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How to find out what my home is worth?

what is my home worth?

We take the value of your home seriously!

Here at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company in Lexington, SC we go beyond the typical Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and use our exclusive method for determining a home’s market value by performing a Price Trend Analysis (PTA). 

To begin with, let’s define what a Price Trend Analysis is.

A Price Trend Analysis is an in-depth review of the current market values of properties that are comparable to yours. The findings serve as a tool for determining the market value of your property.

This is different from an appraised value, which can only be provided by a licensed appraiser. The market value is determined after we have conducted a price trend analysis and is subjective.

Why do I need a Price Trend Analysis?


The most commonly asked question we get is “Why do I need to know what my home is worth? I know what I want to sell my house for shouldn’t that be all you need?”

Making sure your homes selling price is reflected as accurately as possible is the single most crucial factor when considering selling your home. We strive to advise our clients of the right price point that will ensure your home sells quickly.

With a fluctuating real estate market, it’s imperative that a Price Trend Analysis is done not only to protect the buyer but to protect the lender's investment as well.  This analysis helps to establish a property’s value – which in turn will help justify a sellers asking price. We know our clients want and deserve top dollar for their home and this in-depth report provides an accurate value of the property.

So what do we look at when we create an analysis of your home?

We look at many factors that will influence the value of your home. We analyze local market trends and comparable recent sales to determine your homes true value. Here are a few of the things we consider when helping you identify an accurate selling price for your home:

  • External Characteristics - Condition of the structure, lot size and exterior amenities, home style, the age of the roof.
  • Internal Characteristics - The number and size of the rooms, quality of construction, the age of the appliances, the age of the heating and cooling systems, energy-efficiency.
  • Market Conditions - The number of buyers vs. the number of homes on the market.
  • Location - The school district, neighborhood, proximity to public transportation or highways.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

When you decide to sell your home, a Price Trend Analysis can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price.

Do you want to know the Market Value of your Home?

Please click here to start a FREE Price Trend Analysis of your home.

As a real estate agents serving Lexington, SC, we know first hand how confusing the home selling process can be.  Many of our clients come to us knowing we will take the stress out of home selling and make it a painless and seamless transaction. If you have questions about selling your home in Lexington, SC, please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

8 Steps to Getting Top Dollar for Your Home

8 Steps to Getting Top Dollar for Your Home

Get Top Dollar for Your Home
 

Is your house in a presentable condition?

Presentable condition? Makes you think, right? What you may feel is presentable may not be what a home buyer may think is acceptable.

That critical first impression is most likely the only thing a home buyer may remember after weeding through endless listing and showings.

So what can you do to secure top dollar for your home and make sure you are leaving a memorable first impression?


Most likely you are still living in your home when you put it on the market. Some things you have become accustomed to because you see them every day will be the same things that make your home not presentable to your future buyer.

Take a step back from your home and view it in the eyes of a buyer.

That crack in the ceiling, torn window screen or leaking gutter that have become a part of your home will be the first things a new home buyer will take notice of.

Become the eyes of a buyer by taking a good look at the following items:

  1. Floors and ceiling – Cracks in the plaster, walls that need to be painted, worn carpet, or dirty floors?
  2. Bathroom and kitchen fixtures – For a minimal investment you can update outdated fixtures or spend some extra elbow grease to polish dull looking fixtures.
  3. Lighting – Outdated light fixtures and inadequate lighting in a room is a show stopper to potential buyers.
  4. Doors and windows – Clean windows and freshly painted doors are a great way to make a great first impression. 
  5. Paint, both on the inside and outside – A fresh coat of paint does wonders in making a home look clean and bright.
  6. Drainage system around the house – Soggy yards and standing water is a sure fire way to make a lasting impression you don’t want or need.  Address all drainage issue way before listing your home.
  7. The condition of the driveway and walkway – Remember, the first impression your home may get is that of drive-bys.  Stand out in the street and look at your home from the drive buyer’s eyes.  Those overgrown bushes and collection of garbage cans may be the only thing a potential home buyer will remember about your home.
  8. Home Improvements – That broken mailbox, cracked front window, missing shutter, or leaking faucet will become eye magnets for potential buyers.  Those items that have been spending time on your to-do list will become a negative impression if not addressed before your first showing.

