Doretha Caldwell on Getting The House Ready for The Sale

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Ellis Property Investments



After months of contemplating, you have decided to put your house on the market for sale.  What is next?  Well, if you  house is in the most perfect condition, you may just have to clean up a little.  However,  if you are like most sellers, getting the house ready may require you to do some repairs after a careful inspection and lots of cleaning up.  One of the things that I often suggest to sellers is  to try to look at their property with the eyes of a potential buyer.  This  works very well because they are now trying to  look at things from the point of view of a  potential buyer. A totally different perspective.

After careful considerations of what will be repaired and the repairs have been completed, the next thing is cleaning up.  Both the outside and inside of the house should be carefully cleaned.  Clutter should be totally eliminated.  Remember, first impressions are lasting ones , so you want to give your very best.   Next, you want to gather all pertinent information that would be helpful to a new buyer.  Information and receipts from repairs, maintenance and upkeep of the home would all be very useful.  Other helpful Information would include utility bills such as the electric bill.  This is helpful for the potential buyer to see what these expenses average from month to month for your house.  After the repairs, cleanup, and information has been gathered, then the seller should complete a Disclosure Form.  This form will allow you, the seller to disclose any physical defects with the property that would potentially change the buyers opinion about the value of the property. The above are the basic and most important preliminaries in getting your house ready for the sale.  For additional information on getting your house ready for the sale contact Doretha Caldwell in Fayetteville, NC at or at 910-286-9396.

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Comments (4)

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
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Be sure that thorough cleaning includes windows AND sills, all the light fixtures & light bulbs, sink drains, oven and hood screen and fan.

Jul 14, 2010 07:42 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

My listing sessions include a heart-to-heart talk (as you've suggested) with my sellers, especially when there's indicators they seem unwilling to repair, clean or simply neutralize colors. I flat out ask them, "if you were buying this home based on its current condition, would you?" It often puts them in the right mindset. - good information Doretha!

Jul 14, 2010 08:07 PM
Doretha Caldwell
Ellis Property Investments - Fayetteville, NC

Absolutely Michelle.  These details are part of cleaning up and are very important when presenting your home to a potential buyer. Thanks for the comment.

Jul 14, 2010 09:40 PM
Doretha Caldwell
Ellis Property Investments - Fayetteville, NC

Yes, Mike that usually works.  Thanks for the comments.

Jul 14, 2010 09:43 PM