Tips for home selling:
- Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.
- Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
- Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted.
People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
- If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
- Remove all books from bookcases.
- Pack up those knickknacks.
- Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
- Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
- Neatly stack dishes.
- Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
- Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
- Line up shoes.
- Rent a Storage Unit.
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around.
- Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
- Make Minor Repairs..
- Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
- Patch holes in walls.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- Make the House Sparkle!
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
- Clean out cobwebs.
- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Vacuum daily.
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
- Bleach dingy grout.
- Replace worn rugs.
- Hang up fresh towels.
- Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
- Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
- Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
- Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
- Check Curb Appeal.
If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.
- Keep the sidewalks cleared.
- Mow the lawn.
- Paint faded window trim.
- Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
- Trim your bushes.
- Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.
Consider hiring a professional home stager to get the most out of your home!
Advantages of working with a REALTOR®
- Strict code of ethics. As a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, every REALTOR adheres to a strict code of ethics that embodies honesty, integrity and commitment. This long-standing symbol of pride and distinction ensures REALTORS live this promise to protect buyers and sellers.
- Professional advice and representation. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, a REALTOR helps you navigate the transaction properly and safely. Count on this trained professional to guide you through what seems like a complicated process, especially in a heated real estate market.
- Marketing experience. It’s comforting to know that REALTORS have a handle on the market — house-by-house, street-by-street — with access to up-to-date information that the Internet cannot match.
- Seller’s advantage. It’s wise to seek a REALTOR’s guidance and experience to sell your home. Going it alone is a huge undertaking, especially when it comes to accurately pricing your home and bringing in qualified buyers.