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Homework before a home is listed

Today Tami and I met with clients we had sold a home to two years ago, who are planning to move to Indianapolis soon, to be closer to family. Our clients wanted us to tell them what they should do to their home to prepare it for the market.

Minor repairs and unfinished projects were pretty obvious things to put on the "To Do" list. They had plumbed their new screened porch for an outdoor kitchen – should they install the kitchen?  No.  They still hadn’t enclosed their carport to make it a garage. Should they do that? Yes. We then discussed staging – what furniture to rearrange, which to put in storage, what to get rid of – where to add color, what to simplify. What about the exterior of the house – white with red trim? We suggested painting it a warm yellow and since it would be a major project to make the red trim white, instead to paint it a sandstone color, matching the darkest color in their sandstone walkway to the front door.

So we set a target of the first of June for listing this inviting 3 bedroom 2 bath home in the Sun-lit Shores neighborhood of St Petersburg – a convenient location in northeast St Pete, near a park and boat launch area. It has a large family room, a renovated kitchen, a split bedroom plan and a spacious fenced back yard. We’ll probably list it at $300,000 – let’s see how it looks when they’ve finished their preparations.

We like to talk about the neighborhood and its history when we lit a property. Interesting – when I checked the neighborhoods listed on the St Petersburg city website and the CONA (Council of Neighborhood Associations) site, neither of them showed Sun-Lit Shores. So – while our clients are preparing the house for sale, we’ll be looking into the history of the neighborhood.

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