Resale Values

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They’re plummeting locally. OK, it’s very local, as in just in my city, on my street, at my house.

A couple years ago, we bought a new refrigerator.  In the process of removing the old one and dragging it out to the garage in order for it to be the designated soda pop/extra milk fridge, we scuffed up the vinyl flooring.  “Scuffed up” isn’t right, actually. “Completely tore a hole into” is more accurate.

Okay then, when we go to sell, we’ll replace the floor in the kitchen and we’ll be all set.

Not so fast.

A few weeks ago, we had a small fire on a stovetop burner, and in the process of extinguishing the fire, we set a hot pan on top of the formica countertop.  Yup, scorch marks on the counter.

So, we’ll replace the floors and the countertops and we’ll be ready.

Weeeeeell, today we discovered that our daughter had done some remodeling of her own in the kitchen, on the door leading out to the dog’s sleeping area –

Kids and Dogs Don't MIx

Which means we’re going to have to replace the door, too.  Heavy sigh!

Yes, she wrote it in permanent marker, but I removed it with some non-acetone nail polish remover.

When you sell your home, it’s important to make it look like no one has ever lived there.  It needs to smell like no one has ever lived there. It needs to feel like no one has ever lived there, but when the new owner moves in, they’ll love living there.  This isn’t too easy to do.  However, the most important thing you can do is erase all traces of the stories that took place there.  It’s hard to paint over the marks measuring how tall the kids were in ’02 and ’03 and ’04, etc.  So take a picture, blog about it, and sell your house!

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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