Crispin bought the house pictured below for less than half the price it brought 5 years before!
To inspect or not inspect… the side sewer
Recently, Ali and Jason were buying a home in the Ruston area of Tacoma, and having their home inspected, they were given the dilemma of should I, or shouldn’t I expend the money for a sewer inspection. As luck had it, they chose the correct answer. And, yes we did have the sewer video scoped. Luck continued on their side, as it turned out in the scoping, that 54 feet of their sewer pipe was crushed and trapping solids in their lines…
For the mere cost of $220 it saved them the cost of replacing and going through the side sewer nightmare. That nightmare can run from $5,000 to $20,000, dependent upon the fix.
Apparently, homes built before 1950, the piping of choice was clay or Orangeberg, a tar paper consistency, which over time tends to blister, erode, and crush down, leaving the homeowners with a basement or home backed up with a sewer overflow hazard.
It had sold for $355,000 4 years before.
In a luxurious neighborhood of Renton, with over 2,000 sq ft, needing only the slightest touch ups, it cost $165,000.
It has doubled in value in less than 3 years. Susie scoured the market for 6 weeks to find this trophy for Crispin. He dutifully examined all the properties that came close but knew right away when they had found the right one!
~ Article by Realty West Broker Susie Watkins
Location, Location, Location! Isn't that what real estate is all about?
But when listing a house for sale, while location is greatly important, we sometimes forget about how a buyers eye is drawn to perfection. With that in mind, how is your curb appeal. Have you even thought about what your house looks like to someone else?
With that in mind, how is your curb appeal. Have you even thought about what your house looks like to someone else?
As a professional in the industry, it is very easy for me to gloss over the worst house in the neighborhood and see the value it possesses, but lots of buyers aren’t ready to handle or tackle the challenge of a “fixer.”
When wanting to get top dollar for your house, take a moment to sit back and look at your house through the rose colored glasses of a potential buyer.
Is the lawn mowed? Have the bushes and trees gotten trimmed? As Diane would ask, “Is the roof clean or is it green?”
These few simple things really make all the difference. It will invite more potential buyers to tour your house.