Why Wait Until You Sell Your House to Do These 5 Things?

Reblogger Jeanne Dufort
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Lake Country 284620

Updating your Madison, Georgia home, and taking care of the honey-do list, is a smart strategy before you offer your home for sale.

Buyers today are showing a distinct preference for well-maintained, updated homes - most of them are asking me for "move-in ready" homes.

Home selling for top dollar in Madison, Georgia  is a competitive enterprise - there are definitely sellers out there who ARE making the effort to get their properties in top shape. If you expect to get your home sold in the shortest time frame for the maximum money - take care of business!

Kitchens and baths, floors, and wallpaper removal are top on my list, along with deep cleaning inside and out. Landscaping should appear neat, and add fresh pinestraw to your beds while you're at it.

If you'd like a personal consult about how to make sure your Madison, Georgia property for sale can be presented in its best light - give me a call. I'll be happy to share my experience with you.

Original content by Kathy Streib

Why Wait Until You Sell Your House to Do These 5 Things?

Earlier this year, Room Service Home Staging was asked to consult on an ocean front home staging tipscondo.  My clients’ parents had passed away and the heirs were ready to sell the property.  The condo was in a desired location -right on the beach.The complex was also very much unlike other condos in the area, that is to say it it was only 3 stories as opposed to 20 or more stories tall.  They were all hopeful that this beachfront property would sell quickly and for top dollar!

Unfortunately, their parents had never updated the property but kept it just as it was.  Yes, it was clean however similar properties in the complex had been updated or remodeled.

The investment to bring it into the new millennium would have been prohibitive.  The decision was to clean it and list it as is.  

Why wait until you sell your house to these things?  Why not address them NOW?   

5 Things You Can Do NOW:

home staging tips- what to do1. Paint and remove wallpaper and mirrored walls

Choose buyer friendly colors (read… neutral) and get rid of that wallpaper that you fell in love with 20 years ago.  And, while the painters are there, ask them to remove the mirrored wall in your living room/dining room or whatever.

2.Update flooring

You’d be surprised at how important flooring can be.  But think about it. Buyers want move-in ready homes.  Having to replace the floors before you move in isn’t something buyers want to do.

3.Update the kitchen

What’s the first room most buyers look at when entering a house?  An updated kitchen can bring a smile to any buyer’s face.  Why wait until you decide to sell to finally get that granite countertop or new cabinets that you’ve always wanted?

4. Update the bathrooms

You may not be able to remodel to the point of knocking out a wall but why not bring it up to date with new light fixtures and countertops.  If you still have those awful shower doors that are on tracks, see about removing them.  Replace the sink and tub if they have served their time and are begging to be put to rest.

5.Address deferred maintenance issues

You know them, and every house has them.  If you had a previous water leak that has since been fixed, paint or fix the damage to the ceiling or wall.  You can’t or shouldn’t try to hide anything.  

Take a close look around your property and repair or replace the needed items that your buyer will definitely see when they view your property.



You’ve invested a lot in your home. Why not do these 5 things BEFORE you decide to sell your home.  


 Kathy Streib 

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Yes, better to get it ready before listing. These are things buyers will probably notice anyway, so best to get these chores out of the way...

Dec 03, 2014 09:58 PM #1
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)  - in my experience, not taking care of these things means you're home will not likely make the finalist list.

Dec 03, 2014 10:20 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeanne- just stoping by tho thank you for the reblog.

Dec 04, 2014 10:51 AM #3
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

Kathy Streib - its my pleasure indeed - you wrote terrific advice, and I wanted to spread the word!

Dec 05, 2014 09:13 AM #4
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