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Sometimes, life just hands us the inevitable: just when everything seems right with your home, somethingsell your house in schaumburg happens and you have to sell it!  It could be that unbelievable job opportunity that you just can't pass up OR triplets!

No matter what your reasons are for selling, remember that now's not the time to dawdle, the process of preparing a home for sale can take a month or more. You've got work to do!  So, let's jump in .....


1. Take a Fresh Look at Your Home

Your home looks great to you, but a buyer wants to see it how his family will be living in it -- so take a fresh look at the house. Hop in your car, drive around the block, and then scrutinize your home as a prospective buyer will see it for the first time. First, consider what's called "curb appeal". Does it need washing or painting? Does the driveway need repair work? Is the landscaping in good shape? Remember, be very critical; your buyer will be.

Next, pull into the driveway and take a good, hard look. Is the yard neat and trimmed? What about the view from the front yard? Then, walk in the front door and size up the interior as though seeing it for the first time. Take a tour and imagine what your real estate agent (like Lyn!) might say about each room, look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom.

Then, make notes of the things that might put off potential buyers, along with another list of the things that first attracted you to the house. Remember, the home's become a great place for you, but a new buyer will see things that you don't. If you don't like the wallpaper in the Livingroom anymore, why do you think a new buyer will?


2. Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell

Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter in every area -- closets, attic storage, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and shelves -- everywhere! Remember, this is no time to be sentimental: if you don't use it, lose it! Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter, and most of us drag a lot more things through life than we need.

Also, don't forget the furniture and fixtures when getting rid of clutter -- most of us put too much in too little space, which makes a buying prospect think your home is too small.

Then, have a great moving sale with all the stuff you've collected and use the proceeds for paint or whatever other materials you need for repair projects. If you just can't bear to part with some possessions?  Store them in the attic or some other place that's out of sight to a potential buyer. (Public storage?)


3. To Sell, Sell, Sell You Gotta Clean, Clean, Clean

After you've cleared out the clutter, it's time to really clean. Have the carpets professionally cleaned, strip and polish the floors, scour the bathrooms, go over the laundry room, polish the furniture, scour out the cabinets, wash the windows and window coverings, and spiff up the ceiling fans and kitchen appliances. In short, clean everything!

Don't forget the exterior; paint or power-wash everything that needs the work. Remember, this is a ceiling-to-floor, roof-to-foundation clean-up project.

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4. Get More for Your Home Because Repairs Do Pay Off

After you've cleaned the place to within an inch of its life, the next project is making all the repairs necessary to attract a buyer.

So, patch up the roof, touch up all the paint, repair the screens, spruce up the porch framing, and make your entry area shine. Don't forget to water the lawn and landscape beds, and take the time to trim, mow, edge and get rid of sick or dying plants. Inside, fix the grout in the bathrooms and on tile floors, adjust any doors that need it, fix any scratches on the walls, cover any stains, and be sure to fix any plumbing problems. Remember, do what your home needs before the first buyer appears at your door.

Also, it's a good idea to get all this done before getting the first appointment from a real estate agent -- a good agent will advise you on what needs to be done based on current trends.  Also, if you have friends willing to be brutally honest about what your home needs to sell, invite them to assess the fix-up needs.

There is, however, an alternative to the sweat equity you get from a total fix-up -- but it carries a price.  An "as-is" sale keeps you from doing all this work, but a buyer will assess about three times the price for the repairs. Then, the buyer will deduct that amount from your asking price before making an offer.


5. Show It to Sell It - You gotta let people in & be flexible!

After you have cleaned, shined, mowed, and generally whipped your property into shape, it's time to attract a buyer.

When marketing your home there are other, small things you must do to attract buyers. For example, even if it's bright daylight, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Also, open all the interior doors to make the home appear roomier.  Be sure to remove all your kids and pets -- they're cute, but a prospect wants to see your home, not your pride and joy.  Also, make sure your pet's litter box is clean so the home smells clean and fresh, not like air freshener.  Remember, you need to make sure your home is available to be seen by a prospective buyer with as little notice as possible. That means less than an hour, or even fifteen minutes if you can manage it.


6. Get a Sense of the Market

Before you put your home on the market check out the competition: homes with similar prices and in similar neighborhoods. What do similar homes look like in the CMA that your agent left with you? I always leave plenty of pictures so owners can get an idea of what other sellers have done. Improvements? See anything you might want to change? Remember, you don't have to go out and buy new furniture just to look like that beautiful new model in new construction -- what you want is the feel of that new model -- clean, uncluttered, and fresh.

Remember, after location, the most important item to a buyer is a well-maintained home. Many flaws can be overlooked if the buyer knows he can move in without a lot of repairs, trouble, and expense.


So have any more questions that I can answer? 

Let's talk.



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lyn Sims your list of suggestions of tasks to be done prior to listing is an ideal list for every homeowner who is thinking of selling..... but this is a sample of what you provide for guidance....it starts from step #1 with preparing the home for marketing and showings.... such sage advice from Schaumburg's most savvy listing agent.... homeowners would be very wise to call you, Lyn Sims, for a Free Market Analysis.... you'll provide the homeowner with a range of equity they have in their home..... that's just for starters..... Call Lyn and you'll understand her entire program.

Feb 13, 2020 05:51 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

These are perfect tips for sellers to utilize when preparing their home for sale. I hope you get a lot of calls from Schaumburg sellers who are ready!

Feb 13, 2020 05:55 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lyn - things happen and sometimes there are plans that go a bit askew.  Returning to the basics of real estate involves the tips you share about properly preparing your home for sale when timing is part of the picture.  Definitely true for Schaumburg area real estate.  You practice what you preach.  

Feb 13, 2020 06:52 AM #3
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Lyn Sims - Home maintenance is not an option. One way or another, it has to get done and annual home maintenance is always the cheapest and wisest route to take. Those aren't just great tips, they are a necessity! You did a GREAT JOB!

Feb 16, 2020 05:05 AM #4
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