Selling a Home - Easy Fall Preparations
Selling a home in the fall and winter months might be easier than one might think. The colder months historically have shown that fewer homes are available for sale. That is not necessarily a bad thing though. It could mean a higher sales price for you due to less competition.
Everyone has heard about the importance of “curb appeal” when it comes to selling a home. Although a very good curb appeal is important, there are several other things to keep in mind as well.
Let’s begin by placing yourself in the shoes of a home buyer and perhaps it will give you a better perspective. When driving up to a “home for sale” the first things a buyer sees will set the scene for the whole experience at the home.
Keep your lawn neat and clean. The last thing a buyer wants to see is tall grass, a lot of weeds, unkempt flower beds and with fall upon us, piles of leaves covering the lawn. Trees and shrubbery should be trimmed and pruned as well as having a healthy appearance. Gutters on the home should be kept free of leaves and debris.
In the fall, keep the sidewalks free of any large amounts of leaves that have fallen. In the winter, by all means, keep the snow and ice off of the walkways. Not only is this an appearance item, it is also a safety item. The last thing a homeowner needs is a lawsuit due to neglect of the walkways when a buyer or Realtor should fall and get injured.
Once the buyer arrives at the front door, it should have a fresh coat of paint on it or at the least, free of any flaking, faded or peeling paint. The trim and siding should be in the same condition and appearance.
IF you are a smoker, please do not smoke inside of the home or garage, at least during the time you are trying to sell your home. Do not try to cover up the odors with heavy fragrances or candles as this too can be a turn off. It is best not to smoke inside of your home, period. A “smoked in” home can be a major turn-off to a home buyer, not to mention it has an effect on the resale value.
Obviously, the interior of the home is very important as well. The floors should be clean and free of any debris. The carpeting should be freshly swept and/or steam cleaned if needed. A buyer does not want to see stains on the carpeting, debris and even huge wrinkles in the carpeting. Many listing agents are smart to provide plastic shoe covers for interested visitors to keep the floors cleaner, longer.
The walls of the home should be freshly painted for more appeal. Remove “family walls” containing numerous photos and portraits of the family living there. The buyer might get the impression that if they were to buy the home, they could be “displacing” the family and have ill feelings of doing so. It might sound corny, but it’s true!
Have clutter? Get rid of it! The more available “space” in your home, the larger it will appear to be. If you have a lot of “dust collectors”, they should be packed away in boxes and either neatly stacked in the garage or in a storage unit.
Your Realtor should have already advised you to keep your home clean at all times and be prepared for any last minute showing requests. If you have ceiling fans, keep them clean. If you have windows in your home (who doesn’t) keep them clean! Including appliances in the sale? Keep them clean!
Often, a buyer will be out driving around and see a home that is for sale and want to get inside asap. This can be especially true if the buyers are visiting from out of town and have very limited amount of time available to take a look at some homes.
You want to sell your home for the most money possible, so it is up to you to make every effort to make it salable in a timely manner.
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