THE BIG DEAL - PART II
We are in situation that many American's are finding right now, needing to sell their home within a certain time frame and dreading it. I watched enough HGTV to know that I need to purge and clean and stage. I have never sold a home before! I have no idea what I am doing. I can fake my way through a lot of things, but this is one where I just feel paralyzed.
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We have the added bonus of being located in one of the worst states for the housing crisis - our home in particular has taken a 30,000 - 40,000 dip since May of this year. Ouch.
We live in a beach town. It has an interesting mix of haves, semi-haves and retirees. Rural suburbia and coastal farmland. So you will frequently see a $800k+ home near a $200k+ home. It just is the layout of the land here. Our little town is sandwiched between an economically depressed city and a very desireable zip code.
Our home is a 1950's box that was turned in to a Colonial style home by additions in the 1980's and 1990's. It is just over 2,300 sq feet of hard-to-heat-in-the-winter home. It is a 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath with bonus family room. The master suite is sickeningly huge. The other bedrooms are 1950's small. An appraiser told us that our walk-in-closet can be listed as a den because it has a window and lighting/heating. Bulkhead basement that was encased for indoor access before we purchased. Sunroom. We have upgraded the kitchen and the master bath.
Bonus - Great lot. Lots of space for the $$. Flanked by incredibly well tended homes on both sides.
Bad - Needs new roof (no leaks but definitely at the age of normal replacement) and is on a busy street.
Ok. Purge. Clean. Have a realtor or two do a walk through. Choose a realtor. Stage. Right?