Getting your house ready for sell
When the time comes to sell your property, there are many things that need to be done. First impressions are extremely important, specially in today on-line world. Keep in mind that your first showing will be in the internet. Your house needs to look great in order to show beautifully in the listing.
The first thing that you need to do is to say “Goodbye” to your house. Get detached emotionally from it. Look at it as a business deal where you need to get the “merchandise” in its best condition to sale. The better it looks, the more people will like it and you will be able to sell it faster and for a higher price.
A house that looks good tells the buyers that the house has been well taken care off and it makes buyers feel more at ease. Real estate transactions can be extremely emotional. Buyers are always concern about the condition of a house.
Getting your house ready to sale doesn’t have to be expensive. Keep in mind that doing big renovations might not give you back penny for penny, however, fixing some items are essential.
Getting the outside ready for sale
Curb appeal is very important. From the moment buyers put foot in your property they are already getting information about the condition of the house. Make sure that the landscaping looks good, grass mowed, plenty of gravel, bushes and trees are trimmed. Get a pot with colorful flowers and set it by the front door. Make sure your front door is clean, if needed give it a coat of fresh paint. Make sure door is easy to open, some locks are very difficult to open. Remember, buyers are taking notes.
Clean windows and make sure to patch cracks on stucco. If the roof has any broken or missing tiles it could be better to fix them now. Buyer might ask them to be repaired anyway, during the transaction. In very needed cases you might want to consider painting the exterior.
Getting the interior ready for sale
The first and for most first step of action is to de-clutter your house. You want your house to look neat and big. When there is too much furniture, the rooms look smaller. Since you are planning on moving you might as well consider storing some items, giving them away to friends or charities or doing a garage sale. You need to remove the clutter. Get going with your packing and make your house look good!
Also, make sure to de-personalize your house. Remove as many family pictures from the house. Having them distract the buyer and doesn’t allow them to see themselves in the house. You want them to be able to see their furniture in the house and to see their dreams play in it. This house is for sale!
Before you list the house it might be necessary to have it professionally cleaned. All dust, spider webs and any dirt needs to disappear! Shampoo the carpets and have it smelling clean, some nice aroma would be helpful. Keep the house clean and looking good at all times, you never know when you will have a showing.
Remove things from kitchen and bathroom counters, even if they are things that you use every day. Put them in a box in a cabinet if you need to.
Making certain repairs is important. Fix any leaks, refresh/repair caulking, repair holes in the walls even from pictures, tiles, cracks on the wall etc.
The kitchen is the heart of a house, make sure it looks its best. Remove things from the counters, keep it clean. Purchase a couple of new items, some flowers, new kitchen towels, etc. Make it look bright and happy. Get your cabinets organized as well as your pantry. Buyers will be looking in them to see how big they are, same situation with your closets throughout the house.
When you have a showing, turn on the lights, open the blinds, play some music have a nice candle, plug-in or reed diffuser. Make the house look inviting.
As your real estate agent I can help you to have a successful transaction from the very beginning, you only have to call me.