Preparing your house for sale

Reblogger Joan Cox
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

There is a long list for the Seller when time comes to putting the home on the market!   Some homeowners know "the drill", some need a few pointers.    Rachel has listed so many things that need to be addressed, and especially the guns and the oven.  Great job for potential Sellers Rachel!   

 

 

Original content by Rachel Syska RS322220

You have decided to sell your house and have decided on a Realtor. Now you can just sit back and let the offers roll in, right?  No, now you have to get to work.  Once your house is on the market, it is no longer “your home”, it is a “product”.

You are moving anyway. Why not pack up all the unnecessary items after you have done a complete purge. This will help you neutralize your home and make it more desirable. I think my house is lovely, just the way it is, you say. Well, you aren’t selling your decorating expertise now are you. Here are a few suggestions to help you out.

  •        Family photos - you love your family, but they don’t come with the house. Pack them up.
  •        Kids toys - This will be hard, but they need to be as invisible as possible.
  •        Hunters – No trophies on the walls. They could scare or offend a buyer or their child.
  •        Gun owners – Lock them up and get them out of sight.
  •        Plants – Less is more. If you aren’t taking them with you get rid of them now.
  •        Kitchen appliances – Countertops should be as clear as possible. A coffeepot and maybe one other item depending on the length of the counters.
  •        Fingerprints – Grab a box of Magic Eraser from Mr. Clean. Go through the whole house. Clean trim, baseboards, walls and around door handles. You will be surprised how much dirt and grime you will find in areas you thought were clean.
  •        Refrigerators, Stoves, Ovens and Microwaves – Clean them. In the last 6 months, I have had 2 different women open the oven door and refuse to see the rest of the house because the oven was dirty.
  •        Rooms – if you have an office in your dining room or a playroom in your living room, change them back to their designated purpose.
  •        Decorations – Keep them to a minimum. If you are keeping drapes, take them down and replace with something neutral if needed. If you are keeping the dining room chandelier, replace it before you put the house on the market. If it is attached, it comes with the house and if they see it they will want it.
  •       TV wall mounts – this is tricky. Some people may like that they are already installed, but most won’t. If you take it down, be sure to patch any holes and paint as necessary.
  •         Jewelry and prescription drugs – This has become a big problem at Open Houses, especially the drugs. Please take these things out of the house, especially when you know there is going to be a showing.
  •      Small children - Things that don’t attract adults will attract children, such as musical instruments or electronics. Pack them up or secure them.
  •        Pets - take  them with you for showings. If that’s not possible, at least, crate them.

 

The main thing to remember is you are opening your home to the general public. An agent will be with anyone who has made an appointment, but if more than one buyers are at the showing, one can distract the agent while the other gets to another room by themselves.  Open houses are worse. Without an appointment, any number of people can come in all at one time.

Now that you are worried about putting your house on the market, Relax. Thousands of people sell their homes. They just take precautions. Good Luck!

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Rainmaker
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Joan, Thanks for this re-blog as those are all excellent tips to get a home ready for sale. I hope you had a great New Years.. .. 

Jan 05, 2017 02:06 PM #1
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Joan, anyone considering selling in the near future needs to read this. Awesome choice for a re-blog.

Jan 05, 2017 04:16 PM #2
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Lou Ludwig
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Joan

The tips on preparing a home for sale is right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 05, 2017 07:06 PM #3
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Joan,

 Good re-blog and good timing as many people list their homes at this time of year!

Jan 05, 2017 07:16 PM #4
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Joan Cox
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Bob, had a great New Year's Eve, and hope 2017 starts out with a bang.

Jan 06, 2017 01:37 PM #5
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Joan Cox
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Amanda, I have quite a few Sellers on the fence on when to put their home on the market.

Jan 06, 2017 01:38 PM #6
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Joan Cox
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Lou, Rachel did a great job on this post! 

Jan 06, 2017 01:38 PM #7
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Joan Cox
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Yolanda, I was thinking of my sellers preparing their homes when I read her post.

Jan 06, 2017 01:39 PM #8
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Debbie Reynolds
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Excellent choice for a reblog, Joan. I enjoy reblogs because most of them I have never seen before.

Jan 06, 2017 03:34 PM #9
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Lou Ludwig
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Joan

I stopped back to bookmark the post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 06, 2017 05:38 PM #10
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Joan,

 Just stopped by to say hello and hope all is wll with you!

Jan 07, 2017 01:36 PM #11
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Joan - Rachael cover must of the basics.  Good point about taking down the dining room chandelier.

Jan 07, 2017 05:39 PM #12
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Joan

Have a great weekend.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 07, 2017 08:41 PM #13
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Roy Kelley
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This is a good choice for a reblog and excellent advice to share.

Have an outstanding year!

Jan 08, 2017 06:13 PM #14
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Lou Ludwig
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Joan 

A home prepared to be sold have selling advantage.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 08, 2017 07:40 PM #15
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Joan Cox
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Debbie, it is nice to get some of those gr\eat posts that are missed! 

Jan 15, 2017 07:05 AM #16
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Joan Cox
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Lou, Rachel did give us some great ideas to bookmark! 

Jan 15, 2017 07:06 AM #17
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Joan Cox
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Yolanda, thanks for stopping by, doing very well! 

Jan 15, 2017 07:06 AM #18
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Joan Cox
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Grant, she did do a great job with this post! 

Jan 15, 2017 07:06 AM #19
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Roy, thanks for stopping by! 

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