All In a Day’s Work: Solving Real-Life, Real Estate Problems for Our Clients

Case Study: Snowmageddon 2015 is finally over, leaving a client with a to-do list of weather-related repairs. If she does the repairs, will the spring market be over by the time her home is in shape? Should she just forgo the fixes and sell now at a lower price?  

Problem: When my client made the decision to sell, it was the dead of winter and she was unable to find a plumber with the time to take on a fairly minor plumbing job we urged her to do to increase the value of her home. And like many homeowners in Massachusetts, she was left with significant damage from ice dams on her roof that needed to be fixed. She questioned whether she should just go ahead and list her home at a reduced price without fixing the problems. With the spring market already in full swing, she feared that delaying too long would push her into the fall market or even next spring’s.  

Solution: Some realtors may have advised our client to list her home right away— to suit their own agendas— but we knew that the repairs were important. And our assessment of the market is that the "spring” season will probably go well into July this year because of its late start. Our client is eager to get going on the repairs and we are confident she will be be able to sell her home for a good price this season. 

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