Preparing Your Home To Sell

Dated: 03/19/2018

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One of the most important, and frequently neglected steps in selling your home is preparing your home for sale. Each and every person has their own idea of what this means. To many it just means hiring a Realtor, putting a sign in the yard, and listing the property on the MLS. For others it's having the house professionally cleaned, staged, and then photographed for marketing. In either case people often overlook small maintenance items because they have either gotten used to the"quirks"of their home, or they don't believe these things matter when it is time to sell.

Hey the market is good; values are up, and inventory is very low, so why worry about fixing that annoying faucet or loose wiring? Surely someone will come along and buy it anyway. . . In most cases that is true, but if you really expect to get Top Price for your neighborhood, then you probably have a little work to do.

I'm not talking about hiring a contractor and spending many $1,000's to renovate and/or upgrade your home. You can easily over spend, and even over improve a house. Granite, Stainless Steel, Travertine Flooring; these bigger upgrades certainly catch buyer's attention and are in high demand. However, it's the little things that can quickly give potential buyers a bad impression of your home.

Before listing your home, spend some time walking through the house as a buyer would. In fact, I recommend imagining that YOU are the buyer and that someone else is living there. What would YOU notice?

Some things to look for:

  • Leaky or Problematic Plumbing Connections

  • Loose Toilets & Fixtures

  • Distressed Caulking around Tubs, Showers, etc.

  • Dirty or Chipped Baseboards or Trim

  • Any Electrical or Wiring issues

  • Stained or Dirty Carpets

  • Doors or Windows that do not Close and Seal Properly

The truth is that ANYTHING that doesn't function correctly or look 100% the way that it's supposed to can send up red flags.

 Of course, these are just a few ideas to get you started. If you're not comfortable fixing things yourself then it may be time to call a professional. Either way, your home will not only show better, but you'll have fewer issues during the home inspection once your property is under contract.

Still concerned about passing an inspection? Some sellers decide to go as far as having a pre-sale inspection done by a reputable Home Inspector. It will cost a few $100 but being able to show interested buyers that your home is in top condition could yield you much more money at closing time.

The majority of home buyers I work with just want a home they can live in without having to roll up their sleeves and spend their precious weekends on home improvement projects. The other buyers who don't mind doing the work expect a lower price.  If you are considering putting your home on the market, which would you rather: have the buyer who is looking for a deal, or one who is willing to pay market value? Your answer to this question will help position you to get your home sold.

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