Back To Your Home

Now that we have touched on some of the other things you should be keeping your eye on when trying to maximize your home’s value, we can go back to the most important factors to keep your emphasis on.

Keep your options open and express your wants & needs

coneOur last two topics discussed sticking to the professionals when it comes to getting your house presentable to any potential buyers and we really can’t stress this enough to our clients.

Put yourselves in the shoes of a home buyer when you are flipping through the seemingly endless amount of choices you will have when it comes to professional contractors and home renovation companies.

What kinds of things would you be looking for when you first pull up to potentially one of the biggest and most important investments you will ever make? These are the things you need to clearly express to any companies that you hire.

Are they willing to work with what you want?

Do they understand exactly what you are looking for?

Is there any hesitation from the contractors in regards to the work that you want done?

These are the sort of things you should be paying attention to when it comes to doing such important work for you and your home. Click here for another team of roofers that we have been recommending to clients for years and have had nothing but success stories come from them. Don’t ever be afraid to pass on a company if you notice any red flags start popping up.

Don’t Forget Your Yard

Although we generally put the most emphasis on the actual home when we are consulting our clients, it is almost just as important to make sure that your yard or property is in, at the very least, a presentable state.

We will further discuss your home’s exterior next but we felt that this topic was worth talking about and is too often overlooked by many sellers.

Just like your home, leave your yard to the professionals if necessary

scape1All too often we run into clients who put too much emphasis on their home and neglect taking proper care of their yard when they are trying to sell their home.

Remember, you want to give any and all potential buyers the best first impression that you can and your yard is basically the foundation for your house and you want it to highlight all of the amazing work that you have had done by hiring professional contractors.

Keep in mind that we aren’t saying that you absolutely must hire a landscaping professional as shown here, but the more work you put into your yard the more value you are essentially adding to your bottom line.

Don’t go overboard when planning or stress yourself out too much when thinking about your yard and property because your home is priority #1 at the end of the day, but it never hurts to go the extra distance and really make your home stand out.

Your Turn

Much like the principles and the other ideas that we mentioned on our first few posts, there are a few things that you, as a buyer OR seller, should keep in mind in regards to the value of your home.

Communicate your needs clearly and concise

As we briefly mentioned before, we here at Lewis Clark Real Estate listen very intently and carefully to our clients needs and do everything we can to cater to them all.

lewisThe same sort of idea should also always apply to whoever you are hiring to do the work on your home, whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned seller. There are a number of contractors that you will be in charge of hiring (unless you plan on doing the heavy lifting on your own or with the help of friends) and they should be willing to do everything they can to meet your needs and expectations.

The exterior of a home is going to be the first thing that any buyer or seller will see so it is imperative that you don’t hold back when telling your contractor exactly what you want.  When hiring a roofing contractor like the one shown here that we have been in business with for years for example, use your intuition to weed through your options and never be afraid to move on to the next one if you aren’t feeling 100% comfortable and confident.

You are going to be faced with a number of potential companies and independent contractors so be ready with a list of questions and things that you can’t live without to help speed the process up.

Principles Continued

In a continuation of our last post, we want to know how we measure up. The Premier Service program was created with your input. Our customer satisfaction surveys, provided to you upon transaction close, help us continually refine our customer focus and maintain high standards. Over time, all our customers will be given the chance to give input to help make us the best that we can be.

lewisYou deserve a knowledgeable advocate in the real estate process, and Premier Service is designed to do just that. Because it’s about
commitment: By partnering with you, listening to your needs and communicating clearly, your home sale or purchase will become exactly what it should be, a worthwhile investment. Let’s face it; the goal of any buyer or seller is to make sure that your money doesn’t go to waste and that purchasing your home or property won’t end up costing more than you anticipated.

What set us apart over these last 2 decades?

In addition to our skilled real estate agents, we have partnered and done business with some of the most reputable and professional contracting companies all over the country and understand the ins and outs of what makes a home valuable, for both sellers and buyers. Finding the right contractor is just as important as finding the right real estate agent. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you are making the right decision and we can now begin talking about that side of the whole process.

Our 3 Principles

Yesterday we mentioned the 3 principles that encompass our agents and today we will discuss them in more detail.

After these are talked about, we can start talking about what makes a property valuable and how to maximize its potential.

Trusted Advisor:

With specialized knowledge and extensive training, GMAC Real Estate Sales Associates will help you navigate your home buying and selling process. We will listen to your goals, and recommend ways to help you achieve them.

Skilled:

The real estate process requires negotiation of complex issues; we are committed to working in your best interests. We will help you secure the best possible price, with the most favorable terms, in the shortest period of time.

Expert:

We will work to ensure your purchase or sale stays on track and on time. You will receive outstanding customer service, our professional expertise, and be offered other services that can help enhance your result – far beyond the transaction itself.

As trusted advisors, skilled negotiators and expert facilitators, our Sales Associates will commit to quality service – in writing. Since we know that a smooth process is based on trust, the Premier Service pledge assures delivery on our promise to provide extraordinary customer care. Both the Sales Associate and you, the client, sign an agreement to make this unique relationship official.

We want you to understand the process in full, from beginning to end, and stay in regular contact so you are informed at every step. Our sales team can also recommend ancillary home services that will offer clear, added value.

The Early Stages of L&C

Since the beginning of our company in the year 2000, there are many standards and rules that we still stick by to this day. Here are some of the main services and standards that got this company going and helped up become what we are today.

How would your real estate experience improve if you had a skilled professional guiding and advising you every step of the way?

All too often, customer service programs are created in cushy conference rooms, far removed from the people for whom the programs are designed. Those efforts often miss the mark because they aren’t drawn from the group that matters most: the customers.

With Premier Service, GMAC Real Estate’s comprehensive business philosophy, we’ve gone right to the source. You’ve told us that buying and selling a home can be stressful, time-consuming and sometimes overwhelming. We want to change that. The Premier Service pledge of service excellence means that GMAC Real Estate’s professional team of Sales Associates assume three important roles:

lewis1Trusted

Skilled

Expertise

These are three principles that we stand by to this day and only agents who excelled in all 3 were to become a part of our amazing team.

There are a number of different things to look for in a property to make sure that you are getting the maximum return on your investment and these are the things that we will be discussing throughout our page.

Welcome and thanks for checking us out!