How to Get Your Southern Maryland Home Ready for Sale
People sell their Southern Maryland homes for a variety of reasons. Some homeowners need to downsize after their children have left the nest. Others find that a growing family means they need more space. Still others are faced with a job change that requires them to move. The reasons to sell a Southern Maryland home are as varied as the people who are selling them. Whatever your reason is, find out how to get your Southern Maryland home ready for sale.
Price is King
The very first thing you will need to do when getting your Southern Maryland home ready for sale is to not make it personal. Buyers won't care that your little girl took her first steps in the living room or that you helped your son practice his throwing arm in the backyard. Likewise, they don't care that you owe "X" amount of dollars or have sunk "Y" into renovations and want to get a certain amount of money out of it to recoup your costs. If the Southern Maryland real estate market doesn't coincide with the number you have in your head, chances are likely that you will not be getting the amount of money you want for your property. Talk to your Southern Maryland real estate agent to find out what other homes in your neighborhood have sold for lately so that you can price your property appropriately. Otherwise, you may find that you are still trying to sell your home after it has been sitting on the market for months.
Cut Out the Clutter
It is easy to overlook clutter that we accumulate in our everyday lives, especially if we've lived in our home for a long period of time. Get started on packing for your eventual move by getting rid of all the clutter around your Southern Maryland home. If you can't afford a storage unit to keep these boxes, then stack them neatly in the basement, attic or garage. Keep all papers (mail, newspapers, fliers, etc) off the counter tops to maintain a clean surface.
Home Staging is a Must
Studies show that Southern Maryland homes that are staged sell much quicker and for more money than those that are not staged. You may want to consider hiring a professional staging company. They know how to utilize furniture, artwork, etc that you currently own to showcase each room in its best light. However, if a professional is not in the budget, you can always talk to your real estate agent about ideas for home staging.
You Only Have One Chance to Make a First Impression
Don't forget to clean up the exterior of your Southern Maryland home. Most buyers start their search online and even the smallest dirt patch can show up in photos. So, make sure to give the interior of your home a thorough cleaning from top to bottom before any pictures are taken for posting online.
These tips should help you get your Southern Maryland home ready for sale. When you are ready to place your home on the market, contact me. I'll be happy to get you started.
Originally posted on my Southern Maryland real estate blog here: http://bonnieaugostino.info/how-to-get-your-southern-maryland-home-ready-for-sale/.