FIND YOUR DREAM HOME!
Rickey Busler has a reputation for delivering excellent service, being a tactful and strategic negotiator, supporting and informing buyers of their rights and for being the best in his market.
EXTENSIVE LOCAL EXPERTISE
Being in business longer than many of his competitors, his market knowledge and insight will give you a major edge.
SELL QUICKER AND FOR MORE MONEY
Our research model is proprietary and based on an analysis of actual agent performance. However, there is a human element to our analytical methods; hidden in data are forces that can often be explained with a little research. It’s this final step that sets us apart, this step accounts for more money in your pocket, a faster closing and a smoother transaction.
Prepping Your Home for Sale
Sometimes, life just hands us the inevitable: just when everything seems right with your home, something happens and you have to sell your dwelling. No matter what your reasons are for selling, remember that now is no time to dawdle, the process of preparing a home for sale can take a month or more. So, here’s how to start:
1. Take a Fresh Look at Your Home
Your home looks great to you, but a buyer wants to see it since he and his family will be living in it — so take a fresh look at your dwelling. Hop in your car, drive around the block, and then scrutinize your home as a prospective buyer will see it for the first time. First, consider what’s called “street appeal;” does it need washing or painting? Does the driveway need repair work? Is the landscaping in good shape? Remember, be very critical; your buyer will be.
Next, pull into the driveway and take a good, hard look. Is the yard neat and trimmed? What about the view from the front yard? Then, walk inside and size up the interior as though seeing it for the first time. Take a tour and imagine what your real estate agent might say about each room, look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom.
Then, make a mental note of the things that might put off potential buyers, along with another list of the things that first attracted you to the dwelling. Remember, the home’s become a great place for you, but a new buyer will see things that you don’t.
2. Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell
Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter in every area — closets, attic storage, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and shelves — everywhere. Remember, this is no time to be sentimental: if you don’t use it, lose it. Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter, and most of us drag a lot more things through life than we really need.
Also, don’t forget the furniture and fixtures when getting rid of clutter — most of us put too much in too little space, which makes a buying prospect, think your home is too small.
Then, have a great moving sale with all the stuff you’ve collected and use the proceeds for paint or whatever other materials you need for repair projects. If you just can’t bear to part with some possessions, store them in the attic or some other place that’s out of sight to a potential buyer.
3. To Sell, Sell, Sell — Clean, Clean, Clean
After you’ve cleared out the clutter, it’s time to really clean. Have the carpets professionally cleaned, strip and polish the floors, scour the bathrooms, go over the laundry room, polish the furniture, scour out the cabinets, wash the windows and window coverings, and spiff up the ceiling fans and kitchen appliances. In short, clean everything.
Don’t forget the exterior; paint or power-wash everything that needs the work. Remember, this is a ceiling-to-floor, roof-to-foundation clean-up project.
4. Get More for Your Home: Repairs Pay Off
After you’ve cleaned the place to within an inch of its life, the next project is making all the repairs necessary to attract a buyer.
So, patch up the roof, touch up all the paint, repair the screens, spruce up the porch framing, and make your entry area really shine. Don’t forget to water the lawn and landscape beds, and take the time to trim, mow, edge and get rid of sick or dying plants. Inside, fix the grout in the bathrooms and on tile floors, adjust any doors that need it, fix any scratches on the walls, cover any stains, and be sure to fix any plumbing problems. Remember, do what your home needs before the first buyer appears at your door.
Also, it’s a good idea to get all this done before getting the real estate broker to make the first listing — a good agent will advise you on what needs to be done. Also, if you have friends willing to be brutally honest about what your home needs to sell, invite them to assess the fix-up needs.
There is, however, an alternative to the sweat equity you get from a total fix-up –but it carries a price. An “as-is” sale keeps you from doing all this work, but a buyer will assess about twice the price you would have paid for the repairs. Then, the buyer will deduct that amount from your asking price before making an offer.
5. Putting Your Home on the Market: Show It to Sell It
After you have cleaned, shined, mowed, and generally whipped your property into shape, it’s time to attract a buyer.
Regardless of who markets your home, you or a broker, there are other, small things you must do to attract buyers. For example, even if it’s bright daylight, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Also, open all the interior doors to make the home appear roomier. Be sure to remove all your kids and pets — they’re cute, but a prospect wants to see your home, not your pride and joy. In addition, make sure your pet’s litter pan is clean so the home smells clean and fresh, not like air freshener. Remember, you need to make sure your home is available to be seen by a prospective buyer with as little notice as possible. That means less than an hour, or even five minutes, if possible.
I already had contacted Rick being that we work out at the same gym. So I got to know his occupation when I had engaged in a conversation with him expressing my desire to sell my home. I had some repair done at my house and some improvements done to my house before informing him that repairs and improvements were completed. This took place over a period of several months. When the listing and selling process was begun he kept me in the loop of the process as it went along showing me homes in the area and their selling prices and we decided on a starting point for an asking price. I saw every communication as the selling process progressed at each stage and was involved the total time. The closing went smoothly and of course the rest is history. I would recommend Rick as the broker to contact to sell their real estate. He will keep you in the loop at every stage of the listing, selling and closing process….Read More
Throughout our selling process, Rickey Busler proved himself to be a most knowledgeable, capable, and trustworthy agent/mentor. Always considerate and concerned about our comfort level, he stayed in contact with us regularly, providing updates and sharing information every step of the way. No question was ever left unanswered! No concern was ever left unaddressed!
He gave us guidance when needed and used his vast experience to make selling our home a smooth process for us. We wouldn’t hesitate to contact Rickey for future real estate sales and highly recommend him to all…. Read More
I received Rick’s name and number from a friend. She gave him glowing reviews, so I called him and I’m so happy that I did. Rick is personable, genuine, honest, and cares deeply about you as a person and as a client. This was not an “easy” home to sell. It was my Great Aunt’s home. There were no recent “updates” to the home and she was was the original owner. Rick worked with us closely in negotiation, pricing, and his experience in the field made things go smoothly. I would happily give Rick’s information out to anyone looking for a wonderful agent….Read More