Category: selling a home (18)

That’s the plain truth. Our team is blessed with a strong network of clients and referral partners that make our world go round. See, when you send a referral our way not only is that great for business, it’s also a huge complement. It means we have met (and hopefully exceeded!) your expectations to the level you’re willing to refer us to someone close to you.

referralsOur goal is to provide every client with the very best service. So, over the years we have invested in a robust team structure to ensure we can continue to provide top notch personal service to you. Every real estate investment is a major milestone and we are honored you choose to work with us time and again.

If you haven’t worked with us yet, you should know our team has a big love for this city. We have a rich Kansas City history and are always available to share our tips for favorites around town or to connect you with vendors we know and trust. When you need an electrician, family photographer or something in between, we’re here to help. So, please reach out anytime!

Staying Connected

We enjoy staying in touch with you through social media, community functions and events we host during the year. Some of these events, like our Royals outing, happy hour at Pinstripes and our client appreciation and pie event, are our way of extending our thanks to current-year clients and referral partners. Other events like our annual bracket contest/Tanner’s happy hour and our NEW Santa event are open to all!

Thank you for trusting us with your business and referrals. Our success stems from you, so these events are especially fun for us! It’s a great way to catch up and share our thanks for the support you lend our team. With that, we hope to see you at our Santa event December 10 for cookies, cocoa and a FREE professional photo with St. Nick!



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“Kitchens and bathrooms sell a home.” We see it all the time. These are key rooms for attention when listing your home to sell. They are also highly used rooms in a home, which makes them worthwhile for consideration even when you don’t intend to sell soon.

This Zillow Porchlight blog reviews the 9 Signs It’s Time to Update Your Bathroom. Take a look and see which of these signs apply to your space. Unless a complete gut is in your plans, bathrooms are a small enough space that you can tackle a few smaller projects and still make a big difference without taking a huge hit to the budget.

When we review properties with our stager for selling a home, we look for ways to enhance a space so potential buyers are drawn to highlights of a home, rather than distracted by details needing attention. Even a small, relatively inexpensive fix – like replacing outdated tile or old wallpaper – can be a point that a buyer can’t get past. Sometimes it’s worth investing in a home before listing it to sell to attract the buyer and price you seek.


Here are few things you might consider to freshen up your space:

  • Color: could you make a big impact with a fresh coat of paint or maybe even on-trend wallpaper?
  • Tiles: are you up for replacing old or dirty tile in your tub, shower or floor? Have you considered having it refinished to brighten the space?
  • Lighting: do you get good natural light (check any window coverings while you’re at it!)? Could your interior light fixtures use an update?
  • Hardware: does your hardware match? Changing hardware to a popular finish is an easy update!
  • Accessories: buy a new matching set of towels (bright white promotes a spa-like feel); clear clutter; add a plant or candle to soften the space

Have you recently updated or enhanced your bathroom? Share your tips or pics to help others out!

A potential buyer’s first in-person impression of your home begins with the home’s exterior. When they pull up for a showing, does your home offer a clean and welcoming curb appeal? If not, review these tips below to see what steps you can take to make that first impression a great one!

Tidy Up: This is a “must” for every home before you even take photos for your listing. Tidy up your home’s exterior! If you have toys or yard supplies cluttering your yard, find a place for them in your garage or storage. From there, walk the parameter of your home. Do you have bushes that need to be cut back? Old potted plants that need to be dumped? Leaves that need to be raked? Branches down in the yard? Taking time to clear these things will be a huge first step!

Sweep and Scrub: If your home is a little dingy after winter, freshen it up. Wipe down doors and windows. If you have siding that needs power washing, that can make a big difference in appeal. Sweep off your deck and patio; again, a power wash might be helpful here. Same goes for gutters – if they are full with leaves from the seasons past, take a few hours to clean them out. You don’t want potential buyers to feel overwhelmed at a list of possible to-dos facing them if they select your house. Have it clean and clear so they can stay focused on its positive points!

8213 Hauser DriveA Fresh Coat of Paint: An exterior paint job would be on the larger list of things to do to improve your home’s curb appeal, but if your home is sorely in need of new paint, addressing this before you list is probably a good investment. If the home looks OK but your entry needs sprucing up, you could always consider painting the front door for a fresh, bright appearance! This recent listing we had in Lenexa is a great example of how a pop of color can enhance curb appeal!

