Getting Your House Ready To
Sell 10 tips to selling your house quickly.
Call Keji @ 301-613-2043 to get additional tips on how to get house ready to sell
Anyone selling a home nowadays
wants their home to sell fast and at a reasonable price. Selling a home in this
market may require more preparation than before due to the high number of homes
in the market and the competition amongst sellers in your neighborhood as well.
You will therefore have to prepare it well to impress your customers. Here are
some steps for getting a house ready to sell:
1. Start Outside
Make sure when a buyer pulls up
to your home with an agent they have a great first impression. The outside of your home is the first thing buyers see and if they don't like the outside,
they will probably not even care too much about the inside. Keep these things
in mind when preparing the outside.
- Make sure your lawn is mowed
and landscaping is neat.
- Keep the sidewalks clear of all
toys and gardening supplies.
- Paint window trims if they are
cracked, peeling, or faded.
- Make sure your house number is
clearly visible to the buyer.
2. Make Sure You thoroughly clean your house.
Home owners usually clean the
house before they put it up for sale and, no one wants to buy a house that they
feel was neglected and not well-cared for. Buyers and good agents will usually
take this into account because it shows how the house was taken care of while
you were living in it. Here are some things to make sure they are cleaned and
- Dust ceiling fans and light
- Ensure the carpets are as
cleaned as well as shampooed.
- Clean out cobwebs.
- Wax hardwood floors and kitchen
- Clean bathroom tile and bleach
- Hang up fresh kitchen and
- Air out any musty areas and
make sure the home smells fresh.
3. Declutter Your House and make it Impersonal.
When house buyers come to see
your home they are not interested in seeing your family photographs and heirlooms.
This is the chance you give them to picture their own photos on the wall and
their own furniture in the home. Pack up those personal pictures and keep
buyers from getting distracted by thinking about your family. Allow them to
imagine themselves living in the house. When it comes to decorations and
kick-knacks, less is more:
- Collect all your junk and odds
and ends and pack them away.
- Remove books and
- Clean off kitchen and bathroom
- Remove personal hygiene items
from plain view and pack them in a closet for daily use.
4. Forget about your emotions.
It is totally understandable that
you have developed emotional ties to the home. There have been many memories in
the home that you will have to let go off. Even though this is the case, you
have to remember that you are trying to sell your house quickly so holding on
is only going to do more harm than good. It is going to be hard but you have to
cut the ties and get ready to move on.
- Stop seeing it, and referring
to it as your home. It is now a product to be sold like any other good or
- Don't take offense when buyers
give any negative feedback about issues in the home.
- Remove all personal effects
that will cause you to reminisce.
5. Value Properly
The last thing you need to make
sure that you do is to value the house at a fair and reasonable price that will
attract potential buyers. If you don't acknowledge faults in the house you will
value it higher than it should be. When you are selling your house you have to
remember it doesn't matter what you think it is worth. It only matters what
someone is willing to pay for it. Make sure you base your price on market
values and comparable property in the recent past and always be ready to
By taking the above precautions
you can prepare your home to sell and could possibly have a quick property
sale. Take time and remember the goal is not to dwell on memories, but to sell
so you can move on and create new ones.
Other Resources to use when
getting your house ready to sell
Keji & Associates of Fairfax Realty is a team of
licensed agents working daily to get homes sold for our clients in Bowie,
Upper Marlboro, Fort Washington and other parts of the metro area. We
delight our clients by delivering world class service every step of the
way and we strive to create a win-win situation this is all part of our
values and beliefs.
Keji Ogunleye , Associate Broker - Licensed in Maryland & Virginia, Fairfax Realty, Inc