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Getting Ready To Sell?

Getting Ready To Sell?

Getting Ready To Sell?

Need To Know How To Prep Your Home To Sell?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve made a lot of wonderful memories here. However, the kids are too big for their bedrooms, you could use a bigger kitchen, and one more bathroom would be a gift from heaven. So where do you start?

Any real estate agent will tell you two things. The first is that home staging sells houses. The second is that selling a house involves a boatload of cleaning, trimming, sprucing up, and putting almost everything you have in storage until the house is sold. Ready? Let’s get started.


As You’re Making The Decision To Sell

When you decide to sell your house, you’ll look around. Two things will hit you. One is that the place looks less than perfect. The second is that emotions are involved. You’ll want to work on both.

Beginning with emotions, it’s a fact that the house has become too small for your growing family. The fact is you need more rooms in a house such as extra bathrooms, an attic or basement for storage, as well as a bigger family room. We get it. Make yourself release this house. You’ll make new memories in a new house.

Deep Clean Outside The House

When buyers view your house for the first time, they’ll see from the outside in. Their first impression will sell the house or not. It’s imperative that the outside of the house be immaculate. It’s called curb appeal.

One. Keep the grass cut, the drive and walkway edged, and keep the underbrush clear of debris. Trim back any tree branches hanging over the roof. Branches on a roof could mean roof damage, something no buyer wants to tackle.

Two. Wash the windows. You’d be surprised to know how much sharper your house will look with clean windows reflecting the sun and clouds.

Three. Power wash the siding on the house. Years’ worth of weather, dust, and dirt makes siding look dull.

Four. Clean the gutters. Leaves and twigs sticking out of gutters means water running down the walls into the basement and other walls of the house.

Five. Remove weeds and grass growing in flower beds. Planting new vibrantly colored flowers adds freshness to any house. Matching planters on the porch holding pretty flower arrangements charm buyers.

Six. Replace the house numbers. Bright, shiny brass numbers alert buyers to a noticeable house. Buyers will also notice a freshly painted front door.

Seven. Spruce up the mailbox. Painting it bright white, adding the address, and planting flowers around it catch buyers’ eyes and pleases them.


Deep Clean Inside The House

Here’s where you need a storage unit ready to fill. A real estate agent will advise you, considering your belongings, what to put in it. You’ll want to start getting rid of things before that, though.

One. Empty every closet, drawer, cabinet, or other storage area. Be ruthless. Toss whatever is no longer usable. Repeat, be ruthless. No “but, but” piles.

Two. Deep clean every closet, drawer, cabinet, and other storage area once it’s empty. Buyers will poke around to see if these areas will hold their things.

Three. If you have to hire a cleaning company to remove years’ worth of grime and grease, do it. The house should look and smell fresh and clean. This includes washing the windows.


How Staging A Home Works

You might not have to hire a professional. Many Realtors enjoy telling and helping you work on home staging yourself. When you’re done, your house will look like a model home, ready for someone to move in.

One. Once everything is out of the house and in the storage unit, paint the walls. The days of beige, white, tan, and gray have segued into bolder neutral colors. Trending in 2018 are honey, the shade of pink knows as Millennial Pink or a mixture of peach and salmon, ocean blue and more.

Two. Add molding around ceilings, doors, and windows. It can be done by anyone, even if they’ve no experience, and gives a room a touch of class.

Three. Replace the flooring. The cost of a quality upgrade can repay itself nicely when it comes time to sell.

Now that the basics are completed, move one or two pieces of furniture back into each room. Put one painting on the walls, add one book to the coffee table, place one stuffed animal on a child’s dresser, and then leave it alone. The emptier a room is, the more willing buyers are to picture their own furnishings in the rooms.


Things That Sell A House

Don’t knock subliminal messaging. We know that scent is a powerful tool for selling anything, especially selling a house. Science has proven that home sales have hinged upon things like the lemon scented air freshener that reminded a buyer of his grandmother. Perhaps the smell of chocolate chip cookies or brownies convinced a buyer this was her kind of house. Cable TV home renovation shows capitalize on this by showing plates of goodies on kitchen counters.

Other sales centered upon a vase of flowers on a coffee table or kitchen table. Sellers won’t know that a vase of bright yellow and white daisies sold their house. Many times the paint color will capture someone’s heart. Your house could very well sell because you chose a cheerful shade of blue on the walls.


One Last Word

Most buyers, even if they don’t have children, won’t mind seeing the occasional board game on a coffee table. They won’t mind seeing sports equipment neatly stored on shelving in the garage. What they will notice, however, is signs of pets. Lots of people love animals. Those who don’t will be touring your house, too.

