Pre-sale Renovations Without the Agent Headaches

by Chicago Agent

Partnership with Curbio gives BHHS agents options for their sellers

Getting a listing to be buyer-ready is a delicate balance of time, dollars and decisions for even the most experienced agents. And getting top dollar for outdated homes takes far more than staging, but sellers are often uncertain about where to start.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff has partnered with Curbio, so that their agents can give sellers an easy option for a pre-sale renovation. Offering pay-at-close services gives their agents an advantage in marketing homes that need TLC.

In a market that is slowing, curb-appeal makes a huge difference. Buyers may not be able to look past old appliances, dark cabinets, worn carpets, and lackluster landscaping. BHHS agents can call on Curbio to show sellers how easy it can be to transform their homes without upfront costs.

While Curbio is new to Chicago, they are no stranger to HomeServices of America brokerages. “Agents and sellers working with our sister companies in Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and Texas are raving about the company and their renovate now, pay at closing services,” said Diane Glass, chief operating officer at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff.


From mobile camera walk-throughs and 3D floor plans, to a catalog of readily-available materials, everything is designed to eliminate roadblocks and downtime. Because Curbio only works with brokerages on homes for sale, they are experts in real estate renovation and understand the timeline.

For homeowners who are ready to sell, completing a project in weeks instead of months opens up a new world of possibilities. BHHS agents know that their sellers are making smart spending choices to put in the new kitchens, bathrooms and floors that buyers demand.


Agents are often pulled into the middle of construction projects, trying to help their sellers. Managing contractors takes up valuable time that could be spent on marketing the home and building their own business.

BHHS agents using Curbio benefit from a turnkey approach that lets them be hands-off. Projects are managed by an on-staff general contractor with sub-contractors who have been vetted in advance. And regular communication through the app conveniently keeps everyone up to date on the progress.

BHHS is known for working with great partners who match their own high standards, and agents can be confident that the work will be well done. Curbio even backs their projects with a one-year warranty.

It’s a win for agents, sellers and buyers. Curbio has found that their renovated homes typically sell in about 30 days, and sellers see a 200% return on the renovation budget. Buyers are happy with beautifully updated homes.

For agents who want to improve their clients’ lives, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that they helped sellers reach their goals by finding a better way to market their home.

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