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GET THE HOUSE READY

To get your house ready for the market, the biggest thing to remember is that a "well-polished" house appeals to buyers. When a home “shows well,” it gives buyers confidence that the house has been properly maintained. Of course, the exact opposite holds true when a home fails to  make a good, first impression. Consumers simply feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for property. So, put in some effort to Get it Ready, and your home will likely sell quicker and for a higher price.

Sallie’s tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling. Repair any problem areas.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.  Replace damaged roof vent boots.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • Add a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near your front entrance, but never use artificial flowers for color.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.

Sallie’s tips to enhance your home’s interior by:

  • Remove clutter from every room.  You’re going to be moving.  Box it up now and store elsewhere.  Have a garage sale or donate items to charity.
  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning.  Your house should “sparkle.”  (If you’re too busy to maintain the house, hire a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market.)
  • Repaint dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as khaki or grey. The same neutral scheme can be applied to floors.  (Most buyers prefer a blank canvas in neutral colors.  This makes it easier for them to imagine their furnishings in their new home.)
  • Replace broken or cracked window panes.
  • Re-caulk around tubs, showers and sinks.
  • If your home is in need of updating, replace cabinet knobs and light fixtures, if nothing else.  Remove lacy or shear window treatments or heavy, outdated drapery.  Install new window blinds if needed. 
  • Buy new, showy towels for the bathrooms and put them out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
  • Have a pre-listing inspection and address any issues relating to pests, termites, water damage, dampness, plumbing, electrical, roof, HVAC or structural integrity.
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THE SALLIE CHESTER TEAM
EXIT Real Estate Consultants
5175 Sunset Blvd, Ste 3
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-707-8595
Fax:  803-358-0889
Email: salliechester@exitrec.com

Client Testimonials

Sallie was so helpful in the process of selling my house. She was professional. She was available and answered my questions at any time. She truly cares about her clients!! Sallie worked tirelessly to make sure everything was done and done right. I am so appreciative of her diligence and knowledge. I will highly recommend her to anyone I know who needs to sell or buy a house!! Louise C. ~February 2018
We met Sallie because we were riding around one Sunday afternoon looking at homes for sale and found one of her listings. When we called, she just happened to be right down the street so she came and showed us the house. From the moment we met Sallie, she was the most honest real estate agent we had ever dealt with. She was very patient with us in our home search. She knew we were looking for something very specific and showed us a good many homes before we were able to find the right one.. Sallie is very knowledgeable and was able to point out stuff, whether good or bad, to help us in our decision making. Sallie isn’t just our realtor, we consider her our friend. I would recommend Sallie to everyone! Darla and Rodney C. ~Feb. 2018
Barb LeRoux with the Sallie Chester Team was exceptional and I feel very blessed to have been matched up with her. She was very attentive and prompt. She became more than a realtor to me. Barb became a friend that I could rely on and I knew she wouldn’t steer me wrong. She is most definitely an asset to the Exit team and I loved working with her!! I would gladly refer anyone I know to either Sallie or Barb with Exit Real Estate Consultants. Sallie started me on my journey and Barb finished that journey and helped me to purchase my first home!! Thank you for all the help! Heather M. ~January 2018
We were very happy with Brandon Diffee. He is very pleasant and knowledgeable. His pictures of the property, for marketing purposes, were awesome. He kept us informed throughout the process. Overall our experience with Brandon was great and will recommend him to anyone looking for a REALTOR. Nancy S. ~Dec. 2017
Sallie was amazing. She had my best interest in mind at all times. She knew exactly what I was looking for and helped me find it. Not being from the area, her knowledge made me feel safe and I never worried. I recommend Sallie as a great real estate agent. Melinda L. ~December 2017
In the beginning we were considering not using a REALTOR but now we are so thankful that we chose to work with Sallie! She is 100% about doing what is best for her client and making sure they are taken care of. I can't imagine where we would be in our home buying process without her. In any of our future home buying endeavors, we will most certainly be using Sallie Chester. Dixie and Charlie C. ~November 2017
Barbara LeRoux helped me purchase my home and she also helped me sell it. Barbara had initially contacted me from their website. I was very impressed with her prompt reply. Not only was she quick to respond but we went looking at houses within the next two days. I needed to find a place fast and she met me after work at whatever time I had available. Barbara did an awesome job of helping find what I wanted and didn’t waste my time showing me houses I didn’t like. I was a first time homeowner, and she took time to thoroughly explain the process to me. Barbara made this process easy, exciting and stress free. I am so thankful and I would highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling their home. Barbara is an amazing Realtor and I have told all my friends and family about her. She really knocked it out of the ballpark and if I had to do it all over again, wouldn’t change a thing. Emily M. ~November 2017
It was a long process but Barbara was very patient and was willing to help from start to finish. She didn't hesitate to show me homes that met my needs and were in the area where I wanted to live. Also, she was always ready to assist me with any paperwork during the process. Thank you, Barbara, for all the help. Manuel B. ~October 2017
Brandon Diffee made my home buying experience so much less stressful than it could have been. Brandon worked tirelessly, often at night and on the weekends, to search for the 'right' house for me and my daughter. I am very happy at my new home and will recommend Brandon and The Sallie Chester Team to anyone looking to purchase a home. Amie B. ~October 2017
Sallie and Jennifer, Thank you so much for taking time Friday to shepherd us around Harbour Watch, showing us homes of interest and most importantly sharing your insights on the current housing situation. WE appreciate your professionalism and depth of knowledge! We made progress in finding a home designer to put our vision to paper. The weekend overall was productive and fun. Thanks again for your time and efforts on our behalf. Becky and Jeff F. ~October 2017
We are so very thankful to our Lord and to Sallie for making the purchase of our home a reality. We really appreciated her diligence and fortitude at the closing! Since we were first time new home buyers, we were not prepared for the hassle that would ensue as we moved toward the closing. Problems with workmanship and conflicts with the builder caused us to reconsider whether we should proceed with the purchase. Sallie was always available for consulting and continued to reassure us that she would be with us every step of the way. At the first walk-through she was very insistent that the builder rectify several obvious issues. Then we realized that there were discrepancies in the final amount we would have to pay. Sallie stood up to the builder and basically demanded all that they had promised to cover. We would highly recommended Sallie should the opportunity present itself. Dee and Jim G. ~July 2017
Sallie really knows real estate. She was with us through listing our house to closing and during all the bumps in the road. She really cares for her clients and goes the extra mile for them.  Renee and Ray T. ~July 2017
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