If you’re considering moving now’s the time to begin the process. You’ll want an accurate Comparative Market Analysis on your home to estimate its value and identify small projects that can increase its marketability. It’s also a good time to start looking for your next home to get a sense of what’s out there and where you might want to move. Call me and I’d be happy to get you started!
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As you prepare to begin showing your home you might consider taking these steps below for a successful showing. Remember potential buyers want to feel welcomed when looking at your home. So a clean, uncluttered and well repaired home will bring you strong offers that you can be certain will lead to a successful closing!
Clean everything. Cleanliness signals to a buyer that the home has been well cared for and is most likely in good repair. A messy or dirty home will cause prospective buyers to notice every flaw.
Unclutter your home before you show it. Have a garage sale. Empty closets. Donate what you can’t sell. The less “stuff” in and around a home, the roomier it will seem.
Let the light in. Raise the shades. Open the blinds. Pull back the curtains. Put brighter bulbs in all the lamps (but not bright enough to cause a glare). Bright, open rooms feel larger and more inviting. Dark rooms feel small and gloomy.
Let fresh air in. Get rid of odors that may be unfamiliar or unpleasant. People are most often offended by odors from tobacco, pets, cooking, and musty or sour laundry. Fresh flowers and potpourri can be used to your advantage. Other smells that attract positive attention include fresh baked bread or cinnamon.
Fix anything that is broken. This includes plumbing, electrical systems and switches, windows, squeaky floorboards, TV antennas, screens, doors, and fences; if it can’t be fixed, replace it or get rid of it. A buyer might make a much lower offer if your house is in disrepair and will probably still insist that everything be fixed before taking occupancy. You’re better off if you leave potential buyers no reason to offer less than you are asking.
Send pets away or secure them away from the house when prospective buyers are coming. You never know if people will be annoyed or intimidated, or even allergic to them.
Paint. There’s nothing that improves the value of a home more than a few cans of paint. And it’s so often easier to paint a room than it is to scrub it. Stick with neutral colors.
Keep the noise down. Silence is a restful sound that offends no one. Turn off the TV and radio. Soft instrumental music is fine, but avoid vocals.
Ready to sell? Want a free comparative market analysis? Have more questions? Call or text me today Joe @ 720-663-7326