This is a good list for potential Silicon Valley home sellers in Cupertino, Palo Alto, Saratoga and San Jose, Calif. to read, review and do before putting their home on the market here at "5 Things a Seller Should do Before Selling a Home".
What is useful about this particular list is these are primarily no-cost (or low-cost) items: de-cluttering, cleaning, locating warranties and receipts, weeding and cleaning up the yard, and obtaining estimates for big-ticket items.
I always recommend potential Silicon Valley home sellers in Cupertino, Palo Alto, Saratoga and San Jose, Calif.to obtain pre-sale inspections to avoid last-minute buyer bargaining.
While it's cheaper to pay for these at time of service, many companies will bill them to escrow for a fee. When you or someone you care about is thinking of selling a Silicon Valley home in Cupertino, Palo Alto, Saratoga and San Jose, Calif., be sure to bookmark or print out this list of "5 Things a Seller Should do Before Selling a Home".
#1 Organize and clean. De-clutter! Items like rarely used kitchen appliances, out-of-season clothes, half the toys, and dusty exercise equipment need to GO. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in storage areas. Clean windows, floors, fixtures, walls and baseboards to make the interior sparkle! Details, friends, it's in the details.
#2 Flower up curb appeal. Do thelawnand bushes look neatly manicured? Could it use more? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks? Does it smell like blooms or manure as you approach the front door? Are the windows clean? Is the paint peeling? Is the grass healthy? Weeds are green, too, you know, so by healthy I not only mean green, but I also mean no weeds. Does your front door have a fresh coat of stain or paint? Curb appeal can be a chore or a fun family event. Either way, it has to happen before the sign goes in the yard! And, by the way, continue it past me and my camera showing up day one, please!
#3 Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out or will need to be replaced soon, such as your roof, old foggy windows or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don't plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and will be handy when negotiations begin. Don't play poker. They will see your foggy window and raise you ten, err, call your bluff.
#4 Find warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. Keep a box going for those items so you don't forget and pack them. They won't help you at your new house!
#5 Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive. An inspector will give you a good indication of what will stand out to potential buyers. Plus, it is highly likely the buyer will hire one themselves and why not eliminate everything he would otherwise report? You'll be able to make repairs before buyers start charging you 10 times the price in the low offers they would bring unmaintained or before their inspector gets there and the repair requests start flying in like rockets. The best way to avoid insulting low offers or nagging repair requests is look like a million bucks to begin with -- get things done before-hand. Procastination is for houses that never sell...
Don't let moving be such a fun-sucker. Enjoy it! None of the recommendations above are bank busters or back breakers. You might actually like living like you have one foot out the door! Don't forget to call me! Once all of the above is done, of course ;)