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TIP: Top 10 Things To Do Before Listing Your Home

Posted by: raindrop 6 years, 3 months ago

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When you're considering selling your home, here are a list of 10 things we recommend doing.

10. Have a Coronado Island Realty do a pre-listing walk through.


A Realtor can tell you from a Buyer's perspective what you should do to get your home ready to sell.  Oftentimes, it is difficult for Sellers to see their home through prospective Buyer's eyes.  A Realtor can help clarify what you do and don't need to do.

9. Depersonalize your home.


Buyers need to be able to see themselves in your home, so if there are too many family photos or personalized items placed throughout their home, they won't be able to picture themselves Buying your home.

8. Touch up paint.


Touch up any interior or exterior paint that's flaking, peeling, or looks like it needs an update.  If you have old wall paper, consider removing it and replacing it with paint.  Also, if you have very bright or dark colors, consider repainting those colors to a more neutral color.

7. Remove signs of pets.


While everyone loves their own pet, they don't always like to see signs of your pet throughout your home.  This is particularly important if your home smells like your pet.  If your home does smell like your pet, consider getting your air ducts cleaned along with your carpet and furniture.  Pet odors will instantly turn away buyers.

6. Remove small appliances from the kitchen.


The less you have on your kitchen counters, the larger it will seem.  Remember that kitchens are one of the #1 selling points for a home, so you want yours to look clean and spacious.  Toasters, blenders, coffee makers, and food processors should be put away until your home sells.

5. Clean out your cabinets and closets.


Yes, Buyer's look there, too! Make sure that all of your cabinets and closets are in perfect shape.  Try to remove as much as possible from your storage areas, to maximize the visual space.

4.  Remove 1/3 of your furniture.


Think of a model home: does it have a king sized bed, 2 night stands, 2 dressers, and a clothes hamper in the master bedroom?  No.  It has a king sized bed and night stands only.  Obviously, you can't remove all of your furniture, so consider removing 1/3 of your furniture.  This will give your home a larger and more inviting feeling that Buyer's will attract to.

3. De-clutter/Rule of 3.  


Remove the clutter from your home.  If you like to have trinkets or picture frames covering ever surface, consider the rule of 3:  For every table, you are allowed 3 items.  For example, a side table can have a lamp, small photo, and a trinket.  Clusters of 3 are the most visually appealing and keep your home from feeling sterile (now that you've removed # 4-10 above!)

2. Increase your curb-appeal.


You only have one chance to make a first impression.  Be sure that your curb appeal gives the best first impression possible for your home.  Make sure your lawn is cut regularly and always green.  Plant flowers and make sure they don't die.  Keep the hose tidy and be sure the kids don't leave their toys out front.  If you have old cars in your front drive way or front yard, now is an excellent time to find a new place for them while your house is listed.

1. Clean your home!


And when I say clean, I mean CLEAN!  Get your tile and grout cleaned; get your carpets cleaned; get your windows cleaned!  Make sure that your home will pass the white glove test everyday that your home is listed.

Keep in mind that taking care of the items I have listed take time and money.  Allow yourself 2 weeks to prep your home for sale to make sure it gives the perfect first impression when the home comes on the market.  If your home is vacant, consider the benefits of staging your home.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Kate for more information about what to do before listing your home for sale.

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