The clue to getting top dollar for your home is taking a step back from your home and start looking at it as a house and through the eyes of its next owner. Emotionally detach yourself and start making the changes it needs to sell quickly and for top dollar.  If you want more tips on how to get the best price for selling your Lexington, SC home, please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

Relocating to Lexington, SC - A Checklist For Moving

relocating to Lexington, SC

MOVING! The very thought of it can send chills down your spine and can cause you to break out into a cold sweat. Relocating anywhere brings a considerable amount of stress along with it. If you are getting ready to move to Lexington, SC then lets us help you along the way with this simple checklist to keep you organized through this very stressful period.

As a realtor, I have seen first hand how moves that are well planned out go much smoother than those that tend to fly by the seat of their pants. The following checklist contains many suggestions that may seem like "no-brainers." However, the very act of printing out these simple suggestions and reminders can become a significant security blanket as your move approaches. In this particular article, I’m leaving out the "big things" such as finding a Lexington Real Estate Agent to help you find a new home, the best moving company, researching your new neighborhood, transportation, parking, employment, etc. Those are for another article another day. Today I’m concentrating on the basics of planning and preparation.

  1. Get rid of what you don't need.

Many of us are "pack rats.” One thing that you can accomplish immediately is going through all of your "stuff" and getting rid of what you don't need. Moving unwanted clothing and knick-knacks from one home to another is a great waste of time and effort. It’s surprising how much more in control you’ll feel once you start narrowing down your "inventory" to what you actually need to keep. Getting rid of the unwanted items can be done by having a garage sale long before moving time and then donating the leftovers to the Salvation Army or other charitable groups.

  1. Get all essential papers and documents together and secure them.

Since moving is hectic, you need to be aware of the exact location of all of your important documents. Purchase a strong box and place all of the following items securely in one central location.

  • Address Books
  • Birth Certificates
  • Bank Statements
  • Checks
  • Credit Cards and Statements
  • Insurance Policies
  • Marriage Records
  • Medical and Dental Records
  • Military Records
  • Passports
  • Resumes
  • School Records
  • Stock Certificates
  • Tax Returns
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Vehicle Documents
  • Wills
  1. Prepare well in advance for moving to Lexington. 

There are many things that you can do well in advance of your move that will help smooth out the bumps and grinds of your relocation process when the actual event occurs:

  • Open up new bank accounts.
  • Open up a new Safe Deposit Box.
  • Contact the new area utility companies and arrange for your new services. These can include Cable TV, gas, electric, oil, telephone, water and Internet access.
  • Arrange for new medical providers.
  • If you are moving to a new state, contact the DMV and get forms necessary to re-register your vehicles.
  • Contact your insurance companies and find out if your car insurance, homeowner's insurance, etc. can be transferred. If not, find an Insurance Broker in your new area and discuss your needs and requirements for new policies.
  • Go to the post office and get a moving kit. Prepare a change of address forms for all of your correspondents; credit card companies, other credit accounts, banks, insurance companies, current utility companies for final statements, magazines, and other subscriptions, family, friends, and any other persons or businesses that you correspond with on a regular basis.
  • Research schools in your new community and be prepared with all school and immunization records needed for enrollment.
  1. As the time approaches, get a nice new legal pad.

