Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Contrary to what some people may think or even say, there is more to selling a home than putting a sign in the front yard while you sort through multiple offers. The truth is, you need to have a trusted consultant, a Realtor that knows the area, the market and most important, what your goals are. There are a lot of preparations to ensure you receive the best offer possible in the shortest amount of time.
Repair. As you live in a house for a while, you become accustomed to certain things that may be in need of your attention. Small things such as a crack or cracks in the walls. Perhaps a fan that doesn’t work but you never really used it anyway. Just because you’ve gotten used to the issues, doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have old carpet or hardwood floors in need of repair or replacement, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point that has a very high return on your investment. When buying a new home, people like to snoop around, so make sure you check all the cupboards, counters, closets and any other nuke and cranny you can find to look. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
Neutralize. We tell our clients often, “Just because it may look great to you, doesn’t mean you will find that one buyer that agrees with you.” You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your house is full of what make that house your home, or full of personal decorations and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold or eccentric color in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Stage. One of the things we always offer to our clients is professional staging consultation. Once your house is clean and updated, the fun of setting everything in the perfect place to attract the buyer’s attention as soon as they walk through the door. Remember, our goal is to have the buyer so happy they are ready to write an offer before they leave. Home staging consultants can add details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mini makeover—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.
The reason I am passionate about sharing my neighborhood local information with you is because I firmly believe that South Reston is one of the best (if not THE best) place to live in Northern Virginia, and I am confident that I can help you find your ideal home for the best price.