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Advice on selling home

Planning on selling our house at the end of this school year on Oviedo, Fl 32765.  We already have another house to move to an hour away.  My plan is to move out then put on the market.  Only want to have to super clean it once, plus we have 3 dogs.  So seems better to leave as opposed to trying to live in it while listed.  Does this make sense?

And we have tile floors that were messed up when installed 17 years ago and lots popped up 12 years after.  Some areas have been replaced with same tile but just slightly smaller so grout lines are not perfect.  A huge area in dining room is all loose, but I have enough in the garage to fix it.  Should I fix the floors and have them OK or rip them all out and replace?  House should sell for around 300K.  I think it would be best to fix them and give a credit if needed so new owner could do what they want like wood etc.  Am I on the right track here?

same with carpet, some old some new but dirty.  I am going to super clean them but I think I would be better to give a credit and let buyer choose color or if they even want carpet in those areas.

Yard is very weedy, should I drop 3k on new grass or just treat and make as green as possible?

What is the current real estate commissions? Are they negotiable?

  • November 20 2013 - Oviedo
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Mooneymuscle is a professional agent basher.  He never has anything good to say.  It's dangerous to encourage people when you have no idea their level of competency.

It's easy to make a profile out here and call yourself anything you want. In other posts he claims his wife is an attorney licensed in 4 states.  Go figure.
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You have gotten advice from people who hold a real estate license.  You have gotten advice from some consumer who tells you to do it on  your own - who has nothing at risk by giving that advice.

If you have questions about your house a real estate professional is the best person to guide you.  Regardless of the amount of commission they only GET PAID when you are successful.
  • November 22 2013
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Has an agent come to look at your home in its present condition and offered any suggestions to you based on neighboring comps?
  • November 21 2013
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@ mooney - if so easy, why did you study real estate for 10 years? I checked your profile and you are a professional real estate investor. Be cautious to give this advice to those who have NOT studied real estate transactions, disclosure requirements for a decade and that do not do it for a living.
CAN folks sell  FSBO? Of course, but check the statistics as to what percentage of those transactions are successful. Probably because the average person just doesn't have the experience to handle the liabilitiy of representing themselves in a sale. Can they get this experience? Absolutely. Each state has different disclosure requirements, timeframes involved per contract, EMD handling requirements, etc.

I'm sorry you have chosen poor agents to work with in the past, as with any field, there are good and bad. Many of us work hard for our clients and have helped many, many people who would have otherwise had tremendous headaches and perhaps severe liability depending on what type of issues their homes or properties have, whether they knew about it or not.

Courts are full of real estate cases all over the nation and something that is so easy a caveman can do...well...just plain bad advice. Many people appreciate a professional handling the largest investment they may ever make. If you don't have the need for a professional, or haven't had the luxury of choosing a true real estate professional in the past, that's you. But, as this is an "advice" forum...try to give some decent advice. Your statements are just that. You are offering no real help, only personal comments.
  • November 21 2013
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Fix it up and sell by owner. It's so easy even caveman can do it.
  • November 20 2013
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First Part: Yes

Second Part:  Full replacement is always better then half replacement.  Wood etc...good point, go over this with your Realtor, you really want the home to shine when the buyer's show up, full replacement is most preferred.  

Third Part:  Replace

Fourth Part:  Curb appeal is the Home's "First Impression", make the curb appeal 110% better than your competition.  

Fifth Part:  You get what you pay for and everything is negotiable. 
  • November 20 2013
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Advice we always give our clients as they prepare to sell their home is to drive up and enter their home as a buyer.  What is the first impression you got?  Would you buy this house again?  I know it is difficult to separate yourself from your memories in your home, but try to put the "buyer's eye" on for a little bit.  Like the other agents said, an experienced realtor familiar with the area would know where you should spend your money to get the most return.  Small cosmetic updates often make a much bigger impact than larger investments, which can result in a faster sale - saving you  money in the long run.  Good luck!
  • November 20 2013
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Get an experienced realtor and home stager to preview your home.  Homes that are vacant don't typically sell as well as furnished homes.  A good realtor and home stager, however, can advise on how to furnish market, and price your home to sell. 

  • November 20 2013
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Lots of questions!  You sound like you're on the right track.  I would vote for moving out first since with multiple pets it can be difficult to easily show your place at its best.  You really want to be "show ready" at a moment's notice when you're on the market. 

Not to get in to the specifics on each of your potential projects - I think getting a local realtor or two in there in person for advice will be best - but my thought in general is that it sounds like some of those repairs or replacements might be worth making.  Better to have the place looking great than to give money and show your house with dirty rugs for example.  Others' advice may differ but that's my thought. 
  • November 20 2013
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