As your moving day approaches and when the moving process actually begins, you don't want to be hunting for phone numbers in wallets, purses, or address books. Have a nice new legal pad ready with all important phone numbers written clearly and legibly for both your old and new contacts:

  • Banks
  • Doctors
  • Emergency contacts
  • Landlords
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Movers
  • Pharmacies
  • Schools
  • Storage Facilities
  • Utilities

With proper planning and preparation the moving process, though never fun, can at least be sane. With appropriate planning and preparation, the utilities at your present address can be disconnected the day after you move and the utilities at your new address can be connected the day prior to your arrival. With proper planning and preparation, you will not be frantically searching for a new doctor or pharmacy. With proper planning and preparation, your mail will start arriving the day after you move into your new home and your life will endure a minimum amount of chaos and clutter.

Good luck with your move and if you have any further questions about relocation to Lexington, SC, please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

How to Choose the Right Fixer Upper

buying a fixer upper in lexington sc

If you’re looking to buy a fixer-upper for your next home, it pays to take caution. What may look like an easy project may turn into a huge money pit.

Here are some considerations when making your home buying decision.

When buying a fixer-upper, experts recommend looking for homes that need cosmetic improvements rather than structural changes or major renovations. Cosmetic improvements can be made with a little elbow grease and a planned budget. Repairs and structural changes have a tendency to grow much larger than anyone anticipates so be cautious.  

Additionally, while structural improvements may be required to make a home livable, cosmetic changes generally allow you to live in the house well renovating it.

When you are considering a home purchase add up the costs to renovate the property based on a thorough assessment of the condition of the house. You will likely want to have the assistance of a home inspector and a real estate agent who has knowledge of the area. The real estate agent can advise you about what other homes in the neighborhood go for, what the schools and property values are like and if the community is on an upswing.

Here are a few things to think about when considering buying a fixer-upper:

  1. Be very thorough and estimate on the high end. Include labor and materials.
  2. Know the home’s estimated market value once the renovations are complete.
  3. Experts recommend adding 5 to 10 percent for extras and unforeseen problems. They always happen if you don’t make room for them.

Getting experts to help you with your labor, materials and estimated value after the renovations are complete will help you make an accurate and fair offer on the home. And always have the house inspected thoroughly, so you don’t end up having to make major structural improvements you didn’t factor in.

Buying a fixer-upper is a great way to save money on a home purchase and the rewards can be significant. Buy wisely, buy cautiously and use the advice of experts to guide you and your decision. 

If you are in the market for a new, slightly used or fixer-upper home in Lexington, South Carolina, please call us at 803.622.4596 or stop by and see us at Weichert Realtors Caughman Company, 120 Ellis Ave Ste C, Lexington, SC.

Homebuying Tips For New Home Buyers

homebuying tips for lexington sc home buyers

How exciting …you’re buying your first home!


The life-changing event of purchasing a new home can be both exciting and overwhelming. With homebuyer horror stories of houses plagued with mold, leaky roofs or worse, it's no wonder some homebuyers get cold feet. As a prospective home buyer, you can save yourself a lot of headaches by taking emotion out of the home buying process and look for those red flags that can cause you problems down the road.

It’s easy to overlook problems in a home when you become emotional and overwhelmed with feelings that it’s your dream house and you have to have it. This could lead to facing more significant problems after you sign on the dotted line.

Before you make up your mind to buy, it’s important that you detach yourself from the house and look for potential problems that could ruin the home buying process.

