Prepare to Sell
Preparing Your House for Salable Condition
The great news about selling is you have a lot of control over presentation. That’s what piques buyers’ interests and gets them to put certain houses on their “must-see” lists. Fortunately, most of the preparatory work isn’t difficult and comes with little expense. Here are some proactive steps you can take to ready your property for sale:
1. Start with improving curb appeal. Did you know buyers form an impression of a property in just 7 to 10 seconds of seeing it? Their first real-life impression will happen when they arrive outside your home. So, make a positive impression by sprucing up the landscaping. There’s no need to go overboard. Just some mulch strategically placed, a few colorful flowering plants, and a freshly cut lawn. It’s also highly advisable to power or pressure wash the exterior to make it appear more clean.
2. Make necessary repairs. All those little annoyances you’ve come to put out of your mind must now be front and center. Fix everything you are able to do on your own. For more involved repairs, bring in a professional. Also, it’s great to brush on a fresh coat of interior paint, giving each room new life.
3. Deep clean and disinfect. Think serious spring cleaning and clean every nook and cranny of every room. Be sure to disinfect every surface in the house, as well. If necessary, have the carpet cleaned and be sure to freshen the bathrooms and put elbow grease into the kitchen to be rid of any grease, dirt, and grime.
4. Stage the furniture. Too often, people arrange furniture to provide the best views of the television. But, this typically reduces traffic flow and lessens the visual appeal. So, arrange furniture in “floating” blocks, with space between. Imitate the typical model home for best results. After all, just 1 in 10 people can imagine a room in another way that they see it. Your real estate agent will walk through and provide you with any other helpful suggestions.
5. Prepare for disclosures as well as inspections. The law requires you to make certain disclosures and our team of trusted professionals will assist you with this obligation. Additionally, we likewise suggest conducting a pre-listing home inspection and/or a pest inspection. This is not only to avoid unpleasant surprises but also, are great selling tools.
6. Showing your house. This is a nerve-racking endeavor for the majority of sellers but you don’t have to worry about a thing. We’ll handle the showings for you and make the most out of each one. Our experienced agents know how to highlight the best strengths of a property and answer any buyer questions.