Craig Martin’s Top 10 Ways to Prepare Your Home Sell Quickly and For More Part 1
As a Realtor I am always surprised by how many homes I see that can sell quickly and for more money if only the seller spent a little time and money to prepare the home for sale. I seldom walk out of a home I just showed to a buyer and not have them complain about at least one item that could have been a simple fix to make the home more appealing.
I want to take a moment to help you sell your home by giving you the top 10 items that buyers complain about and how to address it!!
De-Clutter. Make sure that all extra items are packed in boxes and stored in the garage. Also remove any furniture that is too big for the room or that is just not needed. Remember you are moving, so start packing and get those items out of sight. This will make the rooms look larger.
De-Personalize. You want to make the buyer feel like they can see themselves living in the home. It’s important to remove all pictures of your family, or any personal items.
Paint / Touch-up. After living in your home for years the walls will definitely look worn and you may have some colors that are too bright for the buyers. It is very cost effective to have a fresh coat of paint in the main rooms. Also make sure the color is neutral and appeals to the majority of buyers.
Repair small items. It is always important to fix or tighten items in the home that could make the buyer feel that the home was not maintained. Make sure all door knobs and locks work. Fix or change faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Tighten all door hinges and handles and make sure all light bulbs work etc. It is the small things that make a difference.
Clean and Sparkle. Have a professional cleaner come in and clean the whole house. Especially pay attention to the bathrooms and the kitchen. Also have the tile and carpet professionally cleaned. You will be surprised of how much better it will look and the buyers may just think it is only a few years old.
Craig works with both buyers and sellers in the Santa Clarita Valley. He is number one in his office in sales and ranks in the top one percent of Realtors in Santa Clarita. He was also featured on TLC’s “Flip That House” and recently on “Yahoo Finance” as a top California Realtor. Call 661-361-6843, or visit www.CraigMartinHomes.com. Realty ONE Group is located at 24251 Town Center Drive, Suite 201 in Valencia. Summer Selling Sale! List Your Home For 2%. Call for details.
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