Five ways to make your house show-ready (and net more money)

By: grem1

Here are my five things you can do to make buyers fall in love with your home.

1. Start packing now. You’re about to move, right? So get some boxes, packing tape, and a Marker and put your stuff in storage. De-cluttering your home makes it look bigger and cleaner. You can make your house more attractive to buyers and get a head start on moving.”

2. Give it some elbow grease. Clean your house like you’ve never cleaned it before! Windows should sparkle. Make sure the house smells nice and fresh, not like last night’s fish dinner or Lolo’s cigars. sellers can deep clean themselves, or if they have more money than time, they can hire a professional.

3. Do a daily sweep. Sweeping, and dusting (ceiling fans?) is important, but all is lost if your bathroom counter is cluttered with hair products or there are dishes in the sink.
Do a daily wipe-down on all surfaces, especially in the bathroom and kitchen, Keep counters completely clear to make them look as big as possible, especially important in a small space. Dispose of that smelly kitchen garbage and empty those garbage cans.
I had one client who put her toiletries in her travel bag while her home was on the market. She’d get ready in the morning like she was on a trip, then put the travel bag away and out of sight.

4. Make a good first impression. When a buyer pulls up to your house, you have five seconds for that house to sell itself from the curb/gate! And when the front yard looks inviting, that creates positive expectations about what you’ll see inside. Take care of the obvious, like lawn care and putting your yard clutter in storage. Then give the front door some TLC. Your front door should be warm and fresh!. You can give it a few coats of paint or replace it entirely. I also recommend adding some color. Buy cheap, colorful pots, potting soil, and some flowers. The bonus of potted plants? You can take them to your new home!

5. Deal with the bigger issues. Here’s where it can get expensive, depending on the condition of your home. But if your house is in serious need of a coat of paint and a new roof, plumbing problems you have to either deal with those issues or adjust the price accordingly and wait for a buyer willing to take care of it themselves.

Finally, consider inspecting your own home yourself with the buyer’s eye!
Almost no one does this because people think…
“why open a can of worms or find problems myself?”
But the can may be opened eventually if the buyers has or does a house inspection.
And then those problems might cost you a willing and able buyer.
Remember when a buyer falls in love with your home, then finds out there’s a major problem(s) you didn’t disclose, they fall out of love very quickly!
They’re now angry and distrustful, even if you honestly weren’t aware of the problem.
Buyers feel like you should have known because it’s your house.
And sometimes they’ll terminate and refuse to even negotiate the repairs.
If the buyers are willing to negotiate, they may want the price lowered by double, or even triple, the cost of the repairs. Ouch
So, don’t be caught off guard. If you can afford to do the repairs do it!
You can show the buyer any repair receipts or even pictures of repairs you’ve done.
This goes a long way in showing trust and that you really care about your home and are trying to sell the buyer a home that has been cared for and looked after.

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