Usually when folks ask this question, they want to know if properties are selling quickly and at higher and higher prices. But there are more indicators other than price and time which
I need to get my home ready to sell...where do I start?
HGTV, Flip or Flop, Love it or List it, so many good shows, so little time! With the onslaught of Real Estate, decorating, staging and DIY reality TV shows we have a never ending supply of information to consume. Please don't get me wrong, these shows are addictive and they have some great tips and ideas for preparing your home for selling but I am finding that sellers are getting overwhelmed to the point that they don't know where to start. So let's get started!
- "The Reality Test" - I love this exercise! I suggest that you appoach your home as a potential buyer viewing your property for the very first time. Drive up to your property, what do you notice...dry spots in the lawn, are the sprinklers hitting the home, weeds in the flower beds? As you walk up to the front door, what do you see...peeling paint on the trim, is the front door dirty and faded, cobwebs everywhere? Continue through your home going from room to room...dust bunnies in the corner, smudged walls, what is that smell?! Take a notepad and make a list of what you see. So many of these items are small things that don't cost a lot to fix but speak volumes to potential buyers. We are very familiar with our home and it is very personal to us, this exercise is meant to help you take an honest look at your home, at the same time you are noting items that need attention also note the details and amenities that you love about your home. How can you better bring out the best your home has to offer?
- Sparkling Clean - This ties in with the Reality Test. Nothing is cheaper and will add more value to your home than cleaning it! Do your windows sparkle? Most of us actually live in our home so sparkly clean is not something we can keep up on a day to day basis but it is important to be aware of. If you are selling a vacant home having the home professionally cleaned prior to listing can be well worth your money.
- Declutter - I know if you watch any of the Home Reality Shows you have heard this one before. Is it really that big of a deal, YES! This one also ties into the Reality Test. Are your rooms overlycrowded with knick knacks, too much furniture, stuff, refrigerator so covered in pictures and notes you can't even see what color it is? Make your spaces look bigger, if your not using it, pack it!
So if your getting ready to list your home I challenge you to take the Reality Test. I hope this helps you get started!
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HGTV, Flip or Flop, Love it or List it, so many good shows, so little time! With the onslaught of Real Estate, decorating, staging and DIY reality TV shows we have a never ending supply of