When I was working as an architect, my favorite part of the job was construction administration; working out challenges on the job site with the contractors. It was a very creative, interactive process. I get to use that same creative, organizing process in both preparing a listing for sale and getting it sold.
Most properties need some level of preparation to maximize their potential. On the easy end, it might be ‘pre-moving’ and cleaning up. On the other end, it might be floor refinishing, repainting, repairs and staging.
Many clients don’t have the time or expertise to handle the property preparation process, so it is not unusual for clients to say ‘make it happen’ and hand over the keys.
The client and I walk through the property to come up with a to-do list, which is prioritized. I find most clients have their own to-do list that never got completed during their ownership. We will compare that list to the one we came up with on our walkthrough, with an emphasis on prioritizing work that will get the client the most bang for the buck, talking about likely sale price ranges based on work to be completed. At that point, I will:
- Meet contractors to get bids
- Go over findings with the client
- Establish the work to be done
- Prepare a schedule
- Pick the colors, carpet, floors and finishes
- Visit various suppliers to pick out light fixtures, faucets, shower heads, etc.
- Manage meeting repair people for unexpected items that come up
- Watch progress for scheduled payments
- Collect checks from the client and deliver to the contractors
During this process the client and I will work on marketing specific items, such as disclosures and inspection reports so that we will be ready to market the property for sale as soon as the work is complete.
Commissions are negotiated based on the amount of work performed. Should a client decide they want to stay in their home rather than sell, a fee will be owed for the service, which will be established in advance.
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