013
Hi Craig, I agree with my colleagues that you should finish, but I would recommend you at least hire your realtor now, do most of the paperwork, let the realtor begin getting the word out, etc. For example, somebody may be looking for your type of house now. It's important to get the word out before they buy something else!

Good luck!
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Prat Jain, Agent, Langhorne, PA
Mon May 20, 2013
I have had clients do that before and yes, you would probably get a bit less depending on what repairs are left BUT like Fred mentioned, you may come out ahead in the end.

Feel free to call me if you would like to discuss options.

Prat Jain
Cell 215-208-8722
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Christina Fe…, Agent, Drexel Hill, PA
Sat Jun 8, 2013
Hi there,

While it's important to stage your home to optimize showings, you don't want to put too much more work into the home if you are ready to sell.

The price of your home is a reflection of what is happening in the market around you. We will have to look at what has sold in your neighborhood and price accordingly.

Have you spoken to anyone about proper staging?

I would be more than happy to walk through your home with you and talk about how to stage your home without having to continue to work on it.

Give me a call and we'll talk. My cell is always on! (914) 469-7672.

Have a great weekend! :)

Christina Ferriello
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Alexis Jeffr…, Agent, Jenkintown, PA
Fri Jun 7, 2013
HI Craig!

Well, if it's small jobs then it may make sense to put it on the market in the meantime.

There's a lot of Buyers out this summer 2013 season.

Please contact me in the near future to explore all your options.

I'm a Licensed Agent here in beautiful PA! I will be Licensed in New Jersey by winter of 2013.

I am available for all your PA residential real estate questions, buying, and selling needs.

Alexis Jeffries
Liberty Bell Real Estate
Of Jenkintown
Office: 215-885-3332
Direct Phone: 215-237-4147
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Philip J. Cu…, Agent, Feasterville, PA
Sat May 25, 2013
Craig, June has said it all the main thing is appearance, appearance, price if priced right and looks good with max. amt. of GOOD pictures the Buyers will come call me at my office and I'll tell you how I'll get you HD video and Professional pictures. 215.725.5700 X49

Philip J. Cunningham Sr.
V.I.P. Realty Corporation
7942 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152
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June, Home Seller, Philadelphia, PA
Sat May 25, 2013
Hi Craig,

My story is EXACTLY like yours. Same scenario. What I did was to start de-cluttering my house. Everything that I would not be taking with me had to go. I also began to paint and fix up as necessary. Towards the near end of that process I contacted a Realtor. She came in, looked over the place and gave me her opinion. She let me know that I needed to take advantage of the spring buying season and told me about other options. I continued to fix-up and repair during every minute I had free and also by taking a day off from work here and there. 95 percent of the work was done by me. My family came in to help me paint a little. Once everything was de-cluttered I could pay more attention to the fix-up and repair, but my focus at this point was to get everything ready to take pictures. That's important because even though it was ready to take pictures that did not mean everything was fixed. I put everything in place JUST FOR THE PICTURES. My realtor came in and helped me to stage, even bringing in things of her own. I kept repairing through the whole process.

Now the pictures have been taken. I then signed the contract and the sale sign went up outside. I am still fixing up as I go. People come in to view the place everyday. I am still repairing. My suggestion to you is make it look good, picture perfect. Clean those carpets. What would you like to see if you were going in to buy a house? Do ALL the cosmetic stuff - then continue to repair. It's working for me. Be Blessed.
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Cynthia Ray, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Mon May 20, 2013
Hello Craig. Preparing a property to list it for sale can often be a time consuming and costly pursuit depending upon what type of work the house needs. Carpet cleaning, painting and cosmetic repairs are all part of what is considered "staging" the home for sale. This can also include de-cluttering the home, rearranging and sometimes adding or removing furniture to help the spaces in the house show to their full potential. It is always advisable for a homeowner to put at least some effort into staging the home to help it show at it's best. First impressions are extremely important and most buyers will know within the first 5 mins of entering a property if they are potentially interested in purchasing the home.