Show Some Spring: Spring has sprung (hopefully for good now!). And buyers are ready for signs of spring. Consider a colorful wreath or new welcome mat at your front door. Pot a few inexpensive flowers to brighten up your home’s entry. Clear out leaves from the flower beds and put down fresh mulch. Mow once a week to keep the lawn fresh.

Need a Second Opinion?

If you want to list your home soon, but aren’t sure what steps you should take to get the most bang for your buck, give me a call – (913) 980-2434. I would be happy to come to your home and do a walk-through with you and provide suggestions. It’s a great time to sell a home – if I can help you, let me know!!

You have heard the phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This phrase holds true when it comes to selling your home as well. First impressions are the most important to potential buyers, and any more that first impression is almost always made online.

If you have ever looked at homes online, you can probably recall plenty of “bad” first impression home photos. You know the ones I’m talking about – where you can see the person in the mirror taking the picture, or photos that are too dark or grainy. A lot is riding on these photos. You only have a few seconds to catch the viewer’s attention. And, in many cases, the photos will make the difference if the potential buyer will schedule an appointment to view your home or not.

To make sure your home shows its best, I contract a professional photographer, Danny Clapp of DC Photography, for all of my listings. Danny has nearly nine years of experience shooting real estate photography and knows how to make any house look bigger and better. The listings in this post are examples of his recent work.

10013 Redbud Lane, Lenexa, KS 66220

10013 Redbud, Lenexa KS 66220

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“Professional photography is a must if you want your home to look good online and stand out above the competition,” Danny explained. “A realtor who uses my services will get photographs that are wide-angle, bright, accurate color, clear, crisp and straight lines. They will know that their house will get a good first impression to all potential buyers.”

15921 Ballentine Street, Overland Park, KS 66062

15921 Ballentine, Overland Park, KS 66062

BallentineKitchHearth     BallentineMaster

Through my experience with Danny, I have seen first-hand the value his professional photography adds to my listings. If you are an agent or seller and want to work with Danny for an upcoming listing, you can reach him at (816) 853-1335 or via email at [email protected]. Reader Discount:  Mention this post and Danny will take $15 off your next photo shoot!

If you want to learn more about other services I provide to my sellers, give me a call any time at (913) 980-2434.

HomeInspectionJust like when buying a home, there are several steps involved when you decide to put your home on the market. Once you have accepted an offer from a potential buyer, you can expect the buyer’s agent to be in touch soon after to schedule an inspection of your home.

If you did your homework before listing and got your home in tip-top shape, there shouldn’t be much more to do to prepare for this phase of the process. Here are a few items I recommend my sellers address prior to the inspection to help things run as smoothly as possible:

  • Make sure to have your utilities on and all pilot lights lit
  • Have working light bulbs in all fixtures (inside and outside the home)
  • Ensure easy access to the:  furnace (replace filter and vacuum the area so it looks tidy); water heater; electrical panel (the inspector must be able to remove the cover); and attic (remove anything blocking entry and pull items in storage away from the walls)
  • Make sure all windows open and are unlocked
  • Tighten any loose doorknobs, handrails, etc.
  • Have working batteries in all smoke detectors
  • Make sure keys are available to all doors or out buildings (or leave them unlocked)
  • Empty the dishwasher, washer and dryer so they can be tested
  • Pull anything away from walls in the garage, basement or storage areas
  • Remove or restrain pets

No matter how much you prepare, please understand it is rare for an inspection to go through with nothing coming up on the list. That said, each inspector and buyer is different. Until you have the report findings and the buyer’s requests for repair, there’s nothing more for you to do. If you can approach this process with an open mind (and some patience; it can be frustrating) the negotiating that is likely to follow may be easier.

While it can be difficult to feel like you’re back in negotiations, it’s part of the process, and thankfully a fairly quick one at that – the buyer has 10 days from the signed contract to conduct the inspection and get back to you with any repair requests.

I’ve seen deals fall apart after an inspection. And I’ve seen deals come back together that fell apart after inspection! I’ve also seen many more than that move forward with few or no concessions made. My point is, it usually works out for the best.

If you’re getting ready for an inspection and want to discuss or have specific questions about how to prepare your home, I’m happy to help – give me a call any time at (913) 980-2434. Best of luck as you move toward closing!!


 Data last updated: 09/22/2020, 6:42:48 PM


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