Fixing To Sell
Many homeowners wait until they are ready to put their home on the market before painting, planting flowers, and making other improvements to their homes. After completing these improvements, they may wish that they had done all of this work on their homes sooner in order to enjoy the improvements.
Whether you have recently purchased a home or have been settled into your home for several years, you should consider going through your house as if you planned to sell it soon. Maximize your "curb appeal" now, so that you will reap the benefits every time you pull into your driveway. Plant those flowers and bulbs so you will have your fresh flowers on your own dining room table. Add new window treatments now. If your house needs a new kitchen, go ahead with the renovation to create a beautiful and functional kitchen. You will not only enhance your whole neighborhood, but you will enjoy the benefits and joys of living in a beautiful home.
Clean Kitchen Importance
There is no doubt about it -- the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home for many potential buyers. Serious sellers will take a close look at how they can make their kitchen a real selling point when it is time to sell.
The kitchen does not need to be state-of-the-art to be more saleable and attractive. The first step toward changing your kitchen's appeal is a deep cleaning. This includes the walls, cabinetry (inside and out), flooring, and appliances. Keep the counter-tops as clear as possible of small appliances and trinkets. Consider low-cost fix ups which can make a big difference, such as a coat of paint, fresh wallpaper (or removal), or new floor coverings. Be sure to keep the kitchen shining when the house is being shown to buyers and other agents. Make sure to keep the inside of the refridgerator clean as well! You'll be rewarded for your efforts in the end!
What is "H.O."? You can probably guess -- it means "home odors".
Be careful of odors in your home. If your family room smells stale or your cat or dog has left a distinctive odor in the hallway, the important thing is to remove the root cause of the odor rather than to merely treat the symptoms. Smells have a powerful effect on the way people react to a house, and no amount of room freshener or vanilla on the light bulbs can mask a serious odor problem. In fact, such remedies may draw attention to the problem. We have seen homes with an odor problem languish unsold on the market for months or sell for thousands of dollars less than comparable homes in the neighborhood.
When you decide to sell your home, your next decision is key to the sale--"How much should I ask?" If you ask too little for your home, you could lose money that you could have gotten. Asking too much for your home could cause it to sit on the market for a long time.
Help Your Realtor
Once your home in town is listed for sale, it may be difficult for you to step aside and let your agent take over. When prospective buyers arrive, you may want to stand by to point out the closet extenders, the hidden spice cabinet behind the kitchen door, the energy-saving storm windows or the updated copper plumbing. If you really want to help, however, you will leave the house whenever it is being shown!
We have found that the sales process does not really begin until buyers have begun to voice their objections about a property. Sometimes these concerns are serious enough to remove your house from consideration. Often, however, people voice objections as a defense mechanism because they really love the house and they want to buy it. We are trained to know the difference. If a seller is standing at the agent's elbow, the buyer won't be comfortable enough to let this process take place, and we could lose the sale. The best way to help is to give us the room to do our job.