Tips for Sellers – Making Your Home More Sales-able! Getting it SOLD!

by Teri Ellis on August 22, 2011


Sellers, we are clearly in a complex real estate market! Since so many homes are “not” selling, I want to suggest some tips so that you can make your home more “sale – able”.  As of today, you are competing with over 19,000 other sellers, so your home needs to have the best edge possible. You may want to consider some of my suggestions below – and remember, first impressions are HUGE! You will only have one time to make that first impression! These are just a few ideas – you might be able to think of more.


10 Ways to Make Your House More Sale-able


1. Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items. Store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Remove unnecessary furniture – after all, you plan to move. Clean out the garage. Put extra stuff into a storage container.

2. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.  During the listing, have them cleaned regularly. clean windows

3. Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator. A clean house makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well cared for. Trust me, buyers look inside your cabinets, closets and drawers!

4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows. Potpourri or room deoderizers can make your home smell warm and inviting. skunk

5. Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.

6. Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, peeling paint on the outside, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained. On that note, keeping your home maintained while living in it can cut down on fixes needed when preparing to sell your home.
7. Pretty up your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway. Plant flowers in the flower beds! First impressions are important!

8. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

9. Clean your gutters.

10. Polish your front doorknob and door numbers.


5 Ways to Speed Up Your Sale

1. Price it right- GET IT SOLD! Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range.

2. Get your house market ready for at least two weeks before you begin showing it.
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3. Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a house ready to show on the spur of the moment, but the more often someone can see your home, the sooner you’ll find a seller.

4. Be ready for the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll accept!

5. Don’t refuse to drop the price. If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, be prepared to lower your asking price.

Just some additional things for Sellers to consider. We are not in a “typical” market! Bank owned, short sales, mortgage restrictions, and even more will be out there to slow down, change the process, and create problems. Be sure to listen to your Realtor’s advice. After all – that’s what we do! We do this every day, so – NO MATTER THE ADVICE OF YOUR “FRIENDS”, hire a Realtor you trust, and then utilize his/her skills!

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