Kit Schroeder
CNE, RRS, Certified Home Stager

Lickety Split, SOLD by Kit!

Kathleen Schroeder
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Westlake - Crocker Road Office, OH
2055 Crocker Rd., Suite 101
Westlake, OH 44145
(440) 793-0100

Thinking of making a move? 

Think of Kit Schroeder.

 

30 years of selling, leasing and staging homes.

 

  "My industry credentials are impeccable, but I never rest on my laurels..."

 

Thinking of selling a home?

Think of Kit Schroeder.

 

With over 30 years in the real estate industry, I've developed a system of marketing a home that is aimed at getting it sold. Don't just list your home; list it with the agent who has proven results. I will implement the full package of Howard Hanna Marketing Tools, along with a few tricks I have up my own sleeve.  Call, text, or email me today to find out how I can work for you!

 

Thinking of buying a home?

Think of Kit Schroeder.

 

In your mind is a picture of the perfect home - Discovering the details of that picture and getting to know you happens to be my favorite part of the process. Navigating the road to home ownership is sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy, but always worth the ride. Not sure where to start? I can help. From our first meeting until you're handed the keys, I'll take care of the legwork, the logistics and the paperwork. Call text, or email me today to find out how I can work for you!

 

Thinking of staging a home?

Think of Kit Schroeder.

 

The way we decorate a home to live in is different from the way we decorate a home to sell. Most homes need a little tweaking and that's where I come in. Together, we’ll make a detailed list of budget-friendly improvements aimed at getting you top dollar when your house sells. Call text, or email me today to find out how I can work for you!

 

Thinking of a hometown agent?

Think of Kit Schroeder.

 

I’m a west sider, and I love it!  The hustle and nightlife of Lakewood, Ohio City, Tremont and West Park; The quiet cul de sacs and stately suburban neighborhoods of Avon, Avon Lake, and Westlake,; The lake breezes and sandy beaches of Bay Village and Rocky River; The charm of Olmsted Falls’ “Grand Pacific Junction”; The shopping and dining of North Olmsted and the newly developed grand neighborhoods of North Ridgeville.  I love them all, and whatever you’re style, there is something for everyone here on Cleveland’s west side.  Call text, or email me today to find out how I can work for you!


Specialties

Custom Home
Dream Home
Executive Home
First Time Buyers
Historic Home
Luxury Homes
Move-Up Home
New Construction
New Home
Relocation
Residential
Retirement

Staging sells houses. If you can't hire a stager, there are several ways you can stay ahead of the curve and catch potential buyers the moment they step in your house. Realtor Kit Schroeder has learned the importance of preparing for showings, and here are her top 10 tips:

1. Nothing Personal But Remove the Photos:
People can be very photogenic, but many clients are distracted by portraits of the sellers, and miss out on key selling points of the home. As an amateur photographer, I love displaying my work, but if I'm selling my house, art will be displayed without people in it. No matter how nice the display, personal photos are just that: too personal.  Remember that you are selling your house, not your home.

2. Accentuate the Positive:
My clients usually know what they like best about their home. It's usually what they saw that made them want to buy, or it's something that they added to make the home particularly special. Whether it is a staircase, a great view from the kitchen sink, a pergola or a three-car garage, do something to make the buyers linger in that magic space. Make it a point to always have a few lights on, and open the blinds - Light and bright is almost always on the top of every Buyer's list of "must haves".

3. Smells Like Home:
I've heard of real estate agents bringing in a toaster oven to bake cookies or fresh bread. One agent joked about keeping an Easy-Bake oven in the trunk of her car. I usually opt for a few plug-in air fresheners, or a scented candle. I like using apple cinnamon in the kitchen, fresh scents in the laundry, bedrooms and such. Specific aromas add a theme to the tour, even when it's not an open house. Always keep in mind that moderation is the key when scenting your home for sale.

4. Ditch the Kitsch and Hide Your Opinions:
My favorite example of unnecessary and unwelcome kitsch is the pink pig sitting on the fridge door asking if you're eating again. It oinks when your potential buyer opens the refrigerator. This and other comical quips are great fun when you're living in your home, not when you're trying to sell it. Especially avoid politically-charged material that expresses strong opinions. You don't want a potential buyer to dislike you for your beliefs, so remove all questionable material out of sight.  When it comes to decor, less is more in the home selling game.

5. Clean Up Your Act:
If you are selling your house, cleaning is a no-brainer. And clutter is a killer. Get a head start on packing, and begin boxing up extras that are taking up space on your mantel, table surfaces, etc. Clutter makes a house look smaller, and if you have a small house, it makes it feel claustrophobic. Not advantageous to a quick or profitable sale.

6. Embrace the Quietude:
When showing a home, music is not necessarily a bad thing. If you don't know the potential buyer and their taste in music, don't push yours. If you are going to play music, go for something that doesn't have vocals. Avoid niche music; not everyone loves hard rock or country and western. If you are set on having music playing in the background for viewings, opt for soft jazz playing at a low level.

7. Paint the Story:
A coat or two of paint is always a good investment. When you decide to make the effort, consider neutral shades in an eggshell or satin finish.  Both are ideal for common areas and places where there may be sticky fingers to clean up after.

8. "Debarkation": Pet-Proof the Pad
If you have pets, make sure that during your listing period, you are particularly fastidious in cleaning up after them. Ask a very good friend (or your real estate agent), who will tell you the truth, to come by and give it the sniff test. Also, if you have pets and are trying to sell your home, check into Doggie Day Cares, or ask if a nearby friend or relative would pet sit for you.

9. Show Off the Goods:
Consider placing laser-printed cards on items that remain with the home. Such things could include high-end appliances, laundry chutes, built-in sound systems and other goodies. These inexpensive cards are an under-utilized way to bring attention to such selling features. Don't overdo it though; no more than 5-10 cards in an average-sized home. Be sure to lock up or take jewelry and other valuables with you.

10. Go Away:
No buyers want to discuss your home while you are standing there. On average, my clients spend about 20-30 minutes in a home that has some promise; very few stay more than 5 minutes in a house with the seller in earshot. If nothing else, go for a walk around the block, or visit with a friendly neighbor, and let the home speak for itself.

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