Preparing Your Home for the Market

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker C&C Properties

Selling Your Home in Redding CaPreparing Your Home for the Market...Tips on making it more sellable!

Before you put your home on the market, take an impartial look at your house, inside and out. You may have only one chance to pique potential buyers' interest when they view your home, so don't let easily correctable flaws stand in the way.

We're in agreement with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) which suggests that sellers spend as little as possible on pre-sale repairs and improvements. While new tile might really spark up your kitchen, potential buyers probably won't increase their purchase offers enough to compensate your expenses.

Instead, focus on the small, relatively inexpensive touch-ups that will give your house a polished, well-maintained appearance.

  • A fresh coat of neutral paint in your bedrooms
  • New cabinet knobs in the kitchen and bathrooms are small changes that buyers will appreciate.
  • Thoroughly clean the insides of appliances and wash and deodorize carpets.
  • Clean out closets and cabinets; this gives your home a more spacious appearance.
  • Check for and repair cracks, leaks and other damage to walls, floors, paint and attic.
  • You also need to ensure that your home's exterior curb appeal is attractive to buyers.
  • Maintain the upkeep of your lawn, including mowing, watering and weeding.
  • Fertilize and seed your existing vegetation/foliage, but don't plant new shrubs or trees.
  • Examine doors, windows and the overall exterior for peeling paint.
  • Repair loose or damaged roof shingles, siding and caulking.

In a tough real estate market, these small efforts will pay off.

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Rainmaker
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Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com - Springfield, MO
TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

Chris and Maria, Its so important to do all the little things to get a home ready to sell. It sets it apart from most of the competition.

Jul 28, 2010 04:13 PM #1
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Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Chris and Maria, you forgot to mention staging? Even a staging consultation from a professional who knows what they are doing can make a world of difference on how the property shows to potential buyers.  There are a lot of home owners out there that don't have the skill to look at thier home objectively or the time to make the changes needed to really show that property (probably thier largest investment) to its best potential. 

Aug 01, 2010 04:21 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
Redding CA Real Estate Couple

Lisa,

I knew someone would point that out, and I almost thought about doing a whole new paragraph on that. We totally support home staging so yes...I'm glad you bring it up. Before any major price-drop, we recommend our clients consider staging but keeping their asking price, it HAS worked!

Aug 01, 2010 04:43 PM #3
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Chris and Maria,

Great tips on preparing your home for sale.  Glad to hear you recommend staging.  Staging your home will make a lasting first impression...because you never get a second chance to make a Great First Impression!  Thanks for the great post.

Aug 05, 2010 09:34 PM #4
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Chris & Maria...it would pay dividends to bring in a local stager before any listing goes on the market...as Lisa pointed out if only for a consultation to "make sure" all is in order and offer additional options.

Aug 09, 2010 01:56 PM #5
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