How to Sell Your House in Any Market (Part II)

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Open Door Auctions

Home Staging 

Okay folks, last time we underscored the need to dissociate, de-clutter, and de-personalize your house before trying to sell it. These three issues can be the difference between a sale and a long sit on the market, but today we've got even more tips for selling your house, no matter how bad you think the market is.

Organize closets and cabinets: You're not going to watch a potential buyer every moment they're in your house, right? Need to give them room to breathe and snoop. You can bet they're going to peek into the bedroom closets and kitchen cabinets. When they do, make sure that an avalanche of stuff collected from every other room in the house and hidden away doesn't come crashing down on top of them the moment they open the door. Kitchen specifics - alphabetize spice jars, neatly stack dishes, and turn all the coffee cup handles out. In the bedroom closet, line up shoes and hang shirts together facing the same way.

This is what they make self storage units for: There's a good chance you have too much junk in your house to even come close to having a place to stash it where a roving buyer won't notice. That's where self storage units come in. Buckle down and put everything, that means everything, in your new unit that would distract a browser. A decent sized unit can be had for a small cost with no long term contract.

Units Storage

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Remove the keepers: If there are items in the house you don't want to part with, take them out before the first potential buyer ever walks through the front door, because once you tell them they can't have something, they'll obsess on it until they drive you crazy and the deal goes bust. If the billiards table in the basement was a gift from your long dead poolshark grandmother, and there's no way you're leaving without it, move it out and put it in storage! If you can't bear to part with the stainless steel refrigerator that dispenses ice, water, and Mountain Dew, get it out of there and put another one in its place.

Before putting your house on the market is the time to make those minor repairs you've been talking about for years. Fix leaky faucets, replace cracked tiles, repair wall holes, tend to squeaky or sticking doors and drawers, and invest in neutral colored paint.

We're not done yet! One part to go. Stay tuned.

Open Door Auctions Team

The Open Door Auctions Team

Comments (3)

Sherri Berry
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

Thanks for the tips Nicole.  I always tell my clients we are selling space and that means you have to declutter and organize!

Jul 01, 2011 04:42 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

More good advice!    Very nice posts!

Jul 01, 2011 05:17 AM
Nicole Thome
Open Door Auctions - Irvine, CA

Thank you! Stay tuned for Part III!  :)

Jul 01, 2011 05:31 AM