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Step 5 to Selling Your Home: Repair Time

If you did a pre-market inspection, we should already have a list of items that need to be fixed. If not and your dishwasher hasn’t been working for years or your AC unit has been making an unusually loud noise, we need to know so we can have those items repaired before your home goes on the market.  It’s better to get items fixed now before they come up in an inspection report and potentially scare off a buyer later.  We have access to affordable repair people, electricians, handymen, etc. and am happy to make repair appointments and even be at your home to let workers in and oversee the work.  In general, we always recommend:

1) Touching up the paint in your home
2) Installing new caulk around every shower and tub
3) Hiring a professional HVAC company to service and clean both your AC unit and furnace
4) Hiring a company such as Stanley Steemer to steam clean your carpets
5) Making sure all light bulbs are working and that every light fixture contains the highest wattage light bulbs it can bear
6) Having chimneys professionally swept and add a rain cap.  If any brick is loose have it repaired.
7) Changing outdated cabinet hardware in kitchens and bathrooms
8) Repairing any broken window screens at your local Ace Hardware
9) Testing all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly
10) Making sure downspouts aren’t improperly sloped or damaged in single family homes. If they are, have them repaired.
11) Repairing any damaged, broken or missing roof shingles if you own a single family home

These are all fairly simple things that can truly make a difference in the price that you are able to command in the market.  Questions?  Call 717.963.0016 or email homesalesinyourarea@gmail.com.

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Gina Casner

In 2016, I began my tenure in real estate as a licensed Executive Assistant for a leading real estate training coach and subsequently for high-producing real estate teams. I very quickly fell in love with real estate and by 2019, I transitioned into personally helping clients turn their dreams into keys. After dozens of transactions, I have been dubbed the “unicorn hunter,” finding out-of-the-box solutions for clients looking for a home with unique requirements. In addition to managing my real estate practice, I am involved in providing community education on responsible home ownership through my exclusive Path to Home Ownership workshop series. I also am the founder of Chronically Strong, an organization that promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local communities. I take a holistic and individualized approach to real estate. Buying or selling a home in Central PA can be complex, sophisticated and often a deeply personal endeavor. Your experience should mimic the high level of customer service all of my clients have, while being very specific to your own individual needs. I work with a team of experts to provide a full, complete experience that only a cohesive team can consistently provide. Working with us, you will be given personal attention in every aspect of your home buying and selling experience with the professionalism and consistency of a thoughtful business model. And yes, superior results will follow! On a personal note, I attribute my success not only to my passion for helping clients execute on their next “big move”, but also to my knowledge regarding the psychology of buying and selling. My clientele works in diverse industries with an emphasis on technology, finance, medicine, law, and business. My real estate practice has grown successfully and consistently thanks to the repeat business of happy clients and their introductions to friends, family and neighbors. This track record is only possible because we deliver both results AND an enjoyable experience. Growing up, my family moved frequently all across the continental U.S., but you will hear me say that I am from California because that is the longest place that I lived during my formative years. Moving became a way of life for my family and each place I lived became a part of my story. It taught me that our home truly is the foundation of everything in our lives, and it is this belief that compels me to work hard for my clients when they are buying or selling their home. In many ways, our home becomes a part of our identity, an identity and memory that should be honored. I have been accused of being tenacious and super honest. I like to win (for my clients) but do so with a calm demeanor and a smile. I live in a raised ranch home in Lower Paxton Township with my main squeeze, my teenage son, and our very spoiled dog, Ginger. I have mad faith, and truly believe that each and every one of us is capable of great things. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors’ in Sociology. There is a running joke in my family that every day I go to real estate school because every day my clients teach me something new. I continually invest time, money and thought into the latest sales, marketing and negotiation techniques. Why? Because I believe that you deserve to have the best working for you. I want to live life on my own terms, and am committed to helping you do the same. Would you like to work together? Please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you! Gina

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