Today’s house is so good. It’s a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,509-square foot house that’s literally across the street from White Rock and it’s – are you paying attention here? – under $400,000. Like $5,000 under. Like. Whoa.
But – and here’s a huge but – this post isn’t even going to be about how amazing this listing is (and it truly is), it’s actually going to be about the very fine art of getting any house ready for market.
We had some chits and some chats with listing agent Sam Saladino about his approach and it all came down to one simple phrase – get engaged. Realtors, obviously, but clients, too.
If, as a seller, you’re la-di-da on your own house selling, that’s how it comes across to potential buyers. Flipside, it can be super hard to critically look at your own property and see what needs tweaking and that’s where an amazing Realtor can really help.
Saladino is quick to point out that he’s not the only agent in town that does these things, they’re like the highly effective habits of highly effective Realtors.
So how do you get a house looking as this good? Just follow these five principles.
- COHESION – If there are a lot of completing colors or several different themes, streamline. White it out with a neutral paint that works in every room. Saladino said, make the style “easy to understand.” What a legit lightbulb moment.
- EDIT – You can absolutely stage a home and rent all the furniture in the world, but one of Saladino’s specialties is working with what you have. Pair back, simplify and let the space shine. (Not the stuff in it.)
- UPDATE – Small projects like swapping out a backsplash can make a big difference. If you have the ability, do a few modest updates. It’s worth it.
- DO THE WORK UP FRONT – A solid Realtor can walk through a house and tell you where you’ll get “dinged” so why not get it right before you ever hit the market? Saladino rightfully pointed out it’s absolutely worth it to take your time getting listed instead of scrambling on the backend during the Option Period.
- KNOW YOUR STATS – Telling a Buyer to tweak this or that is never easy, but when you have the stats to back it up? It’s a whole lot easier. Saladino can rattle off several listings where doing the work upfront, painting, editing and staging helped a house sell in three to four days vs. what seemed like a lifetime.
Now, if you’d like to take a further look at Saladino’s work, he’ll personally give you a guided virtual tour. And if you pop on a mask, he just might meet you in person. Believe us when we say, this listing in the Enclave at Ash Creek will go crazy fast so if you’re interested, get those fingers dialing now.
Sam Saladino with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 2113 Ash Grove Way in Dallas for $395,000.