Prepare to Sell Your Home

Making a decision to sell a home is not always easy. Home sellers certainly want the best price for their home that the market will allow, which can make timing the sale of the home and pricing the home tricky for home sellers trying to sell their home on their own.

Although market conditions are impossible for anyone to predict, knowing the market and understanding how to stage and price a home effectively are our jobs as your real estate professionals! Feel free to search the tools in this section, or contact the PrimeTime Team when you are ready for a personal consultation.  One of the things you can do to get top dollar out of your home is to prepare it for the “Buyer’s Eyes”.  Here is a beginning list of things you can do to start the process:

  1. First impressions are lasting!  The front door greets the prospect.  Make sure it is fresh, clean, and paint the trim. 
  2. Keep lawn trimmed and edged, and the yard free of refuse.  Reseed the lawn and fertilize if necessary, weed the gardens, and add mulch. Deep green grass makes a lasting impression. In winter, be sure snow and ice is removed from walks and steps.
  3. Decorate for a quick sale.  Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal.  Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look, when you can show him by redecorating?  A quicker sale at a higher price will result.  An investment in neutral new kitchen wallpaper will pay dividends.
  4. Let the sun shine in.  Open draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be.  (Dark rooms do not appeal)
  5. Do the windows and window screens work well and look good? Have the windows spotless.
  6. Are the appliances operating properly and sparkling?
  7. Fix the faucet!  Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.
  8. Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value.  Have them fixed.
  9. From top to bottom.  Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles.  Brighten dark, dull basements by painting walls and adding brighter light bulbs.
  10. Safety first.  Keep stairways clear.  Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.
  11. Pack excess linens and clothing to make closets look bigger.  Neat, well-ordered closets show the space is ample.
  12. Bathrooms help sell homes.  Check and repair grout in bathtubs and showers.  Make this room sparkle. Don’t let the Handy Man add gobs of caulking when grout is what you need.
  13. Arrange bedrooms neatly.  Remove excess furniture.  Use attractive bedspreads and fresh looking window coverings.

Things for you to think about:

  1.  Have I removed or mentioned to my realtor any attached items that are not included, such as special chandeliers, shelving or garden plants?
  2. Am I familiar with similar homes on the market that I may be competing against?
  3. Have I asked my realtor for a list of ways I can improve the “marketability” of my home without wasting time and money?
  4. Can you see the light?  Illumination is like a welcome sign.  The potential buyer will feel a glowing evening when you turn on all your lights for an evening inspection.
  5. Am I ready to disclose any structural defects such as roof, foundation or wiring problems?
  6. Have I started looking for my new home? Do I know what I want in another home?
  7. What do I need to do to prepare for my upcoming move?

Selling Your Home  

Every day, people all around you list their homes for sale. Everyone wants to obtain the highest possible price, in the shortest period of time, with the least amount of inconvenience.  Marketing real estate requires real estate systems, skill, knowledge, and hard work to obtain top dollar.  If you are considering selling, the PrimeTime Team will give you the kind of insight and expertise you will need to make intelligent decisions and avoid hassles.

Contact us today to see how we can help you obtain the highest possible price, in the shortest period of time, with the least amount of inconvenience. 


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