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Joe Smith

Sales Associate

Selling your home

Are you getting ready to sell your home? You came to the right spot. There are many reasons for selling a home. It could be because you found a new home you love or even moving locations for a job. Whatever your reason for selling a home, the process of preparing a home for sale can take a month or more. So, here's how to start!


1) Take a Fresh Look at Your Home

Your home looks great to you, but you have to think like a buyer since their the ones living in it. So here are some ways you can take a fresh look at your dwelling. 

2) Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell

Before putting your home on the market, get rid of things that you don't need in every area like closets, attic storage, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and shelves. 

If you can't bear to part with some possessions, store them in the attic or some other place that's out of sight to a potential buyer. 

3) To Sell, Sell, Sell -- Clean, Clean, Clean!

After you've cleared things out, it's time to really clean. 

In short, clean everything. But don't forget about the exterior; paint or power-wash everything that needs the work. Remember, this is a ceiling-to-floor, roof-to-foundation clean-up project. 

4) Get More for Your Home: Repairs Pay Off

The next project is making all the repairs necessary to attract a buyer.

Do what your home needs before the first buyer appears at your door. A good agent will advise you on what needs to be done. Also, if you have friends willing to be brutally honest about what your home needs to sell, invite them to assess the fix-up needs. 

 There is, however, an alternative to the sweat equity you get from a total fix-up, but it carries a price. An "as-is" sale keeps you from doing all this work, but a buyer will assess about twice the price you would have paid for repairs. Then, the buyer will deduct that amount from your asking price before making an offer. 

5) Putting Your home on the Market: Show It to Sell It

After all of the repairs and update are done, it's time to attract a buyer.

Regardless of who markets your home, you or a broker, there are other, small things you must do to attract buyers. For example, even if it's bright daylight, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Also, open all the interior doors to make the home appear roomier. Please vacate the property if possible so that buyers can freely talk about the possibility of buying your home. Make sure your home is available to be seen by a prospective buyer with as little notice as possible. Than means less than an hour, or even five minutes.


6) Get a Sense of the Market

Take a day to check out the competition. Meaning looking at homes with similar prices and in similar neighborhoods. You don't have to go out and buy new furniture just to look like that beautiful new model in the new development -- what you want is the feel of that new model -- clean, uncluttered, and fresh. 

Remember, after location, the most important item to a buyer is a well maintained home. Many flaws can be overlooked if the buyer knows they can move in without a lot of trouble and expense.