Get rid of the messy old blankets, towels, or other bedding the pets slept on. On the days the house is shown, box up anything to do with pets and take them with the pets to someone’s house for a couple hours. Eliminate pet odors, vacuum pet hairs, and tuck away pet foods. Buyers will want to know their own pets, if any, will like this house.

These tips on selling your house will take a couple weekends and some serious elbow grease to accomplish. When it’s done, though, you’ll see your old house with new eyes. So will your buyers. Good luck!



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Upgrading a Home to Sell!

When you are thinking about moving to a new state or city, many people have to deal with selling one home while buying another one. To make this process a little easier, you can immediately start prepping months before the big move. We also have some tips about things not to do if your future involves selling your home.  US News tells us 2018 is an excellent time to sell, so we give you the top tips in this blog to simplify your life.  

Get your home ready by depersonalizing the space

Fewer buyers are eager to purchase a property that looks like it’s not for sale.  Your space needs redefining, updating, and spring cleaning galore to make sure you can sell it fast. One way to help de-clutter all the closets, the corners of the basement, and the hidden spots in the attic, is to get a storage unit. You can take your time organizing and packing things away that you do not plan to use for about four to six months. You can put holiday decorations, keepsakes, seasonal bedding, clothes, and extras in storage first to make room to move everything else around.

Update Hardware and Fixtures

  • Modern or classic styles
  • Energy-efficient products
  • Neutral tones and colors
  • Appliances that are less than a year or two old
  • Stainless steel is always appealing
  • Consider replacing counters if they are more than ten years old
  • Check for signs of small damage like leaks and cracks that need repairing
  • Use bright LED lights in new fixtures
  • For fixtures that are not getting replaced, it is a good idea to clean and repaint or polish before the sale
  • Paint everything inside and out
  • Consider an upgrade like a fountain or fire feature
  • Outdoor living areas help make the space more inviting and boost curb appeal
  • Remember to give your garage and sheds the same treatment as your house
  • Make sure all railings are sturdy and durable – pay close attention to entry and basement stair railings
  • Use a smoke detector in each bedroom and on every level of the home
  • Install at least one carbon monoxide detector in the home
  • Motion detecting security lights add value because they increase safety from theft and falls

Beautify your yard

Curb appeal is a huge part of upgrading your home when you have visions of selling the property and moving into a larger space, or a home closer to work. People will never get through the front door if the yard is full of weeds, overgrown bushes, and dead plants. A drab front door or a house with an address that is not visible can cause buyers to make up their mind even before walking through the front door. 

Other ways to keep the outside in shape before you decide to sell

  • Fix driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
  • Consider energy-efficient window replacements
  • Add bright hardware to your porch and garage
  • Install shutters
  • Put in a porch swing
  • Add new mulch to flower beds each year
  • Plant some shade
  • Add a pergola or arbor
  • Water features can block out traffic noise and increase the value of the home when installed properly
  • Create a flowering entrance with an arch and some pretty flowers like roses
  • Get a new mailbox
  • Add house numbers that are at least five inches tall

Maintenance and safety are the kings of upgrading

When potential buyers come into your house, they want to see a home that is ready to move into now. They do not want to think about replacing chandeliers that are twenty years old. A buyer will not be happy to see leaky faucets or pull on cabinet doors that are stuck. New motion detecting security lights are always a welcome perk when potential buyers come looking for homes to buy. These changes are minor fixes that you can complete ahead of the sale and enjoy while you are still living in the home. Properties that have little to no repairs are more apt to sell fast because the buyer does not have to work on the home as soon as they move in. There are certain repairs that pay a better return on investment than others, so consider those first. 

What to avoid before you sell

  • Wallpaper
  • Custom tile designs or small mosaics, unless used as a border
  • Going overboard on the hardware like brass or gold accents
  • Stark white room paint
  • Appliances with color ( says the colors purple and yellow turn most buyers off.)

Begin breaking emotional attachments to the house

If you are serious about moving, then you should think about ways that you can start moving on from your old home. By storing personal items, you can begin to see the house as more of a project than a home. You can begin painting and repairing items that need fixing early because those things are not going to go out of style. You can hide a letter to the new owners in the rafters to share a personal experience of living in the home. Have someone come and bless the home and help you on your way out. The key is to break your emotional attachment to the space.

Three reasons you should think about selling sooner instead of later

US News tells us that there are a few things to think about when you are still deciding when to sell your home. Current interest rates are pretty good, but they will not stay the same for long. After a long winter, many buyers have spent several months looking for homes. A huge benefit to moving now is that property tax rates are lower because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

If you want to sell your home, there is no time like now to get going. By planning upgrades and changes early, you can save yourself the hassle of maintenance when you are ready to pack up and move. Your home sale will be much less stressful when you have time to plan and organize your transition from old to new.

Heather Murphy Real Estate Group