As a Realtor you want to get a listing but so many seller's homes are not ready for the market. Sellers don't realize that in order to get a home ready to sell it takes some preparation If they don't have the money to do all that is needed in a short period of time they have to start the preparation time early sometimes up to a year before they plan to sell. The things needed can be expensive and if left unrepaired the seller better be prepared for the buyer to use it as a bargaining tool.
Here are just a few things that a seller should think about:
1. Get a home inspection by a professional. This can give you insight into what might be a serious potential problem and can keep you from the closing table. In the event that something is found you can make the repair and avoid the issue later. Roofs and other high priced items can be planned for so that you can replace them or know that someone will use it to bring your asking price down.
2. De-Clutter and Clean: We all love our children and loved ones but those pictures are for our benefit not for the buyers so put away the 100's of pictures that line the walls, table tops, and bedroom dressers. Large kitchen appliances that clutter kitchen countertops, children's shoes that line the wall or shelves in their room, potatoe chips on top of the frig. Clean shower stalls and corners so that they are free and clear of mold and mildew and the hair in the corners of the rooms. If there is smoke or pet odors those scents hit the buyer sometimes before they walk through the door so you might want to smoke outside after you give your carpet, draperies, linen, etc a good cleaning. Deodorize, Deodorize to clear your home of odors.
3. Curb appeal does wonders! First impressions are lasting impressions they say. When buyers approach a home the first thing that they see is the outside of the house and how it compares to the other homes in the area. Make your home stand out and have a well groomed yard with trimmed shrubbery and trees, blooming flowers if it is spring and an clean and edged walkway area. If you have a pond or any type of water make sure that it is clean and blue coloring for ponds does wonders.
If you are planning on selling your home even if not immediately but the next 2-3 years don't wait consult with a Realtor so that you can be ready. If you need help and guidance contact me and I will work closely with you so that you can sit high above the rest when the time comes for you to sell your home.