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Champaign IL - Great Advice for Seniors During Showings

by Rose Price

If there is one that frustrates real estate agents the most, it is when homeowners decide to stay home for showings!

So, how do you get a senior homeowner to leave when their home is being shown?

First, let’s consider why they are choosing to stay there in the first place.

Even though it may feel like they are just trying to make our lives difficult, there may be in their minds very good reasons for staying put.

Ask yourself these questions... Is it possible they:

§ Don’t drive (or shouldn’t) - especially near dusk or after dark?

§ Have a pet that requires attention and taking them in the car is unsafe?

§ Need to stay near a bathroom?

§ Have scheduled in-home care at certain times during the day?

§ Cannot go out due to inclement weather?

Or, it’s entirely possible that they...

§ Want to meet potential buyers to see if they appreciate their home like they do

§ Are lonely and enjoy the conversation that showings bring

§ Believe it is their role to point out features of the home if their agent isn’t there

§ Are concerned about theft or having others look through their belongings

§ Have some prejudices about who is a good fit for their home (generationally common)

Regardless of their rationale or reason for wanting to stay home for showings, it is our job as agents to get to the bottom of it and provide potential solutions for making showings productive.

This requires a conversation -- a very intentional conversation.

While most of the time and with most clients, we can merely say, “Be sure to leave the house during showings,” and they do, you may need to have a more thorough discussion with senior home sellers and provide your procedure and rationale in writing.

Revisiting this conversation is not a bad idea either, putting them at ease regarding concerns, fears, or questions.

Provide alternatives.

If you are serving an older adult, especially a frail older adult, who doesn’t have family support nearby, you may need to go above and beyond what you normally do relative to showings.

This little bit of extra effort is not only beneficial to the home sale process, but it can also be an amazing gift and value add setting you apart from the average agent.

Information courtesy of KCMBLOG & Nikki Buckelew.

Home Warranties....Good? Or Good For Nothing?

by Rose Price

Home Warranties are a service contract to complete future repairs/ or replacement on household appliances and systems. The interest in Home Warranties seem to go in cycles, but bottom line- they do help both the seller and buyer. Once misconception about Home Warranties is that they are only available for "single family" homes. Untrue- they can also be purchased to protect appliances and systems in condo's, townhomes, vacation homes, multi-family homes and rental properties.

What do Home Warranties typically cover? Most policies cover the cost to repair/ or replace the following:

*Furnaces

* Air Conditioning Systems

* Plumbing & Electrical Systems

* Dishwashers

* Ovens

Garbage Disposals

* Refrigerators

* Water Heaters

and so much more.

Because these items are not typically covered in a Homeowners Insurance Policy, the cost to repair/replace even one item, more than pays for the cost of the warranty itself.  And having one in place gives your buyer an added level of protection and comfort knowing that if something should go wrong with any of these....that it will be covered.  This is another enhancement to the Homeowners Insurance Policies.

If you're a seller, you should know that research from the National Home Warranty Association estimates that, on average, listings with home warranties sell 50% faster than homes without warranties. And Business Week Magazine indicated that homes with home warranties sell at a premium of 3% in higher price.

Even better...these claims are extremely easy to use! Here are the simple steps you would take to file a claim:

  • When a covered appliance or system fails, the home owner calls the Home Warranty company.
  • The Home Warranty company then confirms that the failure is on a covered system or appliance.
  • If the system is eligible, the home warranty company selects a pre-screened service provider from its roster and asks them to make an appointment with the homeowner.
  • When the service provider arrives at the home they will diagnose the problem and call the Warranty company who will then authorize the claim.
  • The homeowner usually pays a service fee to the contractor, and the Home Warranty company pays for the balance of the repair.

‚ÄčFor more information on Home Warranties or any of your Real Estate questions or needs, give me a call and I'll be happy to assist you!

 

Most Common Fall Improvements for Homeowners This Season

by Rose Price

With over half of all homeowners planning to make some type of improvement to their home this year, the question is, what exactly are they changing? Homeowners are choosing to wait until the high temperatures break and cooler weather hits to begin outdoor work, and home improvement companies are looking to unload new products to prepare for the new season, allowing homeowners to grab some great deals as autumn begins.

The most common fall home improvement projects include fencing, interior and exterior painting, window work, flooring, and roof repair, all of which are in preparation for the cold winter weather when home improvement projects are not at the top of your priority list. By getting these projects done before winter, you can put your home improvement projects to rest until spring without worrying about leaky roofs, cold air coming through cracks in the windows, and maintaining the value of your home with fencing and a fresh coat of paint.

The cooler autumn temperatures make for the perfect time to focus more on the home and any remodeling projects, Such projects like adding in bamboo or aluminum fencing, not only increases your family's security, but the value of your home. Now that autumn is officially here, people are likely beginning to get these home improvement projects rolling.

Projects such as flooring, such as wood, can only be done during certain months of the year because certain types of flooring employ adhesives that need temperatures inside the home to be within a certain range, usually between 70 and 80 degrees. Attempting to employ these types of flooring in the winter can make it difficult for the flooring to dry and bond, which will prove problematic down the road.

Fall offers the perfect time to increase the security of your home, particularly for fencing, as the ground is not too hard to work with.
Painting provides a pungent scent and sometimes toxic fumes, making fall the perfect time for painting. Without the humidity, paint can dry quickly, keeping the aromas of the paint to a minimum.

How To Get Your Home Ready For Winter

by Rose Price

With the cold months looming ahead, you've gotten your sweaters, coats and gloves out of your storage bins;  but what have you done to prepare your house for the brutal months ahead?

Readying your house for winter is just as important as preparing yourself.  So here are some tips to get you started:

1) Make sure you have blocked any "leaks" in your home.  This can be your windows, doorways, even electrical outlets on outer walls.  Get your weather stripping, door sweeps or caulking done both inside and out.

2) Clean out your gutters. Yep...cleaning out leaves and other debris that have gotten into the gutters, gives your home optimum drainage potential when snow and ice are gathered on your rooftop.

3) Check your furnace.  Sometimes overlooked by homeowners, but extremely important! Check for a prolonged smell when you turn it on, check and clean the filters each season, and have a professional clean and tune it before you need to use it on a daily basis.

4) Add insulation.  This may cost a little more than you want to spend, but adding insulation to your attic or leaky exterior walls, will save you a bundle on heating costs.

5) Check the duct work.  Did you know that you can lose up to 60% of your heated air if the ducts are not connected correctly, or are full of dust and other particles! 

6) Inspect your chimney. This is so important....doing the necessary cleaning and venting will not only close out leaks that may be present, but will also ensure that your fireplace is not a fire hazard.

7) Reverse those fans! When you reverse the direction of your ceiling fan from summer mode, you will force warm air downward, and keep it circulating throughout the home.

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