We are still in the “GETTING THE HOUSE READY TO PUT ON THE MARKET” phase of this whole ordeal. And we will not even know if we are going to sell until we see, after the work, what the appraisal is. Like I have said before…We will ONLY sell if it makes our life better…we will not make a lateral move to simply downsize.
….here are 10 very IMPORTANT THINGS to remember when
you are GETTING READY TO SELL your house.
10. MAKE LISTS…AND LISTS AND LISTS – We all know it helps to keep things organized but when you are getting your house ready to put on the market you are juggling many balls…in ADDITION to JUGGLING YOUR already busy life…making LISTS sounds obvious…
but it does HELP, with communication and with the timing of repairs etc.,,it is like when you are building a house…the electrical guy has to come before the dry wall guy…etc.
9. PURGE – Clean out your closets. YOU know you have tons of storage space but the potential buyers won’t if every closet is full to bursting. I bought a ton of bins and cleaned out my closet and packed away half of my clothes…and plan to do the same with the kids rooms…We are going to rent a storage unit to house all of our excess…and that includes furniture…extra dressers, lamps etc..need to clear it all out.
8. LIGHTING – For one year I had a bare bulb lighting my bedroom. I just and not found THE chandelier. Then in one day I ran over to Lowes, took 10 minutes, chose the best one I could find, for $150 and had it installed and it looks amazing! I did the same in the boy’s room which had a great Orange light that kept the room sooooo dark. LIGHT up your house…dark, dreary rooms are depressing. Buyers want happy and bright!
7. CLEAR OUT THE PETS – OR AT LEAST THE PET “STUFF” – People love their pets, but may not be fond of yours…and they do not need to be tripping over the dogs water dish. You may have made peace with the fact that the only place YOUR dogs cannot get to the cats food is on your kitchen windowsill…but a buyer may be grossed out.
6. BE READY TO SHOW AT ANY TIME – I moved every 3 years growing up. It seemed we were always selling a house, and it became commonplace to have my bedroom “show ready” at any time. I have LOVED NOT living that way…but any time you leave the house …THEY could come by…and you do not want underwear hanging from the chandelier …
5. CHOOSE YOUR BROKER WISELY…I get VERY attached to people and feel a fierce loyalty…and responsibility to “Make it work”…YOU NAME IT…..hairdressers, lawn boys, house keepers, grocery stores…and realtors. But you have to follow your gut. I met with one broker, a favorite and for one hour…she kept talking about HER house. My gut said “NO!” but I was feeling like I had to make it work…then a very good friend said…”If she made YOU feel that way…would you want her to make a buyer feel that way? Your goal is to sell…not to get invited to a wedding….” This is not personal and this is not emotional…it is just business and you are going to be in the business of selling your house.
4. FIX THE RIGHT STUFF BUT DONT “OVER” FIX – This is a tough one…and if I hear the phrase “they will get you on the Home Inspection” one more time…. I will scream. But there ARE things worth fixing and things NOT worth fixing. We resolved that for the most part the interior of our home is good – we have a relatively New Kitchen, 3 new bathrooms, fresh paint and the floors are in decent shape. But in 135 years the exterior of our house has been untouched. Never , not even one time has our house been painted. The stucco is old gray stucco. And there are cracks and things are crumbling…so THAT was where we decided to put our money…CURB appeal…(see #1). Wait until you see the exterior when we get finished!!!! It is going to be amazing!
3. THE KITCHEN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ROOM – We were having a new dishwasher installed today…and the plumber came to me and said “Mam…I am not sure if we are going to be able to screw into these Marble counter tops!!!” Hah!!!! I was so excited…The plumber was right there touching them and he could not tell they were Formica…Mission accomplished. My kitchen looks special and we did not break the bank getting there. If your kitchen is old and dated…there are ways to make it LOOK better…I would suggest maybe painting your cabinets white…throwing down cute contemporary throw rugs…clear out al the crap we all keep on our countertops and put maybe a nice plant and maybe a bowl of fresh fruit. Keep it simple. I am always SHOCKED at how nasty people leave their houses in general to sell…but especially the kitchen….dishes in the sink…I mean even if it is a given that the buyer will GUT your kitchen you want them to think nice clean people lived in your house!
2. FAMILY PHOTOS – I have heard that you should remove all of your family photos….and I think this is true to a degree. Surfaces cluttered with anything, including photos should be cleaned off. But in my humble opinion, if you have a tasteful, good-looking gallery wall…that enhances the look of a staircase of hall way…that is okay.
1. MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
…..the second the potential buyer pulls up to your house…they are deciding if they can see themselves there…bikes laying in the yard, dead plants, dirty porch rugs…do not help with that. And practice opening your front door…see what THEY see…should you get all the kids back packs out of the way???…OR MAYBE Put out fresh flowers or some pumpkins…make it feel like THEIR home…clean, simple and fresh…help them FALL IN LOVE…
YOU WANT THEM TO OBSESS OVER YOUR HOUSE…..
MAKE THEM CRAZY IN LOVE…AND CLOSE THE DEAL!!!