Getting Ready To Sell

Getting Ready To Sell Your Home

Pearl Ahlquist RubyWhen you sell your home you’re going to have to move. When you move you’re going to have to pack. Most of the principles of staging just mean you’re going to have to pack up some of your things early. It’s a little bit of work but you’re going to have to do it anyway. So do it now so you can get top dollar for your property in your marketplace.

  1. Things to Keep In Mind:
  • Buyer’s only know what they see, not how it’s going to be.
  • You can’t sell it if you can’t see it.
  • You can’t sell it if you can smell it.
  • The way you live in your home and the way you market and sell your house are two different things.

2. General Comments:

  • In every room, stand in the doorway and look at the room through the eyes of a buyer. What do you see? Be tough on yourself: What can you do without while your home is on the market?
  • Most carpets need to be cleaned. Have them professionally cleaned before coming on the market. If they need to be replaced you should replace them unless you don’t want to ask top dollar.
  • Check all light fixtures. Are they working properly? Replace all burned out light bulbs. Look for dark hallways and corners and increase the wattage of bulbs in those areas.
  • Make sure there are lamps with adequate bulbs in dark corners and turned on for showings.
  • Repair and repaint cracks on all walls and ceilings.
  • Repair or replace broken light switches and switch plates. Clean any dirty areas around them.

Anything You Can Do Helps

  • Keep all curtains and blinds open during the day to let in all light and views. The extra cost of heating or air conditioning is a necessary cost of selling.
  • Pack up all valuables to protect them. If necessary, take them to a safe deposit box.
  • Take a hard look at those beloved house plants. In most cases they need to be pruned and/or the number of plants reduced to create more space. If plants don’t look healthy and are barely clinging to life give them away.
  • Fireplaces need to be cleaned out. Glass doors should be cleaned. Mantels and hearths need to be cleared off except for a very few necessary items.
  • To create more space you may want to remove some furnishings.
  • Pack up all collections (you need to pack them sooner or later anyway). They distract buyers from the desired focal point…your home.
  • Reduce the number of books on bookshelves. Pack up the books early!
  • Reduce the number of family photos on shelves, pianos and tables.
  • Reduce the number of wall hung photos and paintings in every room to one large piece on a wall or a small group of three. Make sure they are hung at eye level. Most people hang their pictures too high.
  • Be sensitive to odors because buyers are!
  • Wash all windows inside and out and make sure they operate freely.
  • Repair items that are broken. This will show that your home is well taken care of. In most cases, buyers will ask for them to be repaired anyway, so do it now.
  • Rearrange furnishings or move furnishings from room to room as needed to create more space.
  • In general, pack up the little things. Little things create clutter and they need to be packed up anyway, so pack them up now.