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Deb Polise leads sellers down the appropriate path for completing inspection repairs

We hear about it time and time again from our top clients…when sellers chose to work with multiple contractors or unlicensed contractors for completing their inspection repairs, delays and problems often occur. We sat down with Deb Polise, Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway, and asked how she handles this part of the home selling process with her clients.

We have found that when your reputation as a realtor is on the line, it’s essential to lead your clients down a path that protects them and your name in the process. Indiana Residential finds that our top clients have one thing in common, they LEAD their sellers down the path they want them to go. When they send inspection reports for estimates, it’s not for a price comparison, its because they intend on Indiana Residential completing the work so they can get the repair process started immediately. Not only do these successful realtors make recommendations for sellers to use established, licensed contractors to complete their inspection repairs, they also fully explain how it could affect the timeline and final closing and cost them more money in the long run when items aren’t repaired properly. When sellers still chose to piece-meal together their repairs or use unlicensed contractors, these homeowners need to then handle this on their own. After all, it’s the realtors name and referral that is on the line.

How do you handle the inspection repair process and lead your clients down a path to protect them and your reputation over time?

About Deb

I am a Hoosier born and raised.  I grew up in North Webster, Indiana and attended Wawasee High School.  After playing tennis competitively throughout high school, I earned a tennis scholarship to Tri-State University. I have lived in Portland, Maine and Chicago, Illinois.  Through my experience as a personal assistant to many nationally recognized high-powered CEO’s, I learned how to listen, solve problems, and think on my feet.  Having managed marketing for a large IT company before becoming a real estate professional over the past nine years, I understand the power of a creative, well-organized, professional and highly effective marketing plan.

Contact Deb
Cell: (317) 695-0809
Office: (317) 841-6380


Realtor Helen Metken shares her inspection repair process

We ask…Helen M. Metken, Realtor,Broker with F.C.Tucker, what is your process for working with buyers and sellers to ensure that inspection repairs go smoothly and completed on time and on budget?

When Helen sends us a job for an estimate, she has already discussed the necessary repairs and timelines with her clients. This allows our team to quickly return an estimate, get a prompt approval, and move directly into scheduling all the repairs for her clients. Preparing buyers and sellers with the benefits of using a one-stop contractor like Indiana Residential makes it possible to keep repair costs down, and timelines tight.

Thank you Helen for sharing your experience!


Laura Heigl shares the importance of making a good contractor recommendation to uphold her own reputation

We sat down with Laura Heigl, Century 21 Scheetz realtor, and asked her to share her thoughts on the importance of making good contractor referrals for inspection repairs and other real estate services.


Video Interview, Laura Heigl shares experience with sellers who insist on using multiple contractors


In this weeks video interview, we sit down with Laura Heigl, the team lead of the Heigl Real Estate Group and successful Indianapolis Realtor with Century 21 Scheetz.  We asked Laura to share her thoughts on the pitfalls when sellers insist on price shopping every detail and use multiple contractors for a laundry list of repairs. 

Laura shares a recent closing story with us, WATCH VIDEO. Watch more video interviews from other successful Indianapolis area realtors.
Want to share your stories with us? Contact Nellie Stout

Want to share your stories with us? Contact Nellie Stout


We asked…Why do you use a 1-Stop Resource for Inspection Repairs?

We asked Pat Watkins from The Mike Watkins Real Estate Group:

Why do you use a 1-Stop Resource for Inspection Repairs?

About Watkins Realty Group


Mike Watkins Real Estate Group isn’t the normal real estate brokerage. We assist our clients with buying, selling, purchasing land, home design, renovation, home building, and more. Our team specializes in southern Marion County, Johnson County and Morgan County.

Ranked as one of the top real estate agents/teams in the Metropolitan Indianapolis area by the Indianapolis Business Journal.


Indiana cool temps are here, and so are our YEAR ROUND FULL-TIME W2 employees

Burrr, the cooler temps are officially in the air! Just a little reminder that while home sales may start to slow down, we are here for you with YEAR ROUND, FULL-TIME, W2 EMPLOYEES, ready to serve!

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Happy 9 Year Anniversary to Indiana Residential

Because of you, we are celebrating 9 years of Indiana Residential this month! While many have tried to imitate our business model, only Indiana Residential gets it done year after year.

Indiana Residential 9 year anniversary

Partnering with us means you can always count on us to provide you with a written estimate within 2 business days.  We also only schedule licensed tradesmen with proper insurance to you customer’s home, not handymen that claim they do it all. Why is hiring a Certified Professional so important? Click & Learn.

Did you know?

Indiana Residential also has sister companies for full service Roofing, Mold Remediation, and Plumbing service.  These companies help to expand our specialty services even further.  Indiana Roofing   |   IR Mold Services   |   Big Frog Plumbing

We look forward to closing out this decade with you. Thank you for being a part of our business.

-Your Indiana Residential Team


Holiday Appreciation Party 2018

We have the best clients!!! Thanks to all who came out and those who couldn’t make it. We appreciate you!


Indianapolis Window Repair – How Agents Can Help Sellers Before Listing Home

Window Issues! How Agents Can Help Their Sellers Upfront.wood window restoration

Foggy or faulty windows can either point to a structural issue, or can sometimes be viewed as a cosmetic repair needed on a home. Prior to listing a home and scheduling an inspection, it can be very advantageous to identify and have a professional evaluate any window issues that may be present.

Advising sellers to address or, at minimum, get the problems look at before listing can avoid a slew of red flags being set off to prospective buyers.

Before you list, what your Sellers should know:

  • First impressions! Buyers wonder…if one window is faulty, are there more that will be soon? What else might be old or faulty in this house?
  • Efficiency Concerns. Faulty windows can result in reduced energy efficiency. Buyers are reviewing utility averages and costs as this is a major factor in their ability to afford and maintain the home themselves.
  • What is lurking beneath? Damaged wood is really scary for buyers. A water trap is any surface that is not sloped downward away from the wall and allows rainwater to sit until it evaporates. These areas soon develop spots of wood rot and, if left unrepaired, allow water to enter the wall and begin to rot the wood framing. And then mold…ahhh!
  • Inspection Reports. Inspectors should be reporting all visible window seal issues. Windows either function as intended or they don’t. A failed weather seal is a failed window in need of repair and/or replacement. Get ahead of the inspection report if you know there may be an issue. This allows you the seller to get estimates and make the right financial choices vs. being rushed to get all required repairs done in order to get to closing on time.
  • Keep repair options open. Foggy glass can often times be repaired, wood replaced, etc. If sellers wait to explore this option after an inspection report, prospective buyer may instead push for a full window replacement instead.  What’s is worth to them in the end to maintain a good selling price?
  • Inspect your own windows before listing. All window are tested during an inspection. Do they all open? Are they difficult to open? Are any locks missing? Are any screens missing? If the seller has big furniture in front of a window, or bric-a-brac on the window sill, sometimes Inspectors can’t risk moving the belongings to test the window.

Checking a listings windows functionality upfront and working with a qualified Indianapolis window repair company can save lots of money and time, and most importantly ensures your Sellers that you are helping them get the most out of their listing and avoiding big surprises.

Contact Indiana Residential for a free window evaluation of your listings.



Indiana Residential Holiday Party 2017

A big thanks to all our wonderful clients, we appreciate the opportunity to partner with each of you. Cheers to another great year of working together!
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