Recently, a Zillow user in the Lees Summit MO area asked what steps are needed to get a home ready to sell.
I need advice from a seller agent about getting my house ready to sell.
Team Gipple Response:
In today's real estate market we have two choices- appeal to buyers who are out for a "deal" (competing with distressed sales, such as short sales and foreclosures) or appeal to buyers who want a reasonably priced move-in ready home that has been well maintained. Buyers looking for a deal will be motivated by nothing other than the price of the house. Buyers that are in the market for a move-in ready home have very high expectations and usually several homes to choose from, so it's critical you partner with your agent to get the home in top condition and focus your marketing efforts on establishing value and demonstrating that you took a great pride of ownership in the home.
Assuming your home will not be a distressed sale, some of items you can focus on that will get the biggest "bang for your buck" will be to:
* Make sure the home is free of wall-paper or taste specific paint colors- neutral is always best.
* Declutter and depersonalize- make sure there aren't family pictures everywhere which makes a buyer feel like they are a guest in your home instead of picturing their own family living there.
* Have your carpets professionally cleaned, and stretched if needed.
* Focus on your "curb appeal"- weeding flower beds, spreading fresh mulch, and setting out some brightly colored flowers in a pot on the porch will not only increase the perceived value of a home but will likely result in more showings.
You don't have to figure it out on your own. There is no cost or obligation to have a Realtor come out to the home to give you an honest evaluation, our real estate team visits several homes per week and provides this service.