Prepare to Sell
Agent & Price
Consider your property an item to sell and not a place to call “home.” You can do a lot to increase the appeal of your property and to create a lasting impact on potential buyers.
What To Do To Prepare:
1. Curb Appeal.
Keeping your landscape pristine and adding creative touches to your yard, such as colorful annuals, will create an immediate impact on passers-by and potential buyers. Plants in container groupings will allow you to pick them up to move to your new home.
2. Property Repairs.
Simple upgrades such as window repairs, polishing the doorknobs, and a fresh coat of paint in the most frequently used rooms will instantly brighten up the property.
3. Cleanliness and Staging.
We’ll give you ideas prior to listing to keep your property uncluttered, sweet-smelling, and replace bad lightbulbs to keep your home well-lit from top-to-bottom. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, place a vase of fresh flowers near the entryway, pop a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven, have your carpets cleaned. You should also try to “depersonalize” your home: give buyers a chance to “see” themselves in your home, instead of you. I’ll also give you input from showing agents in order to fine-tune the property from the buyer point of view.
4. Disclosures and Inspections.
We are very familiar with the legal procedures involved in seller disclosures and are ready to help you develop a thorough disclosure statement for your buyer, as well as suggest home improvement measures before placing your property on the market (such as termite and pest inspections).
Our job is presenting your property to potential buyers. Don’t feel like you must “sell” your property to those who come looking at it. Buyers feel more comfortable discussing the property with their agent–if you are not in the home–so it’s best to make arrangements not to be there at the time of their visit. Moreover, you’ve hired us to represent you; we will know what information will be most useful when interacting with prospective buyers’ agents.
Another consideration is whether or not to offer a paid one-year home warranty, which essentially protects your buyer under some situations for break-downs of home equipment (such as water heaters, garage doors) or other problems occurring with the property. These are offered at fairly reasonable prices and can definitely be an edge in selling a home in a tight “buyers” market. We can give you referrals to home warranty companies and suggest whether one would be advantageous toward your sale.
All right! We’re ready to show–and, more importantly–to sell your property! Click on Accepting an Offer at the top of the page to continue.