Are you considering selling your home? I can guide you through the process to lessen your stress and maximize your dollars.
This guide has been compiled to help clarify the process and assist you on your endeavor. Preparing your home to sale may take several weeks and finding a qualified buyer could take from two to six weeks. So, let’s get started.
Top Five Tips For Sellers
- Choose your agent carefully. Is your agent a neighborhood specialist (hint hint ArlingtonTexasToday.com) and someone who you will work with well?
- Know about the comparable properties who have recently sold. Get this information from your agent. If you list your home too low, you lose money (not get the full value) and if you list too high you lose money (difficulty selling due to pricing out of market).
- Timing is important, so discuss with your agent the optimal timing for you personally as well as that of the buyers.
- Prepare your home for selling. Fresh paint, decluttering and minor renovations can make a huge difference. Ask your agent for help staging or information on how to hire a professional stager.
- Consult with an accountant and lawyer before listing your home to understand the financial and legal implications of the sale.
How to Add Instant Value to Your Home
- Curb Appeal – You only get one chance to make a first impression. One of the first comments buyer’s make when viewing a property relates to the outside appearance of a property. Having a well maintained yard with flowers will add pops of color to get you one step closer to hooking that buyer! Remove clutter from the entry and add warmth by adding a bench, small table or vase of flowers.
- Kitchens Sell – The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. A buyer could knock $11,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated but a few thousand dollars could replace the countertops. Don’t have thousands laying around to throw into updating your kitchen? No worries. Painting and new cabinet hardware are the fastest and most inexpensive ways to update a kitchen.
- Neutral Palette – Neutral paint colors give buyers a blank campus to work from. The navy accent walls in your sons’ bedrooms may make it difficult for buyers with girls to envision living there. Take the guess work away from buyers by giving them a blank canvas and use neutral colors throughout the house.
- Half-empty closets – Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left. Do this in any place you use for storage – utility room, linen closet, bathroom and kitchen cabinets. BONUS: If you don’t miss the things you’ve stored away you probably don’t need them!
- Improve lighting – Maximize the light in your home. After location, good lighting is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, add dimmers to lights to set the mood, replace light bulbs with higher wattage bulbs, keep shades and curtains open and fix any broken panes.
- Don’t over-upgrade – Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. Get a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
- Conceal Your Pets – Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send your pets to a pet hotel for the day.
- Depersonalize Your House – One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to depersonalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Place a third of your personals in storage such as family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.
- Consider a Home Stager – Home stagers specialize in making a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Hiring a home stager could be an investment in not only making your home look its best but also get your home sold quicker.
- Floor Check – Consider refinishing floors to minimize wear and tear or scratches. If you have carpet, make sure you get the carpet steam cleaned in every room.
- Thoroughly Clean – Clean all windows to allow as much light as possible into your home. Clean and polish floors, lighting fixtures, and faucets. Eliminate any odors by removing kitty litter, laundry and trash. Finally, de-clutter. With less clutter, people will get a better sense of the size of your home.
- Your agent
- Stager (optional)
If you have any additional questions about selling your home, feel free to contact me anytime.