Listing with Masha Halpern - Boutique Real Estate with Keller Williams United. Serving Chapel Hill & Durham, NC & Surrounding Areas.
Preparing Your Home Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery? It's a fact: acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions. Here are some inexpensive ways to maximize your home's appeal: Exterior Keep the grass freshly cut. Remove all yard clutter. Apply fresh paint to wooden fences. Paint the front door. Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds. Clean windows inside and out. Wash or paint home's exterior. Tighten and clean all door handles. Ensure gutters and downspouts are firmly attached. Interior Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knickknacks (consider a temporary storage unit). Clean or paint walls and ceilings. Shampoo carpets. Clean and organize cabinets and closets. Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps. Clean all light fixtures. For Showings Turn on all the lights. Open drapes in the daytime. Keep pets secured outdoors. Play quiet background music. Light the fireplace (if seasonally appropriate). Infuse home with a comforting scent like apple spice or vanilla. Vacate the property while it is being shown. Masha@MashaHalpern.com | 919-414-0337 | www.MashaHalpern.com
Client Endorsements Masha facilitated the sale of our home in Chapel Hill, the community while unique had to have the attention of a very skilled Realtor, especially since we were living in Charlotte and starting the build of a new home and the extensive travel we do for work made for some challenges. The marketing, feedback, numerous showings were all done seamlessly and we could not be more impressed with her abilities,from start to finish, we highly recommend her services. Her professionalism, market knowledge, and communication skills were top notch. Jeannamarie Shephard Sold with Masha in 2017 Masha guided us through every step of the process from "when should we go on the market?" to "That's it--we're done? That wasn't so bad!” This shouldn't have mattered, but it did: we liked her as a person. We enjoyed simply talking and laughing, with her. Even getting us to sign endless forms didn't phase her. She always had them organized, could explain every phrase and paragraph, and didn't seem to mind explaining again--and again. We liked her, and we liked doing business with her. She provided capable workmen when necessary, staged our house with taste and style, and calmed our jitters with aplomb.She knew what we should fix and what the new owners would want to do themselves. If left to our own instincts, I think we'd have made the wrong choice in every instance. And did I mention, our house sold for more than we'd thought possible? Bonnie Olsen Sold with Masha in 2016 Masha couldn’t have been more helpful or supportive. She is proactive, attentive to details, experienced, and wise. She is also very efficient. I don’t think that I have ever dealt with anyone who responds to inquiries and problems so quickly and so thoroughly as she does. She is also very pleasant to work with. I recommend her without hesitation. CW Wooten Sold with Masha in 2017 Ask us for more references! Masha@MashaHalpern.com | 919-414-0337 | www.MashaHalpern.com