Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

Presentation is first and foremost when selling a home for top dollar.  Buyers are looking for a clean, spacious home to make their own.  Recall the feeling you had when purchasing your home.  This is the same feeling you want to exude to your potential buyers.  Some sellers have no clue where to start in preparing their home for sale.

John and Megan want their home to sell quickly.  They are a little overwhelmed about how to get their home ready for the big sale.  They hear about Susie down the street that sold her home in less than a month.  Before Susie put her home on the market, her knickknacks made the home look cluttered and the yard was in disarray.  During the open house John and Megan “happened” to drop by the house and noticed how the home sparkled from the manicured landscaping to the open feeling in the home.  They were dumbfounded on what Susie’s agent sold the home for and wanted the same result.

Here are some easy steps to get your home ready to sell:

  1. The first step is usually the hardest.  You must say goodbye to your home.  Realizing the property is no longer your home, but merely a house.  Some things to dissociate yourself is to say goodbye to every room or think about your future home.
  2. As a seller, you need to remove personal objects, such as family photos and family heirlooms that associate you with the home.  Buyers have a hard time seeing themselves in the home when the seller’s possessions are at every turn.
  3. Since your agent will be showing your home to many guests it is always a wise decision to put expensive, easily accessible items in a safe or  better yet a storage facility.
  4. To make your home aesthetically pleasing to the buyer, remove all pieces of excess furniture, knickknacks and other items that are cluttering the overall look of the house.  Consider that you will be doing this eventually anyway, so might as well start now.  If you have not used an item in a year, Goodwill is recommended.
  5. Now it’s time to organize.  Buyers like to snoop around opening doors and such.  In your closet, color organize your shirts, pants, etc along with lining up your shoes.  In the kitchen stack your plates, bowls and even your tuber-ware.  Make sure that you have a place for everything.
  6. After you are organized you will clearly be able to identify the objects that you would like to keep.  Remove and replace these objects, such as window coverings, appliances, fountains or other fixtures, so the buyer doesn’t have the option to mention your great-grandmother’s drapes in the purchase contract.
  7. Most sellers have possessions that need to be removed from the home, but they are in a dilemma about where to put these items.  The best choice is a storage unit, but in a last ditch effort you could try stuffing everything in your garage.  After this step, all your walking paths should be clear and there should be just enough furniture in each room to showcase it’s purpose.
  8. Fix any minor repairs.  Go through your house checking to see that everything works.  The last thing you want is a buyer irritated by a leaky faucet or a broken doorknob.
  9. Now it’s time to make your home shine.  Wash all the walls top to bottom. Dust everything. Open up and clean those windows.  Re-caulk that grimy tub. Wax and vacuum floors.  Wash your linens and towels.  Anything that looks dirty needs to be cleaned thoroughly.  These small touches will make your home light and bright.
  10. Now it’s time to check out your curb appeal.  Check that your bushes are trimmed, sidewalks and driveways are clear, lawn is mowed and that your house number is visible from the street.  The color yellow promotes buyers to pull the trigger, so plant some of your favorite yellow flowers, such as inexpensive marigolds.
  11. Well you are almost finished.  Go through your home inside and out to judge whether your home is welcoming.  Make sure that your home sparkles.
  12. Lastly invite your most detailed, critical friend or real estate agent over to check out the house with a fine tooth comb.

If you have any more questions on how to prepare your home to sell, do not hesitate to contact me at (818) 447-1024.

JoAnna Selby



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About JoAnna Selby

My name is JoAnna Selby. I am a Real Estate Sales Professional for Prudential California Realty. I specialize in residential real estate, servicing investors, individuals and families.

Prior to choosing a career in real estate, she worked as an Industrial Engineer. As a local resident, JoAnna Selby puts her insider knowledge to work by finding that one special home in your neighborhood of choice. For both sellers and buyers, JoAnna uses the latest internet marketing tools available to expose properties to the widest possible range of qualified buyers. She makes sure that you receive homes instantly as they come on the market, allowing you the opportunity to see the house before other prospective buyers. Why should you choose JoAnna as your real estate agent? Her business skills, proven ability to balance priorities and loyalty will exceed your expectations.

She believes that when buyers find the right house they will be ready to purchase. “It’s not about selling you a house. It’s about finding a home your family will enjoy.”

For sellers, she wants you to be comfortable with the sale, so she will make sure you understand the comparable market analysis, selling time frame and be ready for your move.

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