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Okay. So we are on Part 3 of How to sell my house fast. In this blog series, we have been going over the Four P's to ensure that your home sells quickly: Price, Promotion, Presentation, and Professional Handling. Today we are going to put the 3rd puzzle piece in place to get your home sold fast...Presentation.
I am sure everyone has heard the cliche "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." This is so true when you are trying to sell your home. Every time a buyer schedules an appointment to see your home, you must make sure that your home is clean, maintained, clutter free, and smelling good. Even though it seems petty, most buyer's really can't get over a dirty, stinky, or cluttered home even if these are easy fixes. Buyer's want to be able to picture themselves living in your home. If you want to sell your home for the most amount of money, in the shortest amount of time, presentation is everything. A little effort can pay off big!
Now, let me expand on cleanliness. If your home is dirty when a buyer sees it for the first time, you will leave the impression that it's not well maintained. Make sure your carpets are clean, wax/polish your floors, clean your closets, clean up cob webs, clean your windows, clean garages/attics/storage closets, clean your draperies, paint/clean dirty walls, polish and buff wood furniture, clean or resurface kitchen cabinets and make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are sparkling. If you have a pool, have that cleaned as well. It sounds like a lot, but if you do it now and maintain it, when your house sells you won't have much left to clean.
Make sure your home is maintained. If you haven't been maintaining it thus far, now is a good time to start. Here are some things you can do: clean out slow running drains, inspect your faucets, make sure your sink and bathtub stoppers hold water, check all interior/exterior wood surfaces for deterioration and re-paint if needed, check your roof for loose or missing shingles, check ceilings and attic for water leaks, replace your hvac filters, label the circuits on your electrical panels, keep lawn mowed, repair/re-paint fences, discard old/broken lawn furniture, clean out flower beds and add new flowers, prune and trim trees, sweep walkways. Every time a buyer finds something broken or poorly maintained, they lower their offer by much more than it would have cost for you to just fix it in the first place. Don't throw away thousands over something that can be fixed for $50.
Finally, keeping your home clutter free and smelling good also helps tremendously and it cost very little to do. Deoderize the entire house to remove unpleasant odors. Most of the deoderizing is accomplished in the cleaning phase. However you can go a step further by purchasing some Glade/Renuzit plug-ins and putting one in every room to maintain the freshness. For heavier odors like pet urine or smoke, you may have to consider a good carpet cleaning/replacement in addition to the other suggestions.
To keep your home clutter free, sell or store extra furniture. Your goal is to make the home look as open and spacious as possible. Too much furniture or clutter in one room can make it look cramped and lacking of storage. Also, sell or store knick knacks and figurines. I know that you love your beanie babies collection :-). However, not everyone does and the goal is to appeal to as many buyers as possible! Also, keep all counter space clutter free. In the bathrooms, buy a plastic container to put all your hair, face, and make up items in and store them in a concealed place. In the kitchen place all portable appliances in a concealed place as well, again storing away all knick knacks.
These are just some of the tips to help you sell your house fast using presentation. Your Realtor(R) can also help you with staging your home to sell. For more tips or questions click here.
Again stay tuned for the final piece to the puzzle to sell your house fast...Professional Handling.