Are you planning on selling your home sometime in 2017? If so, you are probably researching what you need to do to prepare your home to sell this year. A recent article in Realtor.com shared the top 5 rules that homeowners need to be sure to keep if they want to sell their home quickly and have it not sit on the market for a long period of time. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne Custom Home Builder
, shares these tips so you can move into the home of your dreams and sell your current home as quick as possible this year.
The first rule to keep in mind when planning to sell your current home is to be realistic on what your home is worth. Most buyers naturally want to sell their home for more than they bought it and often can think it should sell for more than what it should. However, overpricing your home often will make it just sit on the market longer.
Pricing your home too high can also leave sellers offended if a potential buyer makes a much lower offer, or they are very stubborn in what they will lower the home too and can miss out on buyers willing to pay a fair asking price.
To price your home to sell and make it a fair price to you, ask your Realtor to show you comps in your areas of homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood that are most like yours.
Once you figure out the correct price to list your home, it will be time for rule #2 which is to declutter your home. This is a vital step in selling your home, because buyers do not want to try and determine for themselves what your house looks like without clutter. You also don’t want them assuming there is not enough space in the home, which is why there is so much clutter around.
Even after you purge the clutter, be sure to keep day to day items in check as well. Make sure you don’t let your mail stack up and sit somewhere when you have buyers coming to look at your house. Small items around the house can add up as buyers walk through and take an inventory of what is where and what space you have.
Tip number 3 is a big one, because it is something that might cost you $500 but end up getting you several thousand dollars more in the sale price of your home. Keep your home show ready 24/7 when you are trying to sell it, and hire someone to deep clean your home if you don’t want to do it yourself.
Once your home is deep-cleaned, each day be sure to keep a Swiffer handy to wipe up and dust or stains on your wood. Also, be sure to keep your windows clean so they sparkle and don’t have any dust or finger prints. Use a Magic Eraser on any smudge marks around your home on walls or cabinets. And lastly, keep a “last minute” cleanup bucket handy for those buyers who want to stop by on short notice that you can easily hide under a sink or put away.
A fourth tip is to make sure you rid your home of bad smells. No matter how beautiful your home is, if it smells you will have a very hard time trying to sell it. Consider the smell of pets, bathroom mildew, or items you have cooked in your kitchen.
If you have the problem of pet urine in your home, there are sprays that will break down those molecules and help rid the smell. If that doesn’t work, you will want to replace and rugs or carpeting where the odor is coming from as that will be the only way to rid the home of those smells.
If you have the smell of mildew in your bathrooms, install a fan to vent the room and leave the doors open in your bathroom to circulate the air. You can also get a dehumidifier to keep the mold from growing.
The final tip is to keep all your personal items and styles at a minimum. This means take down your family pictures, any religious or abstract art pieces or memorabilia and so on. This may be what makes your home your own, but it isn’t reflective of what they buyer wants to see. The more blank slate you can give the buyer visually in your home, the more they will be able to picture themselves living there and not feeling like they are just walking through someone else’s home. Having a home be too-personalized of the buyer, will mean a much longer time on the market.
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.