If you are Preparing to Sell Your House this year, let us give you the inside track on removing stress and bringing top dollar for your home.
The Tam Team is very knowledgeable, patient and above all, honest. A quality that is very important to my family and hard to come by. – Ashley and Drew
First: Hire a Trusted Realtor
You want to get top market value for your home and there are plenty of steps before reaching that goal. The first step in preparing to sell your house is to invite us into your home. Beyond the discussion of goals and timing, we will walk your property and help you determine an achievable and valuable “to do” list. This is the first step as we prepare to help you set the right price, handle marketing, manage negotiations and guide you through all the necessary paperwork to a successful closing.
Never Under Estimate a Good Cleaning or Sprucing Up
The care you take with your home is the first thing a buyer sees. If you want top dollar when preparing your house for sale, make it look like it matters. Create a home maintenance check list to work from. Expect potential buyers to look “up and down” first, before they even walk in the door. That gutter you have been waiting to clean may have sprouted trees by now. It makes a difference.
A few strategic changes to your home may really boost your asking-price, but don’t overdo it. We will talk thru and discuss the items that will bring you top market value value, without breaking the bank. Replacing worn carpet and paint are good ideas, but choose neutral colors even if that may not be your taste. Remember, you might love a Southwest motif, but your potential buyers might flinch. Going neutral with everything as you prepare for a sale should make decorating decisions easier.
Reducing the clutter around your house is a stress reliever because it helps get part of your packing done. This is your chance to weed out items you don’t want to keep: donate some, recycle others and toss the rest. A thorough clutter reduction before the house goes on the market will make it easier for you to do a quick clean up before each showing, too. Yes, buyers will open closets and drawers!
It’s Not Personal
When you are selling your home, you need to step back. You may have many emotions, memories and dreams tied up in your home. However, now is the time to put that aside and distance yourself during the sale. Being objective will allow you to see your current home more clearly, receive honest feedback easier and make room for dreaming and planning for your new home. It is sometimes easier said, than done!
Time for a Showing, Don’t Stick Around
Daily living gets a workout when your home is on the market. Keeping your home clean, neat and odor free for those short notice showings can be a challenge. Get the entire family out the door when a showing is scheduled, including pets if possible. Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves in your home and that’s difficult if you are there. Refer back to the “It’s Not Personal” item above. They will likely say things that could hurt your feelings, so don’t stick around to hear their discussion. Avoid this stress, leave the house.
Moving is a hard task and you want to get the sale completed quickly. Remove the stressors where you can when preparing to sell your house. Before you know it, you’ll be handed the keys to your new dream house and be ready to start your next chapter.