5 Tips On Getting Your House Ready To Sell

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Real Estate Agent with The Pamela Madore Group 573760
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Contributors to this article are:

Diane Hunt Cartwright

Guadalupe Acuna
Cord Rhea 
Kristi Skelton
Trish and Mike Longoria
Jennifer Rebekah Nykole Powell


5 Tips On Getting Your House Ready To Sell



Staging   


If you are looking at a house for sale and decide to look at a vacant house you will need to have great imagination, something I don't always have. Usually you will walk through the front door into the living room.  Is it big?  Or small? Where does the TV go?  Will a sofa fit on that wall? And so forth through the entire house.

 


Staging in the placement of the bigger items in the house so a potential buyer does not have to use their imagination to see what it will look like lived in. Hang a few pictures and place pretty towels in the bathrooms, along with a new shower curtain even.  When someone walks into your house you want them to say "wow" not "cow"!  There is no doubt that if you stage a house it will sell faster and for more money.


Cleaning   


My idea of cleaning might be to rinse the toothpaste out of the sink when I am done brushing my teeth.  Your idea may be just the opposite.  Even though I don't typically see where my buyers are currently living, they are far and few between that want a dirty house.  And if it is dirty, they want a discount.

One of the first things I look at is the bathtub. I figure if the bathtub is clean and mold free the rest of the house must be, too.  



The depth of your cleaning can be compared to have your judgmental in-laws coming for the week-end.  You might know what I mean.  Make sure it is clean behind your refrigerator, stove, and washer and drier.  Please no cobwebs and if you have ceiling fans make sure the blades are clean.  I think it is better to smell like cleaning supplies than Scentsy.  (No offense to my many Scentsy friends).


Let me also throw in here, smell.  Pet smells, cooking smells, cigarette smoke, or moth balls are a big turn-off.  Especially cigarette smoke.  If you smoke, please have a professional company come and clean your duct system and clean all of your carpets.

De-clutter also known as pre-pack.
 


Go through your house and get rid of anything you don't use.  If you are a hoarder this may be a little more difficult so you might just want to rely of getting rid of everything by packing it.  If you have all 52 sets of salt and pepper shakers from all 52 States, please make them go away.  Your buyer doesn't care and if they do care they will spend time looking at Wisconsin or West Virginia instead of looking at your house.


In this area, less is more.  If you have more than 100 family photos on the walls and end tables and night stands and bathroom doors, please reduce that number to 1 or 2.  Remember we want them looking at your house not at your baby's first tooth or your grandmother sitting in a rocking chair in a black and while photo.  Oh, and don't forget to fill the nail holes.  Probably will require paint, too

  REPLACE BURNED OUT LIGHT BULBS.  Seriously?

Curb Appeal 

 This is huge.  I remember one time in particular I went to look at a house to list.  When I drove up I am thinking --cash offer of $20K. (I flip and rehab, too).  When I went inside the house was out of this world.  It had been completely remodeled with the good stuff.  I was stunned.  I asked her about the outside and she calmly said that if it looked bad on the outside no one would want to break in.  Point taken.

In Amarillo it can be a challenge to keep your yard looking nice because we have no rain.  If you have sprinklers then it is much easier to keep the grass looking nice.  

Whenever I visit where I grew up, I like to visit Steven King's house.  It was black but rumor has it that his wife made him paint it.  He still has the wrought iron black fence.  

If you have any gargoyles on your lawn, please remove them.  Any religious item that might confuse someone as to whether they are welcome to come in had better stay away.  While they are waiting while I am fidgeting trying to get the key out they are looking at your front door and everything around and above it.  Please no birds nests.  Be sure the door and frame is clean.  Maybe a professional paint job on the door.



This has happened to me more than once and I am sure to other Realtors, too.  We drive up to a house and the buyers won't even get out of the car to go into the house.  Curb appeal is huge.

Updating  

 This subject is a very tough one. There are some things that you can do that are inexpensive like paint, missing caulking around windows or doors, spray paint ceiling vents if rusted or just old looking.  They don't cost much to replace either. If your toilets are old and have that Amarillo water ring in them you can pumice them off or get a new toilet.  A new lid is cheap, too.  

We can think of tons of little things to do (go ahead and do them).  The big question becomes how much updating do you do?  Will you get your money back?  And do you have the money to do it with?


As long as you don't have some weird layout, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.  I would suggest that you get an estimate on what updating would cost (sometimes it is really no more than new counter-tops) and then find a Realtor (hand raised) and let me see if I can help you decide if it is worth the money to do it.  

This is a National Chart and averages but as you can see you return on investment isn't really there. You could do some wise things, though, without a complete remodel.   Talk to a professional.



Well I think that is it.  Hopefully I didn't miss any suggestions of my contributors and I thank them very much for their help in putting this together!


Diane Hunt Cartwright

Guadalupe Acuna
Cord Rhea 
Kristi Skelton
Trish and Mike Longoria
Jennifer Rebekah Nykole Powell

Pamela Madore

Keller Williams Realty

3955 S Soncy Amarillo TX 79199

http://www.iloveamarillo.com/

806-290-1920  

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Pamela, it's important that sellers know and understand that they must get their home in the best condition they can if they want it to sell in the quickest time, and for the most money. These are all great tips.

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