Selling Your Home 2017-08-17T09:43:00+00:00

Let Me Help You Sell Your Home

Selling a house can be stressful. Making the decision, preparing the house for sale, keeping it clean, waiting for a buyer, dealing with offers, and advancing to the closing table – all of these steps can involve discomfort. This is a huge financial transaction with many emotional aspects. But you can get it done – and it may even be easier than you anticipate.

One thing to keep in mind is that you’re not alone. As an experienced, professional real estate agent I can guide you through the process, help resolve any issues that come up, and ensure that your home sells for the optimal price in a timely manner.

Regina Palmer’s Top Tips for Selling Your Home

1. Take a Fresh Look at Your Home

Your home looks great to you, but a buyer sees it with fresh eyes. How can you make your home the best on the block? Hop in your car, drive around the block, and then scrutinize your home as a prospective buyer will see it for the first time.

  • Does the house need washing or painting?
  • Does the driveway need repair work?
  • Is the landscaping in good shape?
  • Is the yard neat, watered, and trimmed?
  • What about the view from the front yard?

A fresh coat of paint, a power washing, or a few new flowers can transform the exterior of your property and catch the attention of a potential buyer.

Size up the interior as though seeing it for the first time

Imagine what your real estate agent might say about each room: look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom.

Make a list of the things that might put off potential buyers and a list of the features that first attracted you to the home when building or purchasing.

Consider Your Curb Appeal

  • Does the house need washing or painting?
  • Does the driveway need repair work?
  • Is the landscaping in good shape?
  • Is the yard neat, watered, and trimmed?
  • What about the view from the front yard?

A fresh coat of paint, a power washing, or a few new flowers can transform the exterior of your property and catch the attention of a potential buyer.

Size up the interior as though seeing it for the first time

Imagine what your real estate agent might say about each room: look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom.

Make a list of the things that might put off potential buyers and a list of the features that first attracted you to the home when building or purchasing.

2. Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell

Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter in every area. Use my check list to make sure you don’t miss a spot:

  • closets
  • attic
  • kitchen cabinets
  • bedroom drawers
  • bath vanities
  • garage shelves
  • storage closets

If You Don’t Use It, Lose It!

Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter, and most of us drag a lot more stuff through life than we really need.

Don’t forget: assess your furniture and fixtures when getting rid of clutter— over-sized couches, extra chairs, or a peculiar fixture can make a room seem too busy and smaller than it really is turning a potential buyer off. Open up each room so buyers can get a clearer sense of the home and open house guests can easily navigate their way through.

Decluttering can also help you pare down belongings, minimizing your packing and transport to your next home. Sell unwanted items at a moving sale and use the proceeds for paint or other materials needed for touch up and repair projects.

If you just can’t bear to part with some possessions, store them in the attic or an area out of sight to a potential buyer.

Once your house is decluttered its time to deep clean. Follow my cleaning check list to ensure every corner is sparkling clean:

  • vacuum and shampoo carpets
  • strip and polish the floors
  • scour the bathrooms (don’t forget fixtures!)
  • scrub laundry room
  • