Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in Boca Raton! 3 Steps to Take!

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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in Boca Raton! Here are 3 Steps to Take!

Once you decide to sell your home you need to start thinking of it as a House... a product that you and your Realtor will market.   As in marketing any product,  you will need to show your Boca Raton Buyers the value of your will want them to see its architecture and to see the “live-ability” of it.

Many of today’s buyers want move-in ready homes.... one where they can move in now without immediately investing in paint, carpet and other expenses.   You can’t change your location but you can do something about your house.

So before you put that “For Sale” sign in your yard here are 3 things you can do:

Move-in ready home-room service home staging1.  CLEAN!  Now this is not one of those last minute “cleans” you do when friends are stopping by.  No.... this is the kind of clean you do when you find out your favorite aunt is coming for a visit.

You will want to clean under, around, on top of and everything in between.  

This will include windows, flower beds, your garage and patio.  Get rid of those pesky spider webs that pop up overnight on your light fixtures outside.

    If you don’t have the time or inclination to do this... hire someone!

2.  REPAIR!  You don’t want a buyer focusing on how much it’s going to take to fix the roof !

Now is the time to tackle all of your deferred maintenance projects.  

This includes worn or stained carpeting, the closet door that won’t shut correctly and especially in Boca Raton or anywhere else in Florida, repairing the holes in the screen we have over our pools.  

3. UPDATE OR REPLACE!  If the last time you painted, put up wallpaper or did anything to your home was when you bought it, unless that date was within the last 5 years, it’s time to step up to the plate.  Here are some home improvement projects that could make a difference.

Light fixtures- this is one of the least expensive updates you can do and one that has the potential for having a significant impact on its perceived value.

Paint- using an appealing neutral color to replace the taste specific colors can give your room an immediate update.  

Flooring-  worn, stained and outdated carpet is a big turn-off.  Most buyers want to move in as soon as they can after the closing.  Having to wait until new flooring is installed will only go into  the “minus” column of a Buyers list.

Kitchen- Let’s face it, the kitchen is one of the prime areas of focus for a Buyer and who wouldn’t want an updated or remodeled kitchen?! don’t have to take out a loan to totally remodel your home but doing some inexpensive updates is something you can do.

Paint or replace your cabinet doors.

Install new hardware.

New appliances.

Replace your faucets.

Lighting- add new pendant lights

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Getting your home ready to sell in Boca Raton doesn’t have to be expensive and any investment you make in cleaning, repairing or updating your home will help to make sure that Buyers will see its value.

For more information contact a professional Home Stager

and ask about our Staging Consultations.



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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

If people only realized how simple it is to get their house ready for sale've made that pretty clear.

Jun 22, 2012 10:46 PM #8
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Kathy, sounds simple but of course for most people not so easy-but you are clear as day!

Jun 22, 2012 11:07 PM #9
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great tips, no matter where you are trying to sell....The cleaning one is tops!  Even small inexpensive things such as replacing light bulbs is needed too

Jun 22, 2012 11:25 PM #10
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, such great advice!    Today's buyers either want that fix-up property for sweat equity of absolute turn-key!     Make it ready to move in the day it goes on the market!  

Jun 23, 2012 12:36 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good advice for home sellers in any community.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Jun 23, 2012 12:42 AM #12
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Kathy.  Nicely said -- short and to the point.  This would go into a pre-listing packet for maybe even go out after a phone chat with someone who is thinking about going on the market .. eventually.  It starts them moving in the right direction.

Jun 23, 2012 01:25 AM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I love the lime rubber glove...:) It actually makes me want to go clean my bathrooms. I may need to visit this blog post more often. :) Hope you're having a good Saturday Kathy.

Jun 23, 2012 01:51 AM #14
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Kathy:  Change the horrible maroon carpet and get the cat out of the photos.  Love it and love the encouragement to clean.  It is amazing the filth that I have walked through and the Sellers thought their homes were ready to sell.  Not so, bucko.  

