Leanne Wade
National Sales Excellence Award, Champions' Club

Leanne Wade
Ann Arbor Office, MI
1898 West Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 761-6600

I believe today’s Real Estate Market requires specialization. I have become an expert on the Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Saline, and Ypsilanti markets. In order to properly service a home Buyer and/or Seller, I need to know the details of a given area. Since my clients are counting on my expertise, I consider it my responsibility to know what is new on the market that we compete against, price reductions, and which homes have received offers. This is done every day. I sell dozens of homes each year, and am ready to help you with your real estate needs.


Specialties

Homes of Distinction

Having your home in show-ready condition benefits you as the Seller by making it attractive to as many Buyers as possible, thus increasing showings, competition, and potentially the number of offers and selling price. Preparing your home well also makes the photos more attractive, bringing the attention of more Buyers, who often begin their home searches online.

Maximizing Interior Appeal 

You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects - so buyers can begin to imagine living there.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to buyers:

  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms actually rent storage garages and move half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
  • Remove all personal and family photos. Replace with artwork as needed.
  • Use a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market.
  • Remove the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters, closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.
  • Make sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.
  • Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • Buy showy new towels for the bathroom, and put them out only for showings.
  • Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by installing new curtains and cabinet knobs, or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
  • Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.
  • If necessary, repaint dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
  • Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, and fix any problem areas.
  • Seal basement walls if there are any signs of dampness or leakage.
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork.
  • Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling, and alarm systems.

Maximizing Curb Appeal

You only have one chance to make a first impression, so make it the best you can! Increasing curb appeal, which is the way your home looks from the street, will increase Buyer interest in your home. This benefits you as the Seller.

  • Keep your lawn cut and watered. 
  • Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.
  • Be sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling.
  • Paint the front door.
  • In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.
  • In snowy areas, keep walks and driveway neatly cleared of snow and ice.
  • Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls, and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.
  • Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.
  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • Reseal old asphalt.
  • Keep the garage door closed.
  • Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.

Preparing for Showings

Keeping your home ready to show on short notice maximizes the number of potential Buyers coming through your home, and thus will increase competition and potentially the selling price. Be sure to complete the following prior to every showing.

  • Replace any burned out light bulbs and turn on all lights.
  • Open blinds and curtains to allow natural light into your home.
  • Clear all clutter.
  • Clear all countertops.
  • Wash and put away any dirty dishes.
  • Set the dining room or kitchen table if you have particularly nice linen or china.
  • Put on soft music.
  • Clean the fireplace.
  • Put fresh towels in the bathroom and close the toilets.
  • Take any laundry out of the washer and dryer.
  • Leave the house so the REALTOR® is free to deal with prospective buyers in a professional manner.
  • Put pets in cages or take them to a neighbor.

 

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