Selling?   We will devise a marketing plan together, tailoring strategy to the property and to your specific timing and needs.  My business is structured for you to deal with me directly from A to Z.  You will find me very accessible.  When the phone rings, I pick it up. When you have a question, I find the answer. It is a personalized way of doing business that my clients enjoy and share with their friends and family. I would love the opportunity to create a plan for your consideration. Then the choice is yours.

 

 

Need Curb Appeal?

 

   * First Impressions Are Critical! If everything in the "Curb Appeal Zone", is thoughtfully chosen and in perfect repair - from the mailbox and house numbers to the walkway and landscaping, buyers will think,  "This house is obviously well cared for." Even if the rest of the house is not actually as well cared for, this first impression is imprinted in the brain and very hard to change. You know the basics - Keep the Lawn Mowed (or walks Shovelled!), Trim the trees, Add pots of flowers, and put out a new welcome mat. But here are a few  compelling ideas for taking the next steps...

   * Your Front Door can be your home's curb appeal focal point. Replacing a dinged and uninsulated entryway door with a new steel door (about $1200 installed) brings the biggest bang for the updating buck. Or replacing the old with a wood door complementary to your home style will make a huge initial impact. If your current door can be saved with a coat of paint, just don't overdo. The line between striking and garish can be tricky, so take care with color choice. Consider replacing worn bright brass door hardware with satin nickel, black, or oil rubbed bronze - the door hardward finishes du jour. And of course, if need be, finish with a full view storm door that shows off your efforts.


   * Make your windows sparkle. Wash them in and out. And consider removing the screens for curb sparkle, inside light and ultra-clear views. Clean glass makes a huge difference. Then, how about dressing up the windows with flower boxes? Have shutters? The trend is away from high color contrast greens, red or black toward a more monochromatic pallet that blends with the rest of the house.


   * Your Garage can make a huge impact, depending on its orientation to the house. Does the door need paint? Should it be replaced? A new steel garage door can be installed for about $1500. And if the garage door is a strong design element of the face of your home, it may be worth bumping up to a new decor door. Garage door choices have gotten amazing!


   * The Front Porch is an iconic symbol of American living - Worth staging with perhaps a pair of rocking chairs and a small table, a porch swing or an outdoor living suite. (Same goes for the deck - Stage it as as additional living space.)


   * Driveways covered with cracks and oils stains send the wrong message. If it's needed and in the budget, consider a complete resurfacing. Or cracks can be patched with premixed materials. Driveway cracks a quarter inch or smaller can be filled with asphalt or concrete patch available in calk gun tubes. Your hardware store should have products for removing oil stains from concrete.


   * Evening Appeal - Portable outdoor lamps directed toward your house and toward landscaping focal points add low-cost, high-impact Wow. Put them on a timer. Turn on interior lights for a warm glow from the curb. If you're not wired for outdoors, line a pathway to the door with solars. The technology has improved greatly recently and they are much cheaper to install than wired lighting.


   * Your Home is like no other. Preparing your home for market means finding the greatest positive impact for every fix-up dollar and hour of your time. That's where my years of experience comes into play. I have re-habbed vintage and modern homes for years. And just this year, Loretta and I have so-far visited The Parade of Homes, the Remodeler's Showcase, the AIA "Homes by Architects" two-day tour, six Preserve Minneapolis neighborhood architectural tours, and the twin cities Docomomo (Documentation and Conservation of Building Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement - Whew!) Mid-Century Modern tour, as well as visiting new and existing homes on market. We talked with architects and builders about the specifics of their projects. We analyze the design elements of homes both as an avocation and to keep current with the trends. I have a strong eye for style and my years of rehab experience allows me to recognize how to achieve the best fix up results most cost effectively. It's a small but very important part of service that I provide.

 

 

 

Thinking About Selling Your Home?

 
I will guide you through the entire process of selling your property from listing to sale.  My marketing plans assure your property maximum exposure and personal service.  Contact me with your questions and to discuss your individual needs.

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Business:(952) 471-1119

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York Realty

Ralph Kempf

broker

3675 Togo RoadWayzataMN55391
Cell:(612) 382-8230
Business:(952) 471-1119
Fax:(952) 392-1010

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