10 Best Tips for Selling Your Home

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc
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When you live in a house for 30 years, you acquire lots of stuff. 

The family treasures, pictures, the drapes you paid a small fortune for 20 years ago-all need to be sorted, saved, given away or thrown out.

You need a plan if you are going to sell your home.

My friend asked me to stop by her house today. She and her husband are downsizing and moving to a condo closer to shops and restaurants. Their 4 bedrooms, 3 story house is huge and filled with 30 years of family stuff. They are overwhelmed and not sure where to begin. I completely understand.

Several years ago, I cleaned out my mother's house since she was moving to an assisted living facility. The only way I got through the process was beginning with a plan of action. So here's what I did several years ago and what I shared with my friend today.

  10 best tips for selling your home. 

  1. Color Code all big items - buy a package of red, green, blue stickers at a store like Target or Staples. Put green stickers on the furniture and larger items you want to donate. The red stickers go on furniture you are keeping and blue stickers mean you will take it to the dump. This keeps you and your partner on the same page as to what is trash and what isn't!
  2. Buy large black plastic and clear plastic bags - the black plastic bags will be for trash and the clear for the items to be donated. Again, this is a way to stay organized since there will be lots of bags going to the dump and to Goodwill. 
  3. Buy a long rope or painters tape - the rope or painters tape is used to section off parts of a large room. For example, when I cleared out my mother's house, one bedroom was packed with stuff. I used the painter's tape to section off parts of the room. I worked on one section at a time until the entire room was clear. It was a very efficient way to tackle a huge mess! 
  4. Label a cardboard box "Treasures" -  This box is where you place everything you find that has true sentimental value. Only you know what these items will be but I suggest you do not linger over the treasures. Put them in the box and look at them later, when you are not in the middle of clearing out the house. If your house is large, you will have several boxes labeled "treasures". 
  5. Go room by room - The goal is to make progress and the only way to do it is one room at a time. The goal is; Keep, Toss & Giveaway. It's a simple mantra that will save you time. If you want to sell items on eBay or Craigslist, have an area in the home where you will gather everything that you plan to sell. 
  6. Get estimates for painting and carpet installation -  Neutral wall colors and clean carpets help sell your home quickly. Get estimates for both and decide what you can paint and what you can hire someone else to do! 
  7. Have your HVAC, water heater, roof and gutters inspected and maintained - These big ticket items are the first things we check out for our buyers. If systems are not well maintained, they could be red flags during the home inspection. In some cases, it could keep a buyer from purchasing your home. Take care of all major issues because a good home inspector is going to find them anyway!  
  8. Stage your home or at least clear out the excess furniture - To be honest, the expensive drapes a decorator hung 15 years ago need to go! A home buyer is going to see old curtains, not decorator drapes. If you are working with a listing agent, listen to your listing agent's advice! Chances are they've done this a few times and want your home to sell just as much as you do! As exclusive buyer agents, we really appreciate a well-staged home because it helps our buyers see the possibilities. 
  9. Spruce up your yard - Cut away old limbs from trees and shrubs. If it's warm enough, plant flowers near the front walkway and put flowers and small plants in a planter on the porch. If you have a front porch bench, buy new pillows to brighten the area and maybe match the shutters or front door. 
  10. Wash windows & clean your home - A clean house goes a long long way! It's a huge turn off for home buyers to see dirty bathrooms and kitchens.

I'm talking specifically about ground in dirt and not a few dirty dishes in a kitchen sink. Again, home buyers understand they are seeing someone's home so it's no surprise that there is evidence that they live there! 

I hope our 10 Best Tips for Selling Your Home Helps!

HomesBuyHendersons

Buyer's Edge

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Great stuff Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson I plan on printing this out to give to my sellers.

Dec 29, 2016 04:39 PM #1
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Kathryn Acciari
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Wow, this list is perfect for those who need to downsize or pack up the family home. Thank you for sharing this, Hendersons.

Dec 29, 2016 04:51 PM #2
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Theo Shaw
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I don't know why, but my sellers have always been reluctant to wash the windows--until I insist, and then they see what huge difference it makes.  I tell my sellers that every sparkle and shine is a dollar in their pocket.

Dec 29, 2016 05:47 PM #3
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Victoria, I am planning a downsize, and it is truly daunting.  I can empathize with many of my own clients.

Dec 29, 2016 05:48 PM #4
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Theo Shaw
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This list is also perfect for seniors who have lost a spouse and now are leaving their long term home for condo or retirement home living.  Sometimes they are paralyzed with indecision on how to go through their home and sort what to take.  I have a client in this situation whom I'm going to share your list with.  Thanks for the great job.

Dec 29, 2016 05:54 PM #5
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Diana White-Pettis
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This list is certainly 10 of the best tips for sellers.  I will be printing this out.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 29, 2016 06:12 PM #6
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
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Thank you Bob "RealMan" Timm I sure hope this helps your sellers make the right decisions when they move.

Dec 29, 2016 06:52 PM #7
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There are a variety of methods but this is a good list that would benefit anyone planning to move. Thanks!

Dec 29, 2016 07:07 PM #8
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Glad you like the blog Kathryn Acciari  It's a method I tried so I can say it really works. Have a Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2016 07:22 PM #9
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Thank you Theo Shaw for both comments! It can be incredibly difficult for seniors to clean out their house. Especially when going through all the memories. I had treasure boxes from my mothers houses that I didn't open for 6 months.

 

Dec 29, 2016 07:24 PM #10
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Good luck with the move Patricia Kennedy take it one room at a time and take your time Hope to see you in 2017

Dec 29, 2016 07:25 PM #11
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Glad you will print this out Diana White-Pettis I hope it helps your sellers. Have a Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2016 07:26 PM #12
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Thank you Nathan and Angie Gesner I wish you much success in 2017!

Dec 29, 2016 07:27 PM #13
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Those are all great tips, I especially like putting donations in clear bags and trash in black ones.

Dec 29, 2016 11:05 PM #14
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Hi Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900  Thanks for reading our blog! Yes, the clear bags make it easy to identify what you are donating and what you are throwing away.

Have a Happy & Successful New Year!

Dec 31, 2016 05:41 AM #15
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