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Networth: Preparation on the Homefront

Chris and Franny Batchhelder provide tips for preparation


For most people, their home is their biggest asset. When it comes to buying or selling a business, you need to know your net worth, and that includes knowing the value of your home. Below are some excellent tips for little improvements to make sure your home is top notch whether you are selling your home or not. It is beneficial to have knowledge of what it will take especially when considering one’s entrepreneurial ’s success and looking to upgrade to that dream home.

How Important it is to Prep Your Home for Sale

Prepping your home for the market can make the difference between receiving an offer in a day or having your home sit on the market for months.  My husband, Chris, and I are a unique team – we not only evaluate the inside of your home, but the outside, too.

The Outside - Curb Appeal - You Either Have it or You Don't

Curb appeal can either make or break someone from entering your home.  When driving by, it’s the Buyer’s first impression of your home.  Chris has owned Precise Lawn and Snow, Inc. for nearly 20 years.  He has an impeccable eye for what improvements can increase curb appeal and potentially net you more for your home.  He’s worked with everyone from residential home owners to larger clients in the financial sectors, apartment communities, medical buildings and food establishments.  Our daughter who has grown up watching her dad interact with clients has given him the title as, “The Nicest Guy On The Planet” and says “he never stops smiling.”

Some Tips for Improving Exteriors:

  • Remove chipped paint from garage doors
  • Switch out house numbers
  • Freshen mulch
  • Edge the lawn
  • Trim and shape hedges
  • Polish your kick plate and door knobs
  • Rid your front porch of any spider webs or bird droppings
  • Add colorful flowerpots to your front porch


The smallest attention to detail can end up netting your more than you anticipated.

The Inside - Can Buyers See Themselves There?

Declutter!  You’ve heard it time-and-time again and it works.  We want Buyers to be able to see themselves in your home.  Therefore, make as much space as possible for them to do so.  Along with decluttering, depersonalize.  Remove any personal photos or personal items specific to you that could prevent Buyers from seeing themselves in your home.  Other top turnoffs are the smell of animals or smoke.  These can turn Buyers off before they even set both feet inside.  An updated, clean, freshly scented home already places that home ahead of the rest.  The smallest attention to detail can end up netting you more than you anticipated.

Some Tips for Improving Interiors:

  • Make minor repairs
  • Touch up paint
  • Make sure all lightbulbs are working
  • Guy a new entry rug
  • Brighten up all rooms with light
  • Get a storage unit and start to clear out items that are unnecessary

Working with a Boutique Team

We have a diverse team of six agents at Elliott Co. Group and 34% of our team’s sales are from without our team.  In 2016, the team’s production totaled 63.6 million in sales with 170 transactions.  Our percentage of Sale Price to List Price was 98%.

Since 92% of homebuyers start their search on line viewing photos of homes, our team has a professional photographer produce at least 35 high resolution photos of the interior and exterior of our listings.  Our Sellers also have the option of a professionally shot and edited video with drone footage to assist in our team’s unique marketing efforts.


If you are interested in a complimentary market analysis or tips for listing your home, you may contact us at:

Franny Batchelder: or 402.980.5568
Chris Batchelder: or 402.980.5567

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