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Selling home is a very emotional process people are going through and the more you are prepared for this process the less it will affect your well being and your own pocket. There are certain steps in the selling process to follow in order to achieve the best results. Hiring professional Realtor for the job of selling your property would help you to achieve those results.
Buyers won’t be interested in purchasing your home just because you want to sell it. Buyers won’t be interested in buying your property and pay you more $$$ for it just because Re/Max, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Joe Shmoe Realty or any other real estate office including mine is selling it for you and their real estate sign is standing in front of your property. People purchase real estate when there is a value in it. Once you decide to sell your property you should treat it as a business just like any other business person would. Part of that business is to follow the steps that are proven to get the best results in the selling process of any property. Below you will find few common tips that should help you to achieve better results.
Selling a house should not be a process of experiencing first and learning later. Experience is a tough teacher, first you get the test, and then you get the lesson. Home for all of us is the most valuable asset. Selling that asset should be taken seriously.
People buy homes based on their emotional appeals. If the buyer falls in love with an image of the house you will create, they will most likely buy it, and pay a fair price for the house. Before you put your property up for sale, spend some time walking around and through your house. Look at it as if you were a buyer. Create a list of all things that distract your home from its emotional appeal. All needed changes or repairs should be done prior to putting the house on the market.
Landscaping: first thing buyers will see before they walk inside is the outside of the home with its front yard. It is important to create favorable first impression on our buyers. Try to walk across the street and take a good look at your house comparing it to the houses around. Check if your landscaping is at least average among your neighbors. If needed plant bushes and matured colorful flowers that will add a splash of vibrancy and color around the house. The lawn should be evenly cut, well watered, and free of brown spots. Always rake up leaves and grass cuttings.
House exterior: if you have a frame house and it looks tired and faded, a paint job should be in order. It will spruce up the appearance of the house and add dollars to offers from potential buyers. If the roof is leaky replace it, if it is not, wait until inspection is done and see what the home inspector says. There is no need to spend money unnecessarily.
Front door: the front door should look sharp since it is the entryway into the house. If the door needs repainting or replacing make sure it will be done. The lock should work easily. Always get a new plush door mat.
Back yard: the back yard should be kept neat and clean. If you happen to have dog/s keep the yard clear of “debris” at all times. To make your yard appear as spacious as possible swing set/s or anything that takes its space it makes more sense to remove than leave them in place especially if the back yard is small.
DE-PERSONALIZE THE HOUSE
For the buyers buying a home is often an emotional decision. For the sellers when selling the house the emotions need to be removed from the equation. At this point sellers need to think of their house as a marketable commodity. The goal is to get potential buyers to see your house as their potential home, not yours. The very first step in getting your home ready to sell is to de-personalize it. Therefore, put all your family photos, collectible items, sports trophies, and souvenirs in a box. Part of preparing a house for sale is removing all the clutter that takes space in the house. This is not an easy task to accomplish since most people are emotionally attached to everything in the house. It is always a good idea to rent a storage unit for a few months where you can move to all the boxes full of your personal items, extra furniture that makes house to show cluttered, all the items you collected through several years including junk that take space in a basement, attic, garage and shed. Those areas should look as empty as possible so the new owners can imagine how they can use the space in their new home.
Removing kitchen clutter: get everything off the kitchen counters including the toaster. Keep it inside the cabinet and take it out only when you use it. Empty the kitchen cabinets and drawers as much as possible, do it with everyone. This way you will create as much empty space as possible. Keep only dishes and pots that you will be still using. If your kitchen cabinets, drawers, and pantries show jammed full, it sends a negative message to future owners and does not promote an image of plentiful storage space. Remove all extra cleaning supplies from beneath the kitchen sink. Check if there are any tell tale signs of water leaks that may discourage buyers.
Removing closet clutter: closet is another place where people tend to accumulate extras, we call it clutter. Extra clothes and shoes that people rarely wear but cannot bear to be without. Put those extras you will not be using in the boxes for the next few months to show your closets more spacious.
Windows and doors: make sure all windows open and close easily, use WD40 if needed. If there are any broken or cracked windowpanes replace them before the house goes on the market. Make sure all doors open and close without creaking.
Paint: painting is the best investment when selling the house. You can possibly have an outdated color scheme or simply the house was not painted for a longer period of time. New paint will always help to refresh it. As a result it will create a more attractive image of the house for the potential buyers to remember it among other homes they viewed. Always choose colors based on what would appeal to the widest possible number of buyers. Try to stick to an off-white color because the white color helps rooms to appear bright and spacious. Make sure there are no water stains on ceilings and walls because they have to be specially treated before painting so they won’t show again after painting.
Carpet and flooring: if you decide to replace the carpet because it appears old and worn; do it with something inexpensive and choose neutral color. Most of the time hiring a professional carpet cleaner is enough. If you have any broken tiles in the floor replace them with an inexpensive way.
Odor control: pets create odors that you may have become used to, but for the others who will be going through your house it will be noticeable immediately. Owners with cats, be sure to empty kitty litter boxes daily. Use odor control neutralizers to minimize it as much as it is possible. For those with dogs, keep the dog outdoors as much as possible.
Costs of repairs: the goal with all the repairs is to simply have as few negative impressions upon buyers who may want to purchase your property. Do not do anything expensive, such as remodeling. You may not get your money back. Whatever budgets you need for doing those repairs try not to charge up credit cards or obtaining new loans. You do not want to do anything that will affect your credit scores or hurt your ability to qualify for your next mortgage if you need to take one.