  1. Some of the most important things you should be aware of when viewing a home are the conditions and ages of such items as the hot water heater, furnace, and roof. You should also pay attention to the foundation of the house and look for structural problems.
  2. Foundation issues are costly to correct, so pay close attention in the basement to see if there are cracks or crevices that indicate structural, foundation problems. If there’s no basement in the home so you can look for issues, check the door frames in the home.
  3. Check to see if the doors close properly and are aligned as they should be. If not, you could have structural problems. If you suspect any issues involving the foundation, hire a structural engineer to perform an inspection on the home.
  4. Pests and insects can also become problems after you move in. Wood-destroying insects can severely damage a home and cost you thousands of dollars to repair. Pests to look for include carpenter ants, termites, and powder post beetles.
  5. Note if fresh paint has recently been used to hide a small portion of a wall or ceiling. Although some people may paint an entire room to freshen it up before selling, small sections of fresh paint may be cause for concern.
  6. A foul odor in the home or super sweet smells indicating that a cover-up scent is being used could also be a red flag. Take notice if there are plug-in air fresheners, candles and other items that indicate a bad odor could be present.
  7. Electrical issues may be a problem – especially if the home is older. Some older homes still have knob and tube wiring which can trigger a problem – and some have old electrical panels that still use fuses. Check out light switches, outlets, and lights that flicker when turned on.
  8. Don’t fall in love with the home until you’ve checked out the neighborhood. When there are many homes for sale, or you notice that residences or businesses have been boarded up, you could risk putting lots of money into a bad investment.
  9. There should be no rooms in the home that you can’t enter, but if there are and you really like the home, ask to see those rooms later. Windows that appear foggy might indicate water between the double-paned windows. Also, test the windows to be sure they open and close properly.

As a first time home buyer, it’s important to look for those red flags – but be sure and hire a home inspector to look for any problems you may not have seen.

If you’ve found yourself in the first time, home buyers club give your Lexington, SC Realtor a call and let us help you through the home buying process.

Weichert Realtors – Caughman Company | 120 Ellis Ave Suite C |Lexington, SC 29072 | 803.622.4596

Checklist for Selling a House in Lexington, SC

home selling checklist

Property Checklist for Preparing Your House for Sale in Lexington, SC

 

Over the years you’ve created a home that matches your personality, it’s a part of who you are, and probably reflects your personal style. While that’s the perfect scenario for living in your home, it is not the ideal atmosphere for selling your home.

Most home sellers make the mistake of assuming the way they live in their home is the way it should be when selling. Unfortaualty it’s not. Homebuyers are not looking for a house that they can fit in to.  They are looking for a home in which THEY will feel comfortable and can envision themselves living in. This may sound like a minor distinction, but it is crucial in the home selling process. If you can wrap your head around this fact, you will have a much better selling experience.

First and foremost, you must understand that people have different tastes. The particular chandelier or wall color that made your home yours may seem appealing to you, but not to all buyers. Emotionally, you must be prepared to replace or put away those things that you hold dear.

Remember, when selling a home it is a product to be sold and nothing else. Before you list your home take some time to make your home show worthy and consider doing a FREE Market Analysis on your home

We’ve come up with a checklist for selling a house that you can use to get started:

  • Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. – First impressions are important.
  • Tone down colorful walls. Soft muted colors with minimal accessories are what you should aim for. 
  • Clean up closets – sellers look.
  • In the bathroom, bright white towels and sparkling clean sinks and showers will do wonders to sell a most personal space. 
  • Clean up garages – sellers consider it a sign of how you took care of the home.
  • Clean the refrigerator – make it spotless. We are talking surgical room spotless.
  • Same goes for the oven.
  • If you have an attic, clean and organize it. Buyers will look everywhere.
  • Make sure all light bulbs work.
  • Fertilize the yard a few weeks before listing the home.
  • Plant new colorful flowers, trim shrubs and be sure the lawn stay mowed and manicured.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • Consider replacing worn or old fixtures.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Remove all accessories, pictures and personal belongings that reflect your personal style.

Again, the goal is not to show a home you enjoy living in. The goal is to show a home the buyer could be comfortable living in. Try and remember when selling your home, it’s not about you anymore, it’s about the buyer and what you need to do to make your home as appealing to them as possible. Take some time and work through the checklist for selling a house and then call us, your Lexington, SC Realtor.

Weichert Realtors – Caughman Company | 120 Ellis Ave Suite C |Lexington, SC 29072 | 803.622.4596

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Charles Caughman
Weichert Realtors Caughman Company
120 Ellis Ave Ste C
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: 803-622-6171
Email: charles@teamcaughman.com

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