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What to do if you want to sell NOW?

This is a perfect time to put a house on the market.  It is the beginning of spring season and there is very little inventory on the market.  Homes that are in good condition and are priced right are selling quickly.  However it does take some forethought and work to get your house “show ready”.

1. Outside:  First impressions are everything when it comes to a home buyer.  When they drive up to your house, they want to see a house that looks well-kept.  Whether this means a fresh coat of paint, power-washing or landscaping.  Be sure the grass is mowed, there are no weeds in the garden and the porch and deck are cleaned with inviting furniture.

2. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter:  Buyers want to see that your home has a lot of space for storage so they look in the closets, pantries and cabinets.  If they see clutter, they think there isn’t enough space.  Rid your house of anything that is unnecessary.  Throw out anything that can’t be re-used.  Donate or sell anything that you don’t want but still has value and rent a storage unit for anything else that you still want but don’t have the space for.  Not only will your house seem to have so much more room, you will have less to pack and move to your new home.

3. Paint:  If your walls are dingy or non-neutral colors, paint the house with a neutral color.  If you don’t want to paint the whole house, touch up areas that are scuffed and scraped. 

4. Carpet: Be sure to shampoo the carpets or replace them if they are worn. 

5. Lightbulbs:  Replace any burned out light bulbs.  The house needs to be bright when people see it.

6. Depersonalize the house:  Take down family photos and religious items.  The new buyers want to envision their family in the house and not yours.

7. Fix obvious issues: Fix any obvious items that need repair, like leaks,  drywall issues and electrical problems.

8. Clean windows: People want to be able to see out of the windows, so clean them inside and out.  If the windows are fogged, you may want to see if the windows are still under warranty or have a window company give you an estimate on repairing or replacing the window.  This is something that buyers notice.

These are just a few of the things you should think about before putting your house on the market.  I am happy to come to your house and give you a list of things I think would help your house to sell.  Sometimes the smallest things, bring the biggest return.

Erin Cohen, Realtor
Fathom Realty
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As a Realtor® I believe in “The Personal Touch:”
Building Relationships One Home at a Time

Oh, by the way, I’m never too busy for your referrals.