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You are ready to sell your house. Where do you start? Selling a house can be an emotional process. Somebody wisely said that a seller views their own house like the Taj Majal and buyers view the sellers’ house like a shack. This is so accurate in terms of the different perspectives, so it’s best to understand this going into the selling process. Understand that others may not view your home the way you have enjoyed it, and that’s okay. Once you make the decision to sell your house, it’s important to try to detach any emotion from the house. That house was a home to you because you made it a home. Your house will become a home to somebody else.
Finding the Right Real Estate Professional
The first step is to find the right Real Estate Professional. Finding the right real estate professional requires doing a little research and asking a few questions. You need to know everything about the selling process. What is the marketing strategy? What kind of advertising will be done? Is the Realtor capable and willing to communicate effectively? Can the Realtor effectively present and sell the less-noticeable assets of the property? Is the Realtor experienced and secure with himself to have the confidence to provide you with honest and helpful information throughout the selling process? These are valuable questions that need to be addressed before hiring the Realtor to get the results you deserve.
Prepare the Home’s Exterior
Making a good first impression is as important when selling your home as when meeting a business associate. We call it "curb appeal." And it's what draws a potential buyer out of their car and into your home. Begin by taking an objective look at your home. When you drive up, what's the first thing you see? Is it an inviting setting that encourages buyers to stop and take notice? Or is the first thing you see your brother-in-law's old boat, children's toys strewn around the yard, or overgrown landscaping? Here are some tips for ensuring your home makes a good first impression:
Nice landscaping: Prune overgrown trees and bushes. Pull weeds and dead or diseased plants. Fertilize and mow your lawn to make it look green and healthy. Consider planting flowers along walkways or in pots along the sidewalk to bring eye-catching color to your landscaping. Spread mulch or beauty bark around trees, shrubs and flowers to give your front yard a clean, well-kept look.
Attractive front entry: Polish your front door handle and other hardware. Make sure your door lock operates properly. Paint or stain your front door if needed. Consider hanging a pretty wreath or floral swag. Set out pots of flowers near the front door and/or where potential buyers are likely to notice them. If you have a front porch, set the mood by featuring a charming bench or chairs with a table and flowers. Keep all sidewalks, porches and walkways swept. Buy a new front door mat in neutral tones. Clean and polish light fixtures.
Less is more: Just as you would inside the house, make sure your front yard does not look cluttered. Move cars into the garage and out of the driveway whenever possible. Keep the kids' bikes, toys and other play equipment out of sight. To minimize distractions, keep lawn and garden ornaments to a minimum. In other words, create an environment that invites buyers into your home and allows them to picture themselves enjoying your front yard.
Prepare the Home’s Interior
Make sure the entry floor is clean and make any necessary repairs. Patch and paint all visible nail holes. Clean all baseboards of any scuff marks, doors of all marks, hand rails and light switch plates of any dirt and sticky substance. Make sure every window and door operates smoothly, and replace any broken glass. Caulk and glaze around all windows and ensure the weather stripping is in place. Test all security systems and ensure the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are all working properly. Make sure the carbon monoxide detectors are within 10’ of any bedroom. Repair all squeaky wood floors, loose handrails, posts, or threads. Replace broken floor and wall tiles.
The kitchen and bathrooms can make or break a sale. Make sure to wash all kitchen appliances, replace the exhaust fan filter, and clean the grease off the stove backsplash and exterior cabinets. Make sure the kitchen faucet is not leaking above and below the sink. Replace the sinkbase cabinet floor if there is any sign of water damage. Remove mildew from shower and bathtub, and properly apply a new bead of caulk along the corners. Replace any worn or broken toilet seat and make sure the toilet works properly.
The basement is a place where families gather, so make sure to remove clutter, check for dampness, damaged floors and leaky pipes. Box everything you aren’t using to give the impression that you are prepared to move out.
Have professional, licensed contractors inspect and repair all electrical, heating, cooling, and plumbing systems. Have receipts readily available to show the repairs have been made. Replace the furnace and humidifier filters. Remove any clutter and anything that doesn’t belong in the mechanical room to allow space for any perspective buyer to walk around the mechanical room.
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