Preparing Your Home to Sell – For Sale by Owner
There are many details to take care of before you show your home to prospective buyers, but here are 3 main things to keep in mind:
- Repair and replace
Repair and Replace
This is the time to fix all those little items that you have on your “to do” list. But keep in mind that you you only want to do minor and inexpensive “touch-ups” to your house. These include things like; changing out old outlet covers, new knobs on cabinets, a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, light fixtures, and maybe even resealing your granite counter tops. These might seem like small items but potential buyers are apt to see them as a sign that the home hasn’t been properly maintained/updated.
For repairs that are beyond your reach right now, consider getting an estimate or two on the cost of the repairs. Typically buyers estimate a much higher amount (and will want to subtract that from the agreed upon price) than repairs actually cost.
Decluttering is going to be a huge part of the showing process. When you declutter your home you are opening up the space so that the space seems bigger to the buyer. When the home is cluttered it appears smaller and most buyers are not able to see a home without all the “stuff”.
Decluttering can be tricky because you’re still living in your house and you need your stuff. Just think of this step as pruning anything that distracts buyers from seeing what they are getting with your house.
Staging is one of the most powerful ways to make buyers want to buy your home. Focus on the functionality of your home. Rearrange furniture, hang up art, add light, display flowers…these are great ways to stage your home on a budget. Do a walk through of your home and make any changes that you feel will help make your home more inviting, show well and sell.
Last but not least, remember to CLEAN!
And as always, if you get through my videos and decide you just don’t want to be bothered selling your home yourself, give me a call/text and ill be happy to help get your home sold. I hope you found this video helpful. Have a great day!
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