The importance of caring-before and after.


Hi everybody! It’s your neighborhood Realtor here, Janet Hitzel! I hope everyone is ready for spring. Trees are budding, daffodils blooming, and Forsythia coming alive!! Those signs of spring also bring other signs; For sale signs!

We are in a unusual market; Inventory is low, making demand high, but rates are historically low. That makes it a great time to sell AND a great time to buy. If you have been on the fence about buying or selling your home, now is the time!

Now for the story: I recently viewed a home with a client. The home seemed under-priced, so I was anxious to see the inside of the home. It was listed during the winter holidays, which can be a slower time of the year. It is located in a hugely popular subdivision, in a cul-de-sac, with updated Kitchen and Master bath, and a swimming pool. All for under market value. Why would anyone list their home for less than market value!? you ask? I thought, ” well, it did look dated from the pictures.” The paint colors were from the early 2000’s-golds and warm neutrals. As I entered the home I immediately noticed the home had been completely painted-top to bottom, AFTER it had been photographed and marketed. All natural wood was painted white and the walls changed from yellows and browns to beautiful shades of gray. The home looked completely different than the online photos. The online marketing pictures showed the house before it had been painted/updated. Someone is getting the bargain of the century on this home, because the agent had not cared enough to take new photos of the new improvements, and re-market the home. Below shows a likeness of what we saw. Doesn’t the top pic look much better?


Staging Matters!

A great Realtor, like myself (wink, wink!) will provide you a stager when you list your home. They will tell you what to move, what to put where and what colors to paint. They are a hugely valuable asset to a Real Estate team and I just adore my stagers, because they make everyone more money! A nicely staged home will get you the most money, in the least amount of time, when priced right. Below are some fun photos of before and afters that pack some punch.




Professional Photography matters!

Nothing like bad online photos to lower the offer.


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It does matter who you choose to list your home with. Choose an agent, like me, that will work hard for you. Choose one that will market your home through social media, MLS, word of mouth, through other brokers and brokerages! You will need professional photography, sometimes drones and digital dollhouse floorplan models, upscale for sale signs. You will need staging. I provide professional photography, and utilize drones and matterport when needed. A stager will offer valuable advice, and I provide that service as well. Your homes marketing materials should be good quality and use quality ink. Providing a home warranty is very appealing to a potential buyer, giving them additional piece of mind. Choose an agent like to, who will care about getting your home sold! 678-825-7382.

If you have questions, feel free to email me at




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