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Selling a Home…
Selling a home is one of the largest business transactions most of us will ever make. The selling process can be very complex and time consuming, however with the aid of an experienced Realtor, be certain that you will come away completely satisfied.
Here are some of the steps I will take to sell your home:
Prepare Your Home for Market
Before you put your house on the market, it's best to put a shine to it. The way you present your property to prospective buyers can make all the difference. Without investing in expensive and time-consuming renovation and redecoration, I'll advise you how to show your home to its very best advantage.
Tips to Dress Your Home For Success
That first impression when prospective buyers drive up is very important. In most cases, if they don't find the outside appealing, they won't be interested in seeing what's inside.
Mowed lawns, trimmed shrubbery and cleaned windows are a start. Planting a few flowers or plants can do a lot to a front yard. Fertilize and water the lawn and plants thoroughly 2-3 weeks before putting the house on the market. Clean up oil spots on the driveway. Make sure the garage door opens easily. Swimming pools should be clean along with the pump and filters. Clean up and throw away any junk or items laying around the yard. Now is a good time to get rid of those items that you don't plan to take with you. Do this before you put your house on the market to greatly reduce the "detrimental clutter look". Start packing away little things that you don't use everyday. Haul away recycled magazines, newspapers, bottles, cans and so on.
If your house could use a paint job and you don't have the time or money, some times power washing and repainting the trim will update the entire facade. At least paint the side facing the street. A clean front porch with a fresh looking front door that opens smoothly is a must. Any broken windows should be fixed now as they will most likely have to be before closing. Replacing broken boards and a few gallons of stain or paint can add real impact to a fence.
Inside, everything should be spotless. Spending $100 to have someone do heavy "spring cleaning" if needed can bring a return many times over in the sales price and time on the market. A fresh coat of light colored paint on the walls is always recommended. Painting only the trim and the doors will add a lot. Check to see that all doors open and close freely. Oil any squeaky doors. Replace any burned out light bulbs. Brighter lights enhance many rooms. Steam clean the carpets if new carpeting is not possible and to help eliminate any pet odors. Wash and wax floors. Repair or replace damaged or missing tiles. Bathrooms should sparkle. Remove soap scum and mildew. Replace old looking toilet seats. Kitchens should be clean and bright. Clean oven and stove top. Exhaust fans should be free of grease and dust. Clear all unnecessary objects from the countertops. Keep curtains and blinds open and interior lights on for a bright warm cozy feeling. Store stuff and clutter under beds, not in closets.
After your house is sparkling clean, light a candle or two or three. Make your home feel and smell bright, fresh and clean and you will have a faster sale. Sometimes bread baking in the oven is a real winner!
Buyers react most strongly to kitchens, bathrooms and closets, so it pays to concentrate your efforts here. Sometimes just switching door handles, knobs, and light switch plates is a dramatic improvement. Replacing new shower curtains and sink faucets can pay off as well.
Only allow your home to be shown by a licensed agent who has scheduled an appointment. Put away your jewelry and other valuable items for your own peace of mind.
Don't forget…First Impressions are Lasting Impressions!
Know Your Competition
Preview the competition's open houses to see what you are up against in both pricing
and condition. Potential buyers will be previewing these and yours. Try to look at your house "through the buyer's eyes" as though you've never seen it before.
Setting the Price
One of our main responsibilities is to arrive at a suitable, but profitable sales price from a detailed evaluation and analysis of every part of your home. Our work doesn't stop there as we will fully investigate the real estate market and compare your property with similar listings to make sure that you receive the highest amount you deserve for your home.
You will be sure the price you set reflects the true value of your home under current market conditions . . . rest assured that you will be completely satisfied with your selling price once we have completed the proper research and evaluation of your home.
Marketing Your Home
I have created an aggressive marketing program that will provide you with service that is professional and courteous. Just a few things you can expect:
- Detailed Listing Sheets
- 4 Page Color Brochures
- Display advertising
- Internet Showcase
- Card Mailings
- Realtor Open Houses
- Public Open Houses
- Multiple Listings Service
- Centralized Showing Service