INFORMATION EVERY SELLER SHOULD KNOW BEFORE PUTTING THEIR HOME
ON THE MARKET!
You never get a second chance at a first impression!
You'll never have more activity on your home than you will in the first
three to four weeks of the listing. A property will usually sell for
the highest price during this time. What more could you want than to
get your home sold quickly and for top dollar?
You want to prepare your home to appeal to the most buyers in the shortest
amount of time. The property needs to look good from the street, on
the front porch and throughout the house. You want to give the impression
of a well cared for home. If buyers have a choice of two comparable
properties similar in price, they will usually choose the one in the
best condition. Likewise, if two properties are similar in condition,
the buyers will choose the one that is less money.
As Your Personal Realtor, I pay for the services of an interior design
professional to help stage your home prior to putting it on the market.
In addition, I have your home pre-inspected to determine what repairs
or changes should be made prior to listing to determine what the buyer's
inspector might find. I provide these services at my expense and as
a value-added service to my clients. In the end, this helps you sell
your home quicker and helps you net the most money.
Below are some basics to consider prior to listing
Air out your home to give it a fresh, clean smell.
Wash all the windows in the house, inside and outside. Clean
the window sills, the bottom of the window jambs and window blinds.
Pressure wash the exterior of your home and all other surfaces
including decks, driveways and sidewalks. You can rent a pressure washer
at most home centers and do the job yourself, however, you can damage
your home if you are not careful. You can also hire a professional to
do it for you.
If it has been over a year since the carpets were cleaned,
now is the time to do it. The bare floors should also be waxed or polished.
Put bright light bulbs in every socket made for a bulb. Buyers
like bright and cheery so you will also want to keep the drapes and
shades open during the day.
Clean out all of the closets, cabinets, and drawers. Get rid
of things you haven't used in the past five years and pack up everything
that you haven't used in the last year. Closets should they look as
though they have enough room to hold additional items. You might need
to box up off season clothes to have more space. Get everything off
the floor and don't have the shelves piled high.
Remove cluttered or unnecessary furniture from a room. Even
though it may be inconvenient, you will be better off by selecting the
pieces that look best and putting the others in the garage, basement,
or storage. If needed, you can even rent a mini-warehouse for a few
dollars a month.
Clean all appliances in the kitchen inside and outside.
Clean the bathroom and have the bath tubs, showers and sinks
freshly caulked. The grout should be clean and in good condition. There
are excellent cleaners that will do the job without tons of scrubbing.
Also, fix any leaks in the faucets or traps.
Put fresh towels out in the bathrooms and replace the shower
curtain if needed.