That being said, there are certain repairs and cosmetic fixes that are well worth the time and money to do and there are also things that sometimes sellers feel they need to do that will not necessarily add to the value of the home. It can be hard to determine what should be done and what will make a real difference. This is when it's helpful to get the advice of an experienced real estate professional to assist you in determining what should be done to help your particular property sell for it's best price. You should definitely have someone do a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for your home to compare it to other properties in the area that are currently for sale and that have sold in the recent past. This will help you evaluate the value of your property at a particular point in time and decide what your budget should be for doing such repairs and staging etc.

Another consideration is the time it will take to complete the repairs/staging and the time of year that you are choosing to list the home for sale. Right now, we are reaching the end of the spring real estate market which runs from about early March through mid-June. This is the absolute best time of year to place your home on the market since you will have the most buyers looking for potential properties to purchase. After mid-June, people start going away for summer vacation and things slow down considerably in July and August and pick up again after Labor Day. You want to time your repairs/staging to allow you to place the house on the market at the most optimal time of year if possible.

In short, there are a lot of factors to consider when determining what to do and when to list your property for sale and you should definitely get a realtor involved in your decision making process as soon as possible to evaluate your property and advise your appropriately. A good realtor will even take the time to help you coordinate the work to be done and take some of the burden off of you during the process.

If you have any questions or would like me to visit, evaluate and prepare a CMA for your property, I would be happy to do so. I pride myself on being a full service real estate professional and will do whatever is necessary to help my clients through what can otherwise be a stressful process. Please feel free to call or email me if I can help.

Cynthia Ray
Addison Real Estate Co., Inc.
266 S. 23rd Street, Ste. 16A
Phila., PA 19103
Cell: 609-220-6717
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Philip J. Cu…, Agent, Feasterville, PA
Mon May 20, 2013
Craig There are things with listing your house that a Realtor can do while you're doing the fixer jobs. I think it is interesting that nobody asked where your house is or if you have gotten a CMA done before you started the work please call me at my office to see if I can be of help since I'm in many ways still from the old school where putting your NEEDS before other things So please call me 215-725-5700 X49 so I can at lease point you in the direction you should be going in. Don't let anone pressure you into thinking that their way is the o0nly way

Philip J. Cunningham Sr
V.I.P. Realty Corporation
7942 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia,PA 19152
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Don Sherman, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Mon May 20, 2013
Good afternoon,Craig;
In marketing your house my responsibility is to get you the most money as possible.To reach this goal it is important the first impression a buyer gets is a positive one.To this end I strongly suggest you continue to do the cosmetic work and once finished,put the house on the market.When a buyer gets a negative first impression there is not a second chance.
I will be happy to do a market analysis and view your house to give you the value and some pointers.
I do have letters from previous clients speaking to my dedication to my clients and will be happy to send these to you if you would like to send me your email address.
My best;
Don Sherman-SRES
Century21 Advantage Gold
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Fred Glick, Agent, Mountain View, CA
Mon May 20, 2013
I've done that before.

Just expect to get less for the place but you may actually come out ahead.

Fred Glick
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Ian Perler, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Mon May 20, 2013
Hi Craig,

It's always best to have everything finished before you list a home, so that your showing the best possible home to potential buyers. That being said, it is always worth exploring all the options. I would be happy to meet with you and discuss the selling of your home in greater detail. You can reach me anytime on my cell (203) 770-3803 or via email at Ian@MrPhillyRealEstate.com. I look forward to hearing from you.


Ian Perler

Sales Manager / Sales Agent
Licensed in New York & Pennsylvania
Cell: (203) 770-3803
Email: Ian@MrPhillyRealEstate.com
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Keith J. Law…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Mon May 20, 2013
Hello Craig,

Yes you can still list your home. Give me a call when you are free and I will be happy to speak with you and go over some things. You can reach me at 267-688-1110.

Warm Regards,


Keith J. Lawson
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