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Are You Ready to Sell Your Home?
Preparing to successfully sell your home means preparing your yourself – mentally – and preparing your home. First, you and your family must be ready and prepared to sell your home. After you’ve prepared yourself, it’s time shift focus and attend to the tasks of preparing your home for sale.
Prior to preparing your home, you must prepare yourself to be a home seller. This may sound simple but it’s not always easy to do. You are a homeowner, and likely very proud of your home. You likely have a great deal of fond memories that were made in your home, celebrating holidays and various special life events with friends and family. These things surely add to your home’s value, but you must remember that home buyers have their own point of view and most want to get a deal if possible. So, to successfully navigate the complete selling process, you’ll have to transition from being a proud homeowner to a rational home seller and be ready to manage the negotiation process and all that comes with the escrow.
Preparing Your Home
As soon as you’ve decided to sell and you’ve taken on the mindset of a rational home seller, you may need to do a few things to get your home market ready. It helps to start thinking like a buyer and to recognize what today’s buyers are looking for – and to take steps to enhance your home’s value before showings begin. Maybe you see your home as a castle? A cottage? Most important…how will the buyers see it?
Most people have seen home improvement or home selling shows on TV and it’s no secret what appeals to today’s buyers: terrific curb appeal, a light and bright home with good space and a layout with a clean, upgraded interior, and an enjoyable outdoor space. Does your home present itself in this way now? If so, great! If not, we can help. There may be some needed cleaning and sprucing up to your home, perhaps performing a few repairs, and in some cases, managing some upgrades, and possibly some yard work. We will walk your property inside and out, and put together a specific plan on precisely what to do to get your home ready for photos, video, and for buyers to begin seeing your home. We’ll take the guesswork out of the equation so you’ll know just what to do that will attract the buyers in your price range and rise above your competition. If needed, we can recommend cleaners, painters, landscapers, and contractors to help you execute your preparation plan.
This process will also involve packing and decluttering as necessary. Keep in mind, you are a home seller now and committed to selling. You’ll be encouraged to start packing the items you won’t need for the next few months and in the process your closets, cabinets, and garage areas will appear less cluttered and, as a result, larger. Additionally, you want to consider de-personalizing your home by removing family photos and personal things that may distract potential buyers and their agents from seeing your home as more of a neutral and appealing space. It can all seem overwhelming, but we’ll help you determine what should stay and what should go.