Many times throughout life one gets tossed into a situation in which we find ourselves with only one direction we can go. There are times when you have your home just how you like it and all of a sudden you are forced to place your home on the market. When these time arise, you must move quickly without delay. This whole procedure may take few weeks or longer. Let’s take a look at how we should begin:
VIEW YOUR HOME THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES
Your property looks great to you. However, someone considering it to their new family home will have a different view of than you. Take a view minutes and take a tour around the neighborhood. Then look at your home when you return as someone looking at it for the first time. Look at what might be called “Curb Appeal”. Does the home need to be painted, or maybe just a good washing? How about the driveway and walks, landscaping are they all in good appearance, or do they need attention. Now go inside and take a look at the interior with the same scrutiny. Look at the cabinets, the doors, the window, closets, do they all work smoothly or does something need attention? Be sure to look at the bathroom(s). As you go through the whole home make a notes as to what you see. Don’t forget, you may see the home as looking good, but buyers will have a view things which you may not catch.
CLEAR THE CLUTTER-MAKE IT CLEAN TO SELL
Before you place your home on the market, remove all the disorder you can find. Look in all the closets, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities and shelves. Clear it all, if you must, bag it and pitch it. This is not a time to be emotional, if you haven’t used it, you need to lose it. Buyers who are serious are turned off by a lot of confusion. Most of us hang on to way more stuff than we really need to. Another aspect is to be sure to look at the furniture and lighting fixtures. Having to many items can cause a room or a house to appear much smaller than it actually is. Consider having a sidewalk or garage sale and using the resources from the sale to purchase material to put a fresh face on any area which may need it. If you find that you just can’t go on with out some items, find a place where they can be stored without taking up any space.
PRETEND IT IS SPRING AND THE FAMILY IS COMING OVER
Clean the house like it has never been done before. Have the carpets and floors cleaned, professionally if possible. Strip and polish floors. Scour the bathrooms and the laundry area. Polish the furniture, clean the kitchen appliances even if you don’t plan to leave them when you sell your home. If the weather will allow, don’t forget the outside and power wash and paint wherever paint maybe needed.
WANT A LITTLE MORE IN YOUR POCKET, REPAIRS PAY OFF
Now you have cleaned the home to within a breath of your life, your next move should be to make all the little repairs you may find. Top to bottom. Patch the roof, touch up the paint, fix the screens, look around the porch, does the framing need attention? The yard, keep it trimmed nice. Sidewalks and driveway edge them. Remove any dying or sickly appearing plants that may be in the yard. Inside fix the grout, any scratches on the walls, cover stains, fix any plumbing issues. Fix all the things, including the little things which you may have been put off before even one buyer comes through.
PHEW…THE CLEANING IS DONE, LETS MARKET THE HOME
Okay, now that you have gone all around the home and cleaned and painted and put a real fresh face on the home, it is time to get the buyers to viewing the home. Real estate broker or no real estate broker, there are still things that will give you an edge over the competition. When the property is being shown, be sure the home is straighten up, and even in broad daylight have the window blinds open and the lights on. Open all the interior doors, this will add to the roomy feeling when the home. If you own a cat, be sure the litter box is always changed and fresh. Do all you can to make the home smell clean and fresh. You may not have a lot of time before a buyer wants to tour the home, so you may want to be able to accomplish these things in less than an hour.
GET AN IDEA WHAT THE MARKET IS LIKE
Prior to placing the home on the market take a day or so to investigate the competition around your home. Find the homes with a similar price and in neighborhoods with similarities to yours. You must remember that buyers most important item, after location, is a well maintained home. Many issues concerning imperfections can be look passed if the buyers knows they can move in without any trouble or with little expense.