We want to sell our house…now what?

| Friday, June 25th, 2010 | No Comments »

The most frequent question I get from people who want to sell their home is “What do I need to do to get it ready to sell?” That’s a loaded question because depending on your house, the list might be very short or very long.

The easiest thing for me to do is head over to your house for an initial inspection. If your home is relatively updated (no shag carpeting or orange Formica countertops) you are in good shape. Stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are obviously a huge advantage but not always necessary. Other things I might inquire about are the ages of your roof, hot water tank and furnace. The last thing a new buyer wants to do is replace those non-glamorous items, especially after they’ve spent a good chunk of money to buy your home. Do a little touch up paint here and there and think about having your carpets cleaned, especially if you own a pet. And last but certainly not least, the most important part of getting your home ready is to DECLUTTER (or “edit” as a client of mine likes to say!)

That’s right…pack it up and MOVE. IT. OUT. All the kids toys, unopened piles of junk mail, last year’s Christmas cards and the piles of laundry you’ve been meaning to put away but left on the couch instead all need to find new homes. Go through your house and simplify as much as you can. Take down pictures, knick knacks, take out oversized furniture and whatever else you can do to make your house look neat, tidy and spacious.

If you are not lucky enough to know someone with a big basement where you can store it, I suggest renting a storage space. The price you will pay to rent storage will be well worth it. Your home will look more appealing to a potential buyer and allow them to picture their own belongings in your house. And of course your home will look much better in the photos I will hire someone to take in order to draw in those potential buyers.

Now I realize not everyone is as organized as I am as you will see from the pictures of my “junk” drawers below so if you need a little help, I’m happy to lend a hand!

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