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Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

REMEMBER: IT IS NOT YOUR HOME BUT A COMMODITY YOU ARE MARKETING!

Home staging can be accomplished in many ways, so trust your instincts.  Try to evaluate the house as you are seeing it for the first time.  If you were a buyer what would you think about the house?  One of the most important things one can to prepare your house is remember to prepare your home so that homebuyers can visualize living there.

  • What changes would make immediate improvements?

  • What are the house’s best features and how can you show them off?

  • Pack away most of your family photos.  Buyers should imagine their possessions in the home.

  • Pack up the bulk of large personal collections so that buyers do not get so interested in looking at them that they forget to look at the house.

  • Remove excess furniture to make rooms more spacious.  Clean and organize the closets.  Store boxes in an out-of-the- way location, or rent a temporary storage unit so you can declutter every part of the house.

  • Remove area rugs if they expose nice hardwood floors.

  • Plants go hand-in-hand with nearly any home staging theme—living plant, not artificial versions.

  • How about fresh paint?  Are wall in the house dingy? Are colors dated?

  • Carpet cleaning or replacement?  Do not bother with allowances if you can make the change so the buyer sees only the best in your home.

  • Clean and spotless are still musts for everything from floors to windows. Remember to clean the oven and other major appliances.  Skylights should be crystal-clear.

  • No offensive odors.  They are the first thing buyers notice, and is often a permanent turnoff.

  • Reduce clutter.  Put away small kitchen appliances and other item that are sitting on countertops and tables.

  • Mow the grass.  Clean the drain gutters.  Buyers nearly always comment if gutters are full of leaves.  This automatically  makes them question maintenance issues.  Store or organize items that make the yard look messy.

 VACANT HOMES

  • A vacant home can often greet buyers with a blast of stale or mildew-laden air.  As soon as buyers smell mildew they are out the door.
  • Have you ever noticed that during cold months the interior of a house without heat always feels colder than it is outside?  Leave the heat or vent running while a home is on the market reduces odors and make the house more inviting. 

  • Keep the lawn and landscaping tidy, even if you have to hire someone else to do it.

 LAST MINUTE CHECK LIST BEFORE A SHOWING

  • Pick up the front lawn, porch area, patio, and backyard.  Make it free of toys, litter, and equipment.

  • Pick up after pets.

  • Clear driveways and walk areas.

  • Pick up and hide dirty clothes.

  • Put away personal items in the bathrooms and empty all wastebaskets

  • Vacuum, sweep, and dust.

  • Wipe down sinks, tubs, and showers.

  • Arrange flowers and deodorize.

  • Slip a sheet of vanilla on a baking sheet for that fresh baked cookie smell.

  • Turn on all lights, open blinds and curtains, and turn on mood music.

Careful attention to the above will help ensure that your house will stay on the market for a short amount of time--providing of course that you house is priced at market value!

Give me a call at (760) 382-1082 and let's talk further about how to prepare your home for the market, and how to best get it ready to show and sell!


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