Top 5 preparation tips to follow when listing a home
You've decided it's time to get your home ready to sell. This typically comes from some sort of need or change of life situation and, it is hoped, is filled with joy and excitement, although we know that's always the case.
In any circumstance, listing your home for sale requires some effort and preparation in order to encourage a successful sale.
Here are our top five preparation tips:
This usually isn't feasible or reasonable; however, addressing maintenance items up front can go a long way to making your selling process smooth. The key is identifying what needs to be accomplished and when.
But that doesn't always mean you should forego some painting prior to putting your home on the market. Toning down strong colors for photography, covering up smudge and scuff areas, and neutralizing spaces are just a few reasons why painting might make sense.
But shooting for this ideal goes a long way to ensure that you'll beat your competition in this category. Edging, pruning, adding mulch or pine straw, installing fresh flowers - all right before the house is photographed - make a lot of sense for a huge visual impact.
Countertops, kitchens, baths, walls, closets - these are usually the prime locations of clutter that need the most attention for the biggest impact for buyers.
While this list might not be in any particular order and is certainly not all-inclusive, it makes for a good starting strategy. Seek out a real estate professional who can help you develop a full strategy in order to give you ample time to prepare for listing your home.
Chip Collins is the broker-owner of Collins Group Realty chip@collinsgroup realty.com or www.collinsgrouprealty.com