Ready to sell your home?
Sellers who take a hands-on approach are in a better position to accomplish their goals. Whether you're selling your home for the first time, or you're a real estate veteran, you may want to consider adopting the following suggestions:
1. Set the right price for your home.
2. Use contemporary marketing to showcase the best assets of your home.
3. Small improvement can make a big difference.
Look over the following list to prepare your house:
Step 1 - De-Clutter
This one is simple. De-clutter everywhere; inside and outside. If it's taking up space it is a potential candidate to be thrown out. As a seller you'll need to make that all important mental conversion from "home to live in" to "house for sale." Personal things are a big distraction as you want the buyers to be able to visualize their own belongings in the house. A REALTOR who is a true marketer of homes can guide you in making some tough decisions about what to throw out.
Step 2 - Get In Shape!
Buyers want everything working so don't disappoint them - dripping faucets, broken windows, leaking roofs, damaged walls and doors, etc, beg the question in the buyer's mind...What else is broken or doesn't work? Walk through your home and make an assessment of what needs some attention. Making a few fixes may help you yield a higher price down the line.
Step 3 - Brighten Up!
A new home owner often does not want to see him or herself living in a cave. The last thing they want to see is a dark home with all of the doors and windows covered. Let the light in and open some windows to let in some fresh air. Room deodorizers leave the impression of covering something up as does a window that has the blinds drawn.
Step 4 - Be Crystal Clear
Clean Windows: Buyers want to know and see the view they will have from every room - don't make them look through dirty windows. If they do, the impression of a having a great view is literally going "out the window."
Step 5 - Spend Some Time In The Bedroom (and bathroom too)!
Two of the most important rooms in the house. They must be spotless and first class. Just cleaning up isn't going to be good enough - you need to "deep clean" all counters, floors, cabinets and all the fixtures in the bathrooms. In the bathrooms consider new fixtures or countertops and perhaps redoing the shower and tub enclosures. If new fixtures are not in the budget you may want to consider having them refinished. Think about having all the tile steam cleaned and make sure all grout is free from grease and dirt.
Step 6 -What Is That Smell?
Cigarette or pet odors can truly prevent a deal from taking place. If this is a problem - have the drapes, carpets and furniture professionally cleaned and please..."no smoking" in the house. Also, cooking odors are not a good thing. The best bet is to always have fresh air. Often a little lemon oil mixed with water in a spray bottle used lightly will add just a bit of freshness without overpowering the house.
Step 7 - A Splash of Color
A fresh coat of paint on the outside or inside is an excellent way of freshening up your home. Be sure to use neutral colors and avoid accent painting. Don't try and guess what a potential buyer will like. In most cases they should use a professional painter because it's always a bigger job than most people think
Step 8 - Define the Space.
The bottom line... with furniture, less is best. If it's old, worn or dated, you should put it in storage. Remember that you are setting a stage and your choice of furniture in the home can help
you set the scene towards a healthy and quick offer.
Step 9 - Mow the Lawn
Deal with overgrown bushes, shrubs and trees. Everything in the yard needs to be trimmed, watered, manicured and "living." Remove everything lying around the yard including sports equipment, boats, trailers, toys, etc. You may also add some color by placing some annuals in planters in the back as well as in the front. Curb appeal makes that all important "first impression."
Stage the Home: Results have shown that staged homes sell faster and command higher prices than unstaged homes. Staging can entail anything from decluttering and depersonalizing to rearranging or bringing in furniture to make a home look most appealing to potential buyers. We will assist you in how to present your home at its best and sell it faster.
Showcase your home with a video tour: Homes using video listings are innovative and easy to use!
Open House: We will promote your open house. The open house has long been the core of marketing your house to buyers. The trick is to get people there! Posting and promoting open house plans on the internet works wonders for presenting your home to shoppers and other sales professionals, as 80% of homebuyers start their search online.
Customizable Marketing: We will utilize many different approaches to market your property. We will work to establish the proper marketing tool for your home, since each property is unique. One of our professional REALTORS will provide you with an up to date proposal for your home.
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Century 21 Hancock Properties will assist you in differentiating your home from others in your marketplace. Contact us now to put your home on the market.