Prepare to Sell
There are few factors under our control which ensure you get the best possible price for your home. One of the most important is completing the necessary preparations to create a "great first impression" and a lasting impact on potential buyers.
What To Do To Prepare:
The following are some of the factors to keep in mind when listing your property for sale:
1. Curb Appeal. Keeping your landscape pristine, and adding creative touches to your yard, such as colorful annuals, will create an immediate impact on passers-by and potential buyers. Making certain trees and shrubs are healthy and neatly trimed, painting the front door and perhaps replacing that old worn door handle, adding a colorful wreath or pot of fresh flowers, replacing that dingy old doormat with one that truly "invites" buyers to look inside... these are just some of the ways you can add appeal.
2. Property Repairs. Simple upgrades such as window repairs, polishing the doorknobs, and a fresh coat of paint in the most frequently used rooms will instantly brighten up the property. Cleaning and/or replacing old, tired carpeting has an immediately posstive effect.
3. Cleanliness and Staging. Keep your property uncluttered (remember, less is more). Take down personal photographs, declutter and move excess furniture into storage, remove all except the bare essentials from kitchen and bathroom countertops, hang up fresh towels, organize cluttered and over-stuffed closets and shelves and clean, clean, clean.... A well-lit, clean property is much more appealing. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, place a vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen island or table, pop a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven, have your carpets cleaned. Your agent will tour your property with you before it is listed for sale and provide a "punch list" of items which need to be address in order to improve the overal appearance and staging of your property.
4.Disclosures and Inspections. We are very familiar with the legal procedures involved in making certain necessary disclosures are completed in advance and made available for potential buyers; believe it or not, making comprehensive and accurate disclosures will benefit both you and your buyers. In some cases, we recommend a pre-inspection in order to address any potential pitfalls before your property is listed for sale. Sellers with older properties often benefit from also offering a "buyer's warranty."
5. Showtime. Presenting your property to potential buyers is a job we take very seriously. We only have once chance to make a "great first impression." Once your home is parade ready, we'll schedule a professional photographer to take pictures of your home. It will then be submitted to multiple listing services and a showing service which will coordinate showings with all licensed agents who have qualified buyers interested in your home. We'll work with you to establish showing rules and times your home will be available for buyers to view. We'll promptly gather feedback from showings to share with you and, together we'll make any necessary adjustments along the way.