6 Tips for Preparing to Sell the Home That You’ve Lived in Forever

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6 Tips for Preparing to Sell the Home That You’ve Lived in Forever

 

People stay in their homes on average 10 years. It’s not often we find someone who’s been in the family home for 40 years or more.  And yet, there house for saleare still people who love where they live and have stayed in their homes for 20 years or more. 

 

At some point, however, you may decide it’s time to move. Your own health may be a factor, or you decide that you want to be closer to family. 

 

To maximize the investment you have in your home there are things that you can do to prepare your home for sale. 

 

1.Know who your buyers are. 

If you live in a 55+ community, buyers will be in that age demographic and older.  Most buyers are looking for move-in ready homes, and this demographic is no different. Or you may be in a close-in neighborhood that is attractive to buyers looking for a quick commute to work.

It is doubtful that many will want to have to tackle major renovation and updating projects.  And, if they do, their offering price will reflect it.

*This is why it’s so important to hire a qualified local agent who will know what’s selling and who’s buying in your area.

2. Make room in your budget for repairs and updates that can increase your chances of getting the price you’re hoping for. 

Think of what’s important to you when you view a home. 

The kitchen can often be the dealbreaker.  Buyers may not want to invest the time or the money to bring a kitchen into this millennium. Look at the age of your appliances and countertops. Check your sinks and cabinets.

Worn, outdated or stained carpets don’t sell.  Clean or replace your carpet.  Replace your cracked tile as well. If your budget can handle it look at some of the newer alternatives to wood flooring. 

 

Lighting is one of the easiest updates you can invest in.  If you have the standard builder-basic lights in your Master Bathroom, go to your local hardware store and look into updated alternatives. 

Look at some of the newer light fixtures that won’t say “old house” to a buyer. 

Paint is one of the least expensive things you can do to improve the condition of your house.  This is especially important if your choice of colors is too taste specific.  

 

deferred maintenance

 

3. Now’s the time to address all of those maintenance projects you’ve been putting off. Keep in mind, your buyer wants to be able to move in and not take on major repair issues.   If when they view your home, the calculator in their heads begins to add up everything that needs to be fixed or replaced, then your house may not make it on their shortlist of homes to buy. 

 

4. If your buyer might be someone who is going through a lifestyle change, they need to see the space.

That often means transitioning from a 3500+ square foot home to something much more manageable. 

It is important for them to be able to see your space and that includes the closets and, yes, the garage.  Every possible storage space will be evaluated by buyers. 

That means editing what you have. Store it, toss it, sell it or donate it. 

 

5. Hire professionals to help you. 

If you want to increase your chances of a smooth transaction and maximize your return on your investment, then make sure that you hire a professional real estate agent who is the local expert in your area. 

Now is not the time to try to do all of the painting, flooring, wiring, etc yourself.  

 

wheelchair accessible6. Evaluate any lifestyle modifications you’ve made to your home. 

If you’ve lived in your home for what seems like forever, you may have made some modifications to assist you. These can include wheelchair ramps or special bars in your shower. You may have replaced toilets and sinks to be more user-friendly for you or a member of your family’s lifestyle. 

This is why you’ll want a qualified local agent. They can tell you if the modifications will be a distraction for a potential buyer or if your buyers will welcome this. And then..listen to what they say. 

 

How you sell your house has changed. Condition DOES matter. Leaving worn carpeting so that your buyer can choose their own is a thing of the past. 

 

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Kathy this blog is speaking to me.  I have lived in my house for 38 years!!!

Nov 07, 2019 01:31 PM #18
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Hi Kathy Streib - All great points to get across to someone who has lived in a home for 40 plus years.  To me, 2 big issues - Attachment and tons of "treasures" to decide what to do with. 

Nov 07, 2019 03:03 PM #19
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Hi Kathy,
Great post. I would have a LOT of purging to do before I could even begin to think about selling!  Even though I don't have any plans to sell, I still plan to do the purging. 

Nov 07, 2019 03:30 PM #20
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I have lived in my home for 36 years.  I have vowed they will hafta carry me out in a box.  However, I do worry about the stuff I have accumulated over the years, that could be a burden for my family to clear out should I depart before clearing it out myself.  I nibble away at it a little at a time.

Nov 07, 2019 04:27 PM #21
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CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 07, 2019 04:28 PM #22
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Nina Hollander Thanks and you're right. All homeowners could use this. 

Thanks Donald Urschalitz Since I've been back in Houston, I've run into some friends who are facing the big "move" issue and their homes need this. 

Nov 07, 2019 05:05 PM #23
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Sheila Anderson thank you. I have two friends who are trying to figure out how to get their parents' home sold. 

Barbara Todaro it's rare to find people who have been living in their home for 30 or 40 years. When they sell, they'll have some work to do. 

Nov 07, 2019 05:08 PM #24
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Thank you Wayne Martin I remember many of the homes I've consulted on in South Florida. They really needed to remove the railings, etc that was turning off the buyers. 

Right Michael Jacobs don't hire the person who just got their license because they're your neighbor's nephew!

Nov 07, 2019 05:13 PM #25
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Grant Schneider all homeowners should listen to you. Keep things updated while you're living in your home and enjoy them!  

Brian England thank you!  Selling a home can be hard and even more so if you've been living in it for many years. 

Nov 07, 2019 05:19 PM #26
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Thank Scott Godzyk it's important for sellers to hire a qualified local agent. 

Sharon Tara thank you so much. My brother and his wife are redoing their guest bath to accommodate her parents when they move in. Right now they don't want to make modifications that will later hurt their own resale. 

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Candice A. Donofrio that is so funny!!!! My neighbor back in Delray was great about keeping their house updated. Every year they had a project they worked on. 

No kidding Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I consulted on a home where the seller had handpainted all of the "scenes" on walls in her home and was deeply insulted when I suggested that she paint over them. 

Nov 07, 2019 05:29 PM #28
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel Thank you!  A good friend is going through this because they've had to move her brother into a senior care facility. Nothing had been done to their home since the time they moved into their house. 

Mimi Foster you make an excellent point that all homeowners should consider. Make the updates for you to enjoy while you're living there. 

Nov 07, 2019 05:33 PM #29
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Hi Jane Peters and thank you very much!!!

Luis Doporto Alejandre I appreciate that!!!! Thank you for stopping by. 

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! sometimes we need that outside eye to tell us what we can't see because we've lived there for so long. 

Nov 07, 2019 05:34 PM #30
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OMG George Souto I do envy you!!!!! 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® exactly. The longer you're in a home, the more emotional attachments you have. And yes, what to do with all of our treasures. 

Do it Carol Williams it is such a freeing experience!!!!

Nov 07, 2019 05:37 PM #31
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Myrl Jeffcoat one of my clients put all of her treasures that she was planning on giving to her children out on the dining table and surrounding area. She had them all over and said take it now or it's gone!!! Thank you for the feature in your group. 

 

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Hi Kathy:

This is a terrific list and I can think of several clients who could have used it. I had clients back in Cambridge MA (probably in my 2nd year as a licensee) who had lived in their home...a classic Victorian...for 45 years. The work and cleaning out to be done was monumental and took several months, but they did it and the house sold quickly.

Jeff

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Morning Kathy.

All good points that sellers should pay attention to.  Congratulations on the feature.

Nov 08, 2019 12:29 AM #34
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Congratulations, Kathy, on your feature recognition. This is excellent advice to share with prospective home sellers.

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Excellent points and worthy featured post. You hit it on the head. In our area we actually have many owners who have lived in homes for 30 years plus.

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Forever homes do need extra care when leaving...so much STUFF !

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