Preparing The Interior Of Your Home To Sell

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Real Estate Agent with The Rockel Group 244520

Preparing The Interior Of Your Home To Sell

 

Making sure you prepare the interior of your home to sell, is just as important as preparing the exterior of your home. While showing homes the last few days, I noticed some sellers were not serious about selling their home. Fayetteville, NC is in a STRONG buyer’s market right now. We have over 4200 active residential properties on the current local market right now. So, as a seller, your home needs to be show ready EVERYDAY and ALL the time, from the moment you decide you're ready to sell. Hiring an agent that works full time to give you tips and advice on preparing the interior of your home to sell is key. Taking their advice will help your home stand out and possibly sell faster, that’s what you want, right?  


Preparing The Interior Of Your Home To Sell

As a seller, there are some factors that are out of your control when trying to sell your home, like the size of your home, school districts, location, subdivision amenities, floor plan, lot size and interest rate, to name a few. However, you do have control over some key factors when it comes to preparing your home to sell, like price, condition and marketing. Of course the marketing will go hand in hand with the agent you hire, so choose wisely. Make sure that you get someone who will properly market your home and not just put a lock box on your door, a sign in the yard and your home on the MLS.

 

Eight tips on preparing the interior of your home to sell:

 

  1. Declutter your home. Go through your entire house, room by room. This is a perfect time for you to start packing. Remove all nicknacks and depersonalize your home, this includes all the lovely family pictures. Let people visualize their family in the home. Remove items off the counters in the kitchen, bathroom and items on the exterior of the refrigerator. You need to create an illusion of a more spacious and fresh home. Pack up shoes and clothes in the closet that you are not wearing from the most recent season.

  2. Paint your home. Adding a fresh coat of paint will really help the look of the inside. Get rid of any dark, bright, bold and dingy paint. Also, great time to patch up any holes and cracks in your walls. It’s best to go neutral throughout your home. I always recommend the color Wicker, by Valspar. It’s simple, fresh and a simple palette for buyer’s to move in and not worrying about their things not matching. This is a great time to paint the doors and trim in your home a glossy white paint. Paint is cosmetic, but buyer’s want a move in ready home and WILL remember your home if it has hideous paint and wallpaper. Wall paper can be removed or concealed easily if done right. Some seller think that telling the buyer’s that they will paint and or take care of the wallpaper, if they buyer brings an offer. That is not what the buyer wants.You only get one maybe two chances to make a great first impressions and buyer’s will move onto another home that is move in ready. The money that you thought you were saving by not painting the interior of your home will be lost in the extra mortgage payments, while your home sits on the market and you have to do price drops the longer it stays on.

  3. Clean your home. This is extremely important! If your home is dirty the buyer’s will notice that and they will think you neglected your home. This is a great time to hire a professional to clean your home. Dusting, shampooing your carpet, through cleaning of your appliances and deodorizing should be done. Don’t let your home be the stinky or dirty home.

  4. Replace your flooring. If you know your carpets are old, worn and have stains, then you need to be replaced. Same goes for your vinyl floors or if you have cracks in your ceramic tile. If you have hardwood floors and your pets have scratched them up, time to think about sanding them and get them polished back up.

  5. Hire a stager. The stager will help draw attention to key areas of the home. They can also give you tips on dressing up certain areas of your home. Sometimes adding knobs on your kitchen cabinets can really dress up the kitchen. Or changing out a few outdated light fixtures and fan can do wonders. I bring in a stager, if I see a home that is in need of an expert, at my own cost and a benefit on hiring me as your agent.

  6. Fix broken, cracked and leaking items in your home. Check the plumbing and replace the shower faucet or toilet valves if they're running or leaking. Replace broken window panes or sashes. Replace broken blinds or doors or blown light bulbs. Buyer’s are going to try to find reasons to rule your home out or a reasons to give you a lowball offer, don’t give them any.

  7. Make sure your home is show ready. When you leave in the morning, make sure all beds are made and the home looks clean and ready for someone to see it at any moment. Don’t leave dirty laundry out, dishes in the sink or things in the toilet. Not a great impression. I know we all have families and still live in our home, but the goal is to sell your home, so a little teamwork everyday won’t hurt.

  8. Don’t decline showing appointments. There are time when a family emergency or sickness comes up and we get that, those are exceptions. However, most buyers are limited on the days and times they will be in town to purchase a home. With the large amount of inventory on our current market, you won’t typically get a second chance. Therefore, please think very hard about declining a showing.

 

If your home is on the market and after the first 14-30 day you have no showings, then you have a price problem...your overpriced and/or your home is not in a saleable condition. When a buyer steps into your home, they will know within the first few moments if this is the house for them. We have the ability to help them feel like this is the right home for them.


If you are thinking about selling your home and want an agent that will guide you in the right direct call 910-583-3817, text, email or visit my website.

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Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
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Those are all 8 good suggestions for sellers.

Mar 28, 2013 02:05 PM #1
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We are the opposite.  We are in a strong sellers market and our sellers know that theres will sell no matter what so they are getting lazy when it comes to staging, cleaning, or upkeep

Mar 28, 2013 02:11 PM #2
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Erin Bates
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love your clever use of links! Great blog and very useful information

Mar 28, 2013 02:24 PM #3
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Hi Katrina,

Very useful information for a seller..great advice to being prepared on the market.

Mar 28, 2013 02:46 PM #4
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Great tips, Katrina.  These tips can have a large impact, and most cost very little.  The key is to show your home at its best.

Mar 28, 2013 08:44 PM #5
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Excellent tips for any buyer that is getting ready to put their home on the market.

Mar 28, 2013 09:24 PM #6
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Tanya Ramos
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Great tips Katrina~ I have been in some houses that are a mess, when I say mess, I mean you cannot see the countertops or floors! Not to mention repairs needed. I tell them what they have to do to sell the home at the best price possible, and they look at me like Im crazy! There is not a demand here for overpriced, nasty houses that need repairs.

Mar 28, 2013 10:35 PM #7
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This would make a great check list for anyone getting ready to put their home on the market.

Mar 29, 2013 03:48 AM #8
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Hi Katrina, If all sellers followed this list they would sell the first week. A motivated seller will listen to his agent and will work hard to get the property in show ready condition.

Mar 29, 2013 09:41 AM #9
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Great post!  I may print out and add to my listing packet!  :)

Mar 29, 2013 11:26 AM #10
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Katrina Rockel
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Thanks Michelle

Kevin, that's great about the seller's market, but sad that they are getting lazy

Thanks Erin, I try to add links in every blog :)

Dorie, Hope the seller's understand the importance of these items

 

 

 

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