Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

Getting Your Home Ready To Sell


As a Realtor, I undertake the responsibility of marketing your property to a host of potential buyers, online and in real life, on the phone, via email and face to face. I will be dedicating my time and resources to bringing you motivated, qualified buyers looking for a property just like yours. But remember, this is a two way street, we are partners in this endeavor. So what can you do to ensure that buyers decide your home is ‘the one’? Below is a short list of tips to help us hook that interested buyer and get the best possible price in the fastest time.


The first impression is the only impression
Many buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys, but, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench or a vase of fresh-cut flowers.


Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, cut the bushes outside to let in sun. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.


Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.


Conceal the critters
Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you know you have a viewing, put all bowls and pet products out of sight. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.


Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers do not. Do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.


Take the home out of your house
The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Arrange your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.


Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.


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