A step by step guide in how to get your house ready to sell!
Sever Ties to your Home
Do Not Make it about You
Pack away personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers have trouble looking past personal belongings, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to visualize their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want buyers thinking "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want them thinking, "I can see myself living here."
Get Rid of the Clutter
People collect an amazing quantity of junk, so much so that some may consider hoarding a disease. For many, it is hard to part with “stuff”, but try to take this approach: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.
For those of you who can’t do this on your own, there are professional companies to help you organize. It is much easier for them, as they do not have a personal connection to your “stuff”
Clean Up Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets
Buyers are curious and have a tendency to snoop, meaning they will open closets and cabinets. What kind of message are you sending if these places are crammed, or even worse, things fall on the (now former) interested buyer? Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if everything is organized. It elicits the thought that you take good care of the house. For guidance, closets should be no more than 30% full. Without appearing overly obsessive, you may consider the following:
Bottom line – show that you are neat, organized and ready to have a smooth transaction!
Rent a Storage Unit
Yes, I realize the first thought is that this will cost you some money to rent a space. However, the cost of not selling your home will be much greater, so make the investment. Most homes show better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?" Remember, you want to create the illusion of having more space and putting your items in storage is one way to accomplish this.
Remove/Replace Favorite Items
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If a buyer never sees it, the odds of them actually asking for it are slim to none. Once you tell buyers they can't have an item, they will covet it, and it could be a deal breaker. Also, if you are set on keeping a particular appliance, you may want to consider replacing it.
Make Minor Repairs
Give your Home that Pristine Image
Buyers often drive by a property and decide not to go inside. Give them every reason to want to get out of their car and into your home
Additional Ideas to Consider When Staging your Home for Sale
To make sure you sell your home for the best price, most favorable terms, and in the shortest amount of time, it is important to use a licensed professional with specialized skills. As your agent representing you in selling your home, I am educated in every aspect of the transaction, from writing an offer to negotiating the price, to arranging financing and following the transaction through to escrow.
As your agent,
I believe in creating a dramatic online experience. With approximately 96% of searches being conducted online, it is critical to have an online presence. For a look at some of the sites I will expose your property to, please ask to see my comprehensive marketing flow chart
Ready to sell your home? For a more exhaustive report of what I do to get your home sold in the least amount of time, for the best price, and most favorable terms to you call Chad today!