Preparing for Sale

Selling Tips: Preparing for Sale

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! You will want to maximize curb appeal, so your home needs to be at its best. You need to make sure your property truly stands out, especially in today’s market with so many choices. We will guide you toward your goal of selling your property and making sure that you maximize your potential for sale.With the help of  a local decorator or home stager, an appropriate color, fabrics and simple changes  can be made to ensure your property glows.

Staging:  A stager is someone who knows the proper arrangement of furniture to show off the best features of the property.  A stager will make the property look like a home, not a house. Sometimes lighting, accessories, paint color can accomplish more than you ever imagined. For a minimal amount of money, the stager can enhance your property and we recommend considering this great idea.

Cleanup is a must. You must stash your stuff! Organization is key.  From closets, drawers, pantries and bathrooms to the garage – organization goes a long way. The property should not be too cluttered and you need to set up a system to have the property as clean as possible for each showing. Each time we show you property it counts. It only takes one Buyer to appreciate the property and buy it.

Good working order:   Make sure all systems in the home are in good working order and have been serviced recently. Fix these prior to any showings. Things like leaky faucets, squeaky fans, inoperable windows, doors that don’t close properly, burnt out light bulbs, etc should be repaired. The Buyer will ask that they be done anyway via their inspection. The Buyer will appreciate a well maintained property.

Documents: It is very helpful to have these documents available for the Buyer to get the whole picture when they visit the property: Survey, well and septic permits, HOA documents or website, pictures of property during other seasons, guest book if appropriate, rental figures for the past 3 years, amenities on site and nearby, bus routes, appraisals, floorplans,  warranties, etc. The Buyer will see and appreciate your effort to stand out in the market.

Projects: Depending on the property, some larger  projects may be worthwhile to boost the value of the property. Kitchens, decks, and bathrooms will usually reap the biggest return on the investment.

Indicators like the neighborhood, market conditions, and recent sales will help your realtor to evaluate and determine if the property value could increase in value by these improvements. Your effort can create more value and  a faster sale especially in a tough market.

A great first impression will give the Buyer comfort that the home has been maintained well. Buyers will remember that first impression all the way to closing.