Preparing My Home for the Market

At least a couple of months before you plan to list your house, you will want to start getting your home ready to sell. One of the most difficult things for home sellers, once they’ve made the decision to sell, is to begin to see their home through “buyers’ eyes”.

Step One

Conquering Clutter

Buyers want and need to see themselves in your home before they consider making an offer.

Let’s face it, that’s going to be tough to do if your house is covered with your personal things. Now that you’ve made the decision to sell your home, it’s the perfect time to begin packing up things that you won’t be needed – such as family photos, knick-knacks and rarely used personal items – on a day-to-day basis. Download the Smart Living Guide to Getting Your Home Ready to Sell and you’ll be on your way to selling your home quickly and for the best price. Need a hand letting go? Contact us for help today. We’re pros at it!

Step Two

Refresh and Repair

It is a good idea to walk through your home with an eye out for signs of dirt, neglect, or needed repairs.

Even small things such as calcified faucets, loose doorknobs or aging grout can lead potential buyers to mentally deduct value from your asking price. Need some more motivation? The fact is that properly preparing your home for sale can get you an additional 10-15% per offer. Not sure you’re the DIY type? No worries. Download the Smart Living Team Directory of Handy People for a listing of the folks we most turn to whenever we need to make things as good as new.

Step Three

The Power of Pre-Inspection

For obvious reasons obtaining a professional home, inspection has been a well-established part of the home buying process.

Increasingly, however, home sellers are opting to have their homes inspected before they even go on the market. Getting a pre-inspection can offer huge advantages to sellers. Taking care of needed repairs upfront rather than during negotiations with a buyer can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. What’s more, making a pre-inspection report available to buyers can actually help it sell faster. Download 7 Ways a PRE-Inspection Can Save You Money for details!

Ready to complete your free market value assessment?