What you need to do to get your house sold
Many homeowners are thinking about putting their homes up for sale. Getting your home ready is very important if you want to sell it quickly and for the best price. You will need to prepare your home and yourself too. Selling your home can be a stressful time. But it doesn’t have to be.
First things first. Contact your favorite TM5 Properties Realtor® and let them know that you are thinking about selling. They can stop by and make suggestions as far as what you need to do so you are primed and ready to sell. Not quite ready to do that? Here are some suggestions to put you on the right path:
- Clean up the grounds-porches-garage. Keep lawn trimmed and edged. Make sure your yard is clean of refuse. Spruce up flower beds and trim trees.
- Clean and paint exterior surfaces, particularly the front door. Your front door gives a vital first impression while a Realtor® and prospective buyer are waiting to enter your home.
- It may be necessary to put some belongings-especially extra furniture, personal photographs and knickknacks in storage to give your home a more spacious look. Remember – you are planning to move –start packing these items up and put them in the attic or in a storage unit.
- Clean baseboards, ceiling fans, light fixtures, registers and air returns. These items are often overlooked by us but not by a buyer. Make sure grout in bathrooms is clean and repair as needed. Clean windows. When these items are not taken care of by the seller, the buyer often will get the impression that the house has not been properly maintained which could translate into a lower offer or worse, they pass on this house for another which is cleaner.
- If any decoration is needed, especially in the kitchen, do it now! $20 worth of paint may balance a $100 price cut. Bathrooms help sell homes. Make them, as well as the kitchen shine.
- Clean walls and paint with neutral colors. Homes with very unique and personal paint colors will often turn a potential buyer away.
- Test all light fixtures and put in new bulbs. Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyers will feel more comfortable with all lights on for an evening inspection.
- Make up beds with attractive spreads. Get fresh towels for the bathrooms.
- Consider what you will do with your pet once your home is on the market. Pets need to be out of the way during showings. One type of prospect is annoyed by pets. The other has their attention diverted by them. Get a kennel for cats or dogs. Start getting them used to being in one now.
- Straighten up closets and cabinets. Got too much stuff? Have a garage sale. When a potential buyer opens your closet or cabinet, they will be looking to see how much it can store. If closets are overflowing and messy, it gives the buyer the impression that the house does not have sufficient storage.