Jun 23, 2012 02:52 AM #15
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro


This is really good advice for sellers... after you have lived in a home for a while you lose your objectivity of how it looks to potential buyers!  Spider webs on light fixtures -  a lot of people have NEVER cleaned!

Have a great day


Jun 23, 2012 02:55 AM #16
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

This is a great list of advice that anybody can use to get their house ready for the market Kathy.

Jun 23, 2012 04:25 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gabe- I think that if these 3 items wre "fixed" it would make life a lot easier for the llisting agents as well as the seller. 

Sally & David- absolutely.  It is always nice if they consult with a Home Stager, but these 3 items they can tackle on their own.  Although Stagers can assist with updates. 

Janis- I agree.  I've seen homes that while a little dated were so clean they made a much better first impression. 

Alexandra- thank you!  It really is simple but somehow still hard for some to grasp.

Bobbie- Getting it clean is the very best thing a homeowner can do.  I toured a community where all of the homes on the market shouted an "80's" look.  However they were all immaculate.  

Barbara- good that you recognize it!  Thank you for reblogging.

John (QMan)- thank you sir!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend in Albuquerque!

BARFF- no need for flowery words!  Sunflower seeds working?

Joanna- I think so many homeowners just can't see past their own things.

Kristin- yes, and especially if they have those curly new light bulbs.  I really don't like those. 

Joan- those buying the "fixer-uppers" are usually investors and they're not going to pay top dollar.

Roy- same to you.  I have got to visit the Kentlands!

Dianne- This goes a long way in making the most of every showing.  I think buyers might be more willing to look past certain things but the home needs to be in excellent shape. 

Debb- well .... hope you stop by!  Never know what you'll get!! LOL   I kind of like that glove... the color keeps you awake!

Valerie- the seller with the maroon carpet swore to her agent that she was not going to change the carpet.  I went over for a consult and then called her the next day to suggest she change the carpet.  Thank goodness she did.   This room was just to the right of the front door and was the first thing buyers saw. 

Rob- I think we all overlook a lot in our homes.  And those spider webs have to go.

Malcolm - thanks Malcolm.  I have the names of a few cleaning crews throughout the county that I recommend to sellers.  This helps because it can be overwhelming to some. 

Jun 23, 2012 06:26 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Following these three steps will increase the odds of matter what price range, size or location!

Jun 23, 2012 07:48 AM #19
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


This is good, clean advise! Nothing shows better than cleanliness, and if it smells good, it's even more appealing too!

This reminds me, all the pretty things don't matter, if the house isn't clean and ready!

Jun 23, 2012 10:38 AM #20
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

If only half the people I talk to did half the things I asked them to do, I would be happy. You have outlined some great tips here, Kathy.

Jun 23, 2012 11:16 AM #21
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Okay, everything you said is spot on but I must say I am loving those lime green rubber gloves! That is my favorite color and who knew rubber gloves came in that color! ;)

Jun 23, 2012 12:13 PM #22
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathy, these 3 steps are so important....sellers need to take heed if they want their house to sale quickly.

Jun 23, 2012 01:53 PM #23
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Kathy most people get everything except for the CLEAN.  For some strange reason they can't see the dust, dirt, and other matters for the dust, dirt, and other matters of cleaning process.

Jun 23, 2012 08:04 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- absolutely.  They're so basic and it doesn't matter the pricepoint or size.

Patricia- Clean and clean smelling!  And it's once less distraction for the buyers. 

Suzanne- you're right.  A Realtor told me that his Seller completed about 60% of my suggestions but it was good enough to get an offer!

Shar- I wish I knew where to find them.  I usually see them in yellow!

Rebecca- If these 3 were tackled it would make the job of the Realtor a lot easier. 

James- I think it's because they live with it every day.  They're used to it!

Jun 24, 2012 06:29 AM #25
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty Partners - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Kathy, this one is beyond exceptional advice. Clearn repair, update and call you to stage a new look for the home! Suggested!

Jun 24, 2012 11:39 AM #26
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Emily- Thank you!  I am always puzzled as to why a seller wouldn't do everything they could to make their home spotless. 

Jun 24, 2012 12:11 PM #27
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