Prepare Your Home To Sell!

February 23, 2015 9:43 pm

The real estate market is hot! We are currently in a “sellers market” with increasing prices and declining inventory. If you were considering selling your home – now is the time!

Here are some tips on how to make your home market ready!

  1. Enlist the help of an honest friend who will be honest or your REALTOR® to walk through your home noting every fault that might leave a bad impression from a buyer’s point of view.
  2. Start structurally; obtain a full home and pest inspection and fix any problems, large or small. From roof leaks, foundation problems, wall holes, damage, dampness, or plumbing problems- fix anything that may turn away a potential buyer.
  3. Consider steam cleaning your carpets and draperies or replacing them if they are too worn to salvage.
  4. Decide if you need to repaint the walls and trim. When painting your walls, choose neutral colors that appeal to a wider range of people.
  5. Kitchens are often considered the make or break room in the decision process! If needed, replace dated appliances, hardware, cabinets and countertops. This may seem like a big undertaking for a home you are about to sell, but it can greatly increase the value of the house and shorten the time on the market.
  6. Continue to replace anything that is worn out or makes the house look dated such as faucets, cabinet pulls, hinges, windows, and even lighting. These are all small details that can help pull the house together and attract even more potential buyers.
  7. Buyers are looking for homes that are “light and airy.” Clear your kitchen and bathroom countertops, bookshelves and tabletops, and any other surfaces that might contain knick-knacks or even excessive items you use on a daily basis. (This can be a great time to go through your stuff and start your packing; consider throwing out old items, donating them or even selling them before you move.)
  8. Consider taking down much of your personal artwork and photos. Not only do you want to appeal to a wide array of people but also keeping your personal taste present can have people admiring YOUR things and getting lost from viewing the home as their own with THEIR things. Be careful not to make your house too bare, but leave room for your potential buyers to mentally move into your home.
  9. Now that you have de-cluttered and cleared away knick-knacks and personal belongings, clean that house! You may want to put together a bucket of quick clean items you can use on a moment’s notice for sprucing up the home before ever showing. A few major things include washing both sides of windows, pressure washing the exterior and sidewalk, re-caulking tubs, showers, and sinks, polishing faucets and mirrors, cleaning out your refrigerator, vacuuming or waxing floors, bleaching grout, and dusting every surface! Make sure each room in your house is buyer ready and, remember that that includes making sure it smells just as clean as it looks!

Make sure your homes curb appeal is up to snuff. Keep the sidewalk cleared, mow the lawn, do necessary yard maintenance, paint faded window trims, clean the gutters, plant a garden, and make sure house numbers are visible. You want your home to be welcoming before potential buyers even take their first step inside. After all, first impressions are everything!

These steps will ensure that you sell your home for its maximum value. With today’s lower home mortgage loan interest rates, right now is one of the best times to consider all of your home buying and selling options. Call me today and we can talk about the next steps toward buying your new home!

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