Dawn Griffin

Saint Louis City-Focused Broker/Salesperson
GRI, e-Pro, Licensed REALTOR®

dawn@dawngriffin.com / 314.413.7086

Dawn Griffin

Getting A House Ready for Market

Getting your house ready for market is perhaps one of the toughest parts of the process. It takes a lot of effort to get a house show-ready. It begins with packing and cleaning. But can also include small and sometimes big projects.  Below is a list I made for one of my clients recently. It took me a little over an hour to walk through the house and make the list. It took the owners about three weeks to accomplish everything on it.

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The bigger projects on that list included refinishing the wood floors, weeding the overgrown brick patio and painting all the trim. Some of this the sellers could do themselves; some of it needed the help of a professional. The owners invested a lot of time and money getting their place ready to go on the market. But they are serious about selling and they know this is a tough market.

Truths for Every Listing

First, you are moving, so pack your things. May as well get a head start on this and start boxing your belongings and getting them out of the way. This is what agents mean when they say DE-CLUTTER.

Second, no one wants to buy your dirt. If you are not good at cleaning or just don’t like it, call a professional. A deep clean will go a long way with the buying public.

  • Dust and Wipe all the baseboard
  • Dust and Wipe all the ceiling fan blades
  • Dust and Wipe all the air return ducts
  • Pack and Organize the Basement
  • Wipe the light switch covers and door knobs
  • Clean the windows
  • Scrub every corner of the bathroom(s) and kitchen (including inside of refrigerator, microwave and stove)

Third, it’s time to get to work on the all the little projects that you intended to do for yourself. For instance, if you ripped up the carpet in the bedroom, but never got around to re-finishing the floor, now is the time to complete that project.

Small But Mighty: Circa Facts

It has been a little slow lately and that has given us (at Circa) time to get back to basics, work on business plans, brainstorm new marketing ideas and re-focus our efforts.  Our broker just out a “state of the union” to remind us of how hard we have been working. I was very impressed by the numbers below. I hope you are too. It’s been a very good year for our office and for our clients!
The current 2010 Circa Team of 13 licensees has:
• been to the closing table over 825 times!
• collectively closed over $133 million in volume
• has a collective 74 years of experience (everyone’s number of years of being licensed agents)
In addition, our Circa Properties 2009 stats on listings were:
• 2009 Closed deals: 104
• 2009 Close volume: $17,330,449
• 2009 Average sales price: $167,234
• 2009 Average days on market: 103
• 2009 Average list to sale price ratio: $95.52%
Here are our year-to-date stats for 2010:
2010 year to date as of September 1, 2010
Closed deals: 105 (already ahead of 2009!!) 50 listings and 53 buyers, so almost half-and-half
Closed production: $17,234,675 (tied for all of 2009)
2010 Average sale price: $165,924
2010 Average days on market: 85