Ian Wylie and Karen Lauck, the owners and originators of FsboMichigan.com (which started out as FsboLansing.com) sold their home on a Madison, Wisconsin fsbo website. This description, which they used, generated much activity, got them an offer the first day, and is presented here as an example of a good, detailed description.
This home sits on a beautiful lot of over ¼ acre, with majestic mature trees, a vegetable/flower garden on one side in the back and a picnic table on the other side, shaded by a cascading evergreen tree. The street is a quiet, tree-lined street across from the Monona golf course.
All of the interior of this house is like new, with beautifully finished woodwork and newly refinished hardwood floors. There is carpeting in the bedrooms and hallway, laid over the refinished hardwood floors, so that there is an option to either keep the carpet down or expose the beautiful floors. The window treatments are all custom, and are included.
There is a beautifully functional kitchen with a garden window over the sink looking out over the back yard. The four year old Hot Point ceramic topped self-cleaning range is included as well as the 20.7 cu. ft. Crosley frost-free refrigerator, also four years old. There is also a built-in Kitchen Aid dishwasher, about six years old. There is a charming dinette area off the kitchen. As well, there is a room off the kitchen that can be used as a formal dining room, family, or conference room (as it is also situated near one of the front entrances). There are beautiful hardwood cabinets and shelves built into one end of this room.
There is a two-year old Pacific Energy woodburning stove in the spacious and light living room, an effective contrast to the gleaming wood floors surrounding it. This stove will heat the entire upper level. There are ceiling fans in the dining room, dinette, and master bedroom.
As well as the three bedrooms upstairs, with spacious closets with double shelves, there is a fourth bedroom on the lower level, with carpeting, wood paneling and built-in closets. Right outside of this bedroom, there are built-in shelves to the right, and to the left, a computer area, complete with two phone lines. Then there is a very light and spacious family room, 35' by 13' (which could easily be two rooms). The baths, one on the upper level and one on the lower level, both have vanity sinks and newer Kohler energy-efficient toilets, with over-size trap.
There is plenty of storage on the upper as well as the lower level. Included also are the washer and dryer, and water softener. The high-efficiency furnace, central air, gas hot water heater (quick recovery), space guard air cleaner, and April Air humidifier were all new six years ago. The roof was new seven years ago.
The main entry is into a charming, enclosed, sunny, ceramic-tiled porch. This home is within walking distance of schools.