Things to know about Lavallette Real Estate

Whether you are looking to buy, rent, or sell in the Lavallette real estate market, there’s a few basic things you may need to understand about real estate.  The market is an ever-changing beast and no matter what you are in the market for, it’s best to have an experienced, trust worthy real estate agent or company at your side to help you maneuver all the pitfalls. lavallette real estate happy family

  • Upgrades – If you are selling your home, you may feel pressured to make a lot of expensive upgrades before you put your house on the market.  While a recently upgraded home certainly does attract more attention, you may not get back what you put in.  There are certain upgrades that are worth the money and some that are not.  Speak with a real estate agent prior to making any big-ticket changes to make sure you are making the right choice.  As previously mentioned, while the upgrades may not give you an equal exchange, they may get your house sold.  Depending on the market, it may be necessary to do some larger upgrades to get the home sold.  If you’re buying, the argument can be the same.  Figure out where the price of the house is coming from.  If the house seems to be priced high, the seller may have made some bad decisions on what to upgrade and can be trying to get their money back.  You need to decide if the value of the home seems fair and if not, it will certainly affect your offer.
  • Clean homes – If you are looking to rent or sell your home, cleanliness is key.  Of course, no one wants to buy or rent a dirty home.  This includes smell.  If you have pets, the more you clean, the better.  Not everybody has pets and just the odor of owning a pet can turn people away.  If you are searching for a home to buy, you may be able to look past some dust and dirt, but be sure to inspect all stains to ensure they are not water damage or something that can be an indication of a larger problem.
  • First impressions – You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it a good one.  If your home is for sale, make sure your hard and landscaping is kept in a clean and organized state.  If it is spring or summer, plant flowers and keep them healthy. If it is winter, keep walkways clear and safe.
  • Interior décor – Go neutral with your interior design when selling or attempting to rent your home. Remove all personal effects and keep things generic.  Even though it is only paint and decorations, some people can’t imagine a room looking any different than how they see it now.  If you are buying look past paint colors as they are one of the easiest and cheapest things to change.  If renting, ask if it’s ok to change the paint and understand you may need to paint it back when you move out.

While there is infinitely more to know about Lavallette real estate, these are some basics.

Unless you are a Lavallette real estate professional, find a trusted real estate agent to help you.  They can help steer you in the right direction whether you are buying, selling, or renting.  You will need someone by your side who has your best interest in mind so do  your research before signing on with any agent.