Sellers, Prep to sell in any market!

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Spring is in the air; that means changes are coming.  As a home seller what steps do you have in place to get your home sold.  90 days are the norm here in San Antonio right now to find the buyer that wants your home.  Are you taking the steps to make your home that buyers dream?

Let's start our checklist to make your home the one to choose when your selling.

A Good First Impression Can Help Sell Your Home!
Your major role as a seller will be to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. The time, effort, and limited financial investment involved can give you the competitive edge needed to sell your home when you want for the best possible price. Remember, first impressions are the most lasting and the most important to the sale of your home.

Use this checklist to make sure your home looks its best:
q Cut lawn and edge around walks and drive.
q Weed all flower beds.
q Trim shrubs and remove dead branches and limbs.
q Remove all debris from yard and store toys and lawn equipment out of sight.
q Make sure roof, gutters and downspouts are in good repair.
q Replace cracked windows and torn screens. Clean windows, screens, and sills.
q Polish doorknob. Make sure doorbell and front lights are working.
q Wipe smudges off walls and woodwork.
q Shampoo rugs and carpets, wash/clean all floors.
q Fix any leaking faucets or fixtures.
q Tighten loose banisters or steps.
q Replace burnt-out light bulbs.
q Organize closets and shelves.
q Repair/replace bathroom caulking if needed.
q Organize attic and garage.
q De-clutter!!!!!!!!
q Remove and dispose of any items you do not plan to take to your next home.
q Talk to us before painting walls and replacing flooring if cleaning doesn't do the trick!

  In a buyers market you have to make sure you do your part to make your home as attractive as possible.  A simple test, what you look for in a home is what your future home buyer is looking for.  Think as a buyer when preparing your home for sale and price it right... and you will sell.

  From your San Antonio Realtor!

 

Comments (6)

Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Frank

You are so right my friend, about the first impression. That first impression a buyer gets the minute, they pull up to a home is so really important. When folks have their home for sale. Then the impression a buyer gets whrn they walk in to the home. They don't want to see a lot of stuff stacked up in the rooms. They want to get a feel of the home as if their things are in the home. You sure have seller's some real fine tips there.

God Bless America

Apr 06, 2009 02:13 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Thanks Dale!

Apr 07, 2009 03:25 AM
Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

5 Star blog brother. You need to teach me how to write great blogs like this. Very well written my friend. Thanks for making a comment on my looking for a domain name for my outside Active Rain Blog. Great post.

Apr 07, 2009 07:18 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Hello Lanre, thanks for stopping by, but i read your blogs and you do a great job with me!  I hope things are well in the DC area, and thanks for stopping by.

Apr 08, 2009 01:50 PM
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Frank,

Your last point is crucial! All to often an seller calls me after they've painted with the wrong color.

It's just as easy to paint your home a warm sophisticated color as it is to paint a sterile, cold off white.  And it's much more effective.

Apr 16, 2009 04:37 PM
Frank Bailey Sr.
Keller Williams Realty - Schertz, TX

Hello Susan,

  You are right.  I try to tell them this early on to avoid any confusion.  Always keep the colors warm and neutral.  Thanks

Apr 21, 2009 07:07 AM