Melissa Huennekens | The Villages Real Estate, Ocala Real Estate, Belview Real Estate


Finding the right house that meets your family's needs is an important decision; it's one that can affect the quality of your life for years to come. That's why it's especially important to be in a focused, resourceful state of mind when house hunting. It's also helpful to have a clear idea of what you're looking for and have a system in mind for comparing the strengths and weaknesses of every house you visit.

Knowing What You Want

Chances are, you're going to approach your house search with some preconceived notions about features like the floorplan, bedrooms, and number of bathrooms. You may also have strong preferences for a particular school district, the size of the back yard, and proximity to neighbors. One thing's for sure: There are a lot of details on which you'll need to concentrate as you meet with your real estate agent and visit different homes for sale. While conditions are not always ideal for taking it all in, here are a few tips which may help you get the most from the experience.

  • Work from a checklist: Before plunging into a serious house-hunting campaign, it's a good idea to prioritize the features and characteristics you're looking for in a new home. Ideally, you should have a separate copy of the list for each home you visit and create a simple rating system for evaluating how well each property lives up to your expectations. Make note of your impressions and take a few photos of key rooms, such as the kitchen, master bathroom, or whatever areas are most important to you. As a courtesy, ask the real estate agent if they or the homeowner would mind if you took some pictures.
  • Arrange childcare if possible: When you're going over important details with your real estate agent or visiting a listed house for the first time, you'll be able to get more out of the experience if you can devote your full attention to it. Children, especially young ones, tend to be more focused on their own agenda, including hunger, boredom, sibling conflicts, and the impulse to wander off on their own to explore unchartered territory! When the opportunity arises to check out a potential new home, you'll want to have 100 percent of your mental and emotional resources available to appreciate and absorb all the details, nuances, and possibilities of a house that's for sale. Since "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry", it won't always be feasible to arrange alternative (and sometimes last minute) childcare plans for your little ones. When it is possible though, you'll have more of your wits about you for the important task at hand.
  • While it's unrealistic to always expect house hunting to go smoothly and without a hitch, a focused and organized approach to finding the home of your dreams will always yield the best results!
     



    This listing recently sold for $242,000.

    13318 TENNESSEE AVE, ASTATULA, FL 34705  

    Residential
    $242,000
    Price
    $242,000
    Sale Price
    3
    Bedrooms
    2
    Baths
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    This listing recently sold for $195,000.

    2111 ESCOBAR AVE, THE VILLAGES, FL 32159  

    Residential
    $195,000
    Price
    $195,000
    Sale Price
    2
    Bedrooms
    2
    Baths
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    Residential
    $169,900
    Price
    2
    Bedrooms
    2
    Baths
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    The Florida luxury home selling journey varies. Thus, what it takes to sell a luxury house in Orlando may differ from the steps needed to sell a luxury residence in Fort Lauderdale. But if you allocate time and resources to prepare for the luxury house selling journey, you can streamline the process of selling a deluxe residence in Miami, St. Augustine or any other Florida city or town.

    Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready to sell your Sunshine State luxury house.

    1. Analyze Your Home's Strengths and Weaknesses

    It often is beneficial to conduct an inspection before you list your Florida luxury home. That way, you can identify any underlying home problems and correct these issues right away.

    Home inspectors are available in Lake Worth, Tallahassee and other Florida cities and towns. These professionals are happy to walk through your luxury residence and help you identify your house's strengths and weaknesses. Best of all, once a home inspector finishes his or her evaluation, this professional can provide you with a report to help you prioritize property repairs.

    2. Upgrade Your House's Curb Appeal

    Your luxury home may only get one chance to make a positive first impression on a buyer. If you upgrade your home's curb appeal, you could boost the likelihood that your Sunshine State luxury residence will impress buyers.

    Generally, it helps to mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform lawn care tasks to boost your Florida luxury house's curb appeal. You also should fix any cracked or damaged home exterior siding that otherwise detracts from your house's overall appearance.

    3. Eliminate Clutter

    You should do everything possible to help buyers fall in love with your residence as soon as they walk through the front door. If you remove clutter from your Sunshine State luxury house, you can make it simple for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

    It may be beneficial to conduct an in-depth Florida luxury home cleaning prior to listing your residence as well. You can always clean each room of your Sunshine State luxury house on your own. Or, you can speed up the home cleaning process by hiring professionals.

    As you prepare to add your luxury home to the Florida real estate market, you may want to hire a real estate agent, too. With a real estate agent at your side, you can receive lots of assistance as you navigate the Sunshine State luxury housing market. If you are unsure about how much to ask for your Boca Raton luxury home, for example, a real estate agent can help you set a competitive initial asking price for your house. On the other hand, if you are uncertain about how to stir up interest in your South Beach luxury residence, a real estate agent will help you promote your home to the right groups of buyers.

    Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you could reap the benefits of a fast, profitable Florida luxury home selling experience.




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