by Helen Sage
on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 11:00am.
The thought of selling your home can be overwhelming and stressful. Last week we went through the process of selling your home once you list it but where do you start before that? The list of future to do’s runs through your head. The Campbell Sage Team is happy to help! If you are thinking of selling we will gladly meet you at your home and go through those to do’s and give you our suggestions on what should be done, what would be nice to have completed, and what is not necessary in order to get you top dollar and fast! We will provide staging ideas and our opinions on what not only potential buyers will look for but also what an appraiser or inspector may call out.
Whether there are things you planned to get to one day or things you've learned to overlook, our goal is to help potential buyers feel welcome and envision themselves living there – not see the work that needs to be done! Below are a few things to help you break down your list and make a plan.
Pick a date you would like to list your house, keeping in mind homes can take a few weeks to months to sell. 2018 is already looking to be a seller’s market so staged and priced correctly, it may not take long at all! That date is your goal to complete the items below
Is there a door knob that is loose? A closet that won’t close all of the way? Potential buyers will go through and notice these little things you have may become accustomed to. They may not notice that those things have been fixed but they will notice if you have not fixed the leaky faucet or secured a crooked cabinet door and may wonder what bigger issues the home may have. Make a list of quick fixes you can complete and take a day to make those repairs.
Upgrades are different than repairs. Were you planning on remodeling your kitchen or updating a bathroom? These are things we would love to advise on prior to you having the work done! While those two rooms especially help sell a home, not everyone will have the same taste as you and sometimes, depending on the homes selling in your area, it may not help get you any additional money for your home.
A fresh coat of paint can help spruce up any room! Again, not everyone will have the same taste as you so if you are planning on painting, keep the colors light and neutral. Touching up scuff marks, or chipping paint can also help!
You don’t need a green thumb to create a nice curb appeal. Power washing the deck or siding, painting the front door, removing any clutter or toys, and cleaning up the flower beds goes a long way. The new homeowner may love spending time outdoors, you want them to see the potential, not the work they’ll have to do!
Declutter and Depersonalize
You’ve spent time picking out your favorite family portraits. Baby pictures, wedding pictures, a night out with friends adorn your walls, souvenirs or trinkets line shelves. This makes it home – to you. We want potential buyers to see themselves there and by removing personal items helps them do that. It may be a little uncomfortable but while viewing your home, buyers will typically open drawers, cabinets and closets. Having these cleaned out and organized helps not only show your home better but in the long run will save you a step when you are packing! Don’t forget the garage. While it’s a great place for storage you want to showcase how it can be used for storage of not only boxes and yard equipment but a car. If the kids have left the nest and you are looking to downsize, now may also be the time to call on them to not only help but maybe grab that box of old t-shirts or high school memorabilia that you’ve been storing for them!
Back to potential buyers being able to envision themselves making it their home. We want each space to be open and welcoming but also have a sense of purpose. If you have large oversized furniture, taking a piece or two out will help make the room feel bigger. Arranging furniture to more conversational settings also helps. Add some lamps or mirrors to lighten up darker spaces. Clean! It may be worth hiring a professional cleaning company or renting a carpet cleaner to help with a deep clean. Scrubbing the tub and kitchen appliances should be on the list but don’t overlook smaller things such as light switch plates, door knobs, refrigerator handles and ceiling fans.
Once your home is listed, it is important to keep up on the chores. If you are leaving the house for an extended period of time, having it in showing condition is important in case a request for a showing comes in. To help a home show it’s best we always suggest leaving lights on and blinds open. Keep counters clean and free of clutter. Vacuuming, wiping down tables and sinks, keeping up with the laundry and trash, and making the beds in the morning help stay on top of these tasks. Having a laundry basket handy is also a great trick to pick up any odds or ends you are using to put in your car if you need to leave the house for a last-minute showing.
Making the decision to move is a big one! Having a plan is an important first step. We would love to help walk you through this process with a obligation free consultation!