These homes knock my socks off! My oldest son graduated from the Haverford School on Lancaster Ave and some of the alumni and parent gatherings where held at homes similar to what you just described. I get chills just thinking about what your momâ€™s home must look like. The prayer doors, the ornate woodwork, the flow of the rooms. Just wonderful. These homes are truly treasures.
To answer your questions:
1-If you are not in a major rush to sell now, I would suggest that you take the time and do as many repairs as possible and then put the home on the market in the spring. Bring out the best of this remarkable property! Buyers are very picky these days. On Dec 23rd, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Alan Heavens ran a very good article (not just because I was quoted in it), but because he raises some very good points about adding value to your home at resale time (I have provided the link for reference, below). There are many good opinions in the article by my worthy constituents; I provide my humble opinion as quoted in the article:
"I think the biggest thing I'm seeing with buyers in this market is the less 'pain' they have to deal with when purchasing a home, the better," "Chance favors the ready-to-move-in home.
"I honestly believe many sellers would help their situation if they work on the basic stuff: removing any and all wallpaper, painting the home in neutral tones, refinishing existing hardwood flooring, replacing wall-to-wall carpeting with neutral carpet, and moderate landscaping," he said.
"If a buyer walks into a home in this market and feels they have to do a major overhaul to the kitchen and/or bathrooms, they usually utter one word," "Next!"
2-As far as choosing the right Main Line agent based on the concerns that you state, itâ€™s a matter of personal preference, who you will feel comfortable with to do the job that you need done. I suggest that you interview at least 4 agents (my best listings where Sellers that interviewed me along with several other agents - we hit it off and this is key - where both on the same page as what needed to be done to get the home sold at the right price and terms for the Seller).
3-Your motherâ€™s concern about publicizing the home on the market can be handled a few ways. One approach is to simply not put any yard signs on the property. You would still have the home listed on the MLS and all the other syndications - so I don't know if that would work,. Obviouusly you need to advertise the home to bring in a pool of ready, willing and able Buyers in your price range. The other way, in addition to not having a sign on the lawn is to do what is known as a â€œquiet listingâ€. There are different approaches to this and your agent may offer his/her advice as to the best approach.
4-Your motherâ€™s concern about having people in the home while sheâ€™s not there is a normal one. Only licensed agents are permitted to show properties in Pennsylvania In other words, any potential Buyers must be accompanied by a licensed PA agent, which should be scheduled in advance with you and your motherâ€™s permission. Also, you may ask the your agent accompany all showings (the Sellerâ€™s agent normally doesnâ€™t accompany the Buyerâ€™s agent and the Buyers on showing unless the Seller requests this). Again, this is a discussion you should have with your agent for the best approach.
I wish you and your mother all the best for the New Year and good luck in the sale of this wonderful property!