Home Selling Preparation

Ok.  Now that you have decided to sell your home, follow these simple and easy helpful steps to make sure your home shows to it’s full potential to maximize your home selling price.

Curb Appeal, It all starts from the outside appearance of your home

Ever drive by a house and think to yourself,” look at that mess? What are they thinking”? The point is, they are not thinking. Curb appeal is the first impression left with a prospective buyer when you are trying to sell your home. Thus, the first place to start is with the outside of your home. Make sure to sweep your porch, cut and edge the grass, trim the trees, pull the weeds, plant flowers and paint the outside if necessary. None of this will cost a great deal of money. But if left undone, it may cost you the sale of your home.

Get Rid of Clutter

When preparing your home for sale, walk through the front door and take a good hard look around. Look with an eye of Mr. Buyer. What do you see? Is the house neat and clutter free? Or do you see items everywhere. If it is a clutter zone, clear it out. You are going move anyway, so start backing. Clean, clear surfaces provide the prospective buyer with the opportunity to see her things in the space. It will also tell the buyer the home has plenty of storage. Get rid of the junk when you are preparing to sell. Don’t forget the closets, cupboards and garage. There is nothing off limits to the buyer when she is reviewing your house. She will look at everything.

The Nose Knows

There is nothing that will kill the interest of a prospective buyer faster than a smelly dirty house. Nasty smells mean an unclean home. If your home does not pass the smell test, you need to fix the reason why. Clean up the dirt. The two most important areas to have pristine clean are the bathroom and the kitchen. If you are not good at cleaning, then hire a maid. It will be money well spent.

Assuming your home is clean but has the essence of last night’s fish fry, try burning a nice scented candle in the area that isn’t fresh. Or you can bake cookies, brownies or some other yummy treat that will leave a pleasant lingering aroma. Bottom line is the nose does not lie. Take a deep breath and deal with what you find.

Fix it

Now is the time to get all those “fix it” projects done. A home with deferred maintenance screams “there are bigger problems”.  Fix these kinds of small repairs as they will cost you much more in the final sales price of your home if not repaired; peeling paint or wallpaper, leaks and apparent leak stains, broken doors or mirrors, etc..  If a seller doesn’t fix the little items then the buyer assumes the major things are going to be his responsibility after the sale. The buyer will not make an offer and you have just lost a potential buyer for your home. If you are not a handy person, hire a handyman. Just get the list completed before you put your home on the market.

Staging

Preparing a home or staging a home is the process of determining the best way to show off the assets of the home. And, yes, downplaying the flaws. The way you live in your house is different than the way you live in a home which is for sale. Each room of your home needs to tell the buyer what its purpose is. If you are not good at figuring out how to place furniture, what to keep and what to get rid of or you have an area in your home which is difficult figure out, get help. You may have a friend who can give you advice. If not, then the very best place to find help is to ask your Realtor.

Showings

Whenever you have a scheduled showing, try to follow these very important rules for each and every showing:

1.    Try to not be hovering around during a showing  so the potential buyer feels relaxed seeing your home and doesn’t feel rushed with you standing over them.  Let their agent sell your home.

2.    Only Answer Questions.  The potential buyers already have an agent to help them.  Although its nice to give your input to a potential buyer, its better just to answer any potential questions that are posed to you instead.  Too much information or insight can actually hurt your chances of selling your home.

3.    All pets out of sight and out of home if possible.

4.    Clean your home the best you can and de-clutter as much as possible.

5.    Turn on all lights and let the sun in.  A well lit home shows much better than a dark and gloomy one!

6.    Try to always be available and never turn down a showing.  Request your agent to install a lockbox for easy showings.

Once you have completed all of the steps above, you are ready to put your home on the market. Good luck and remember, keep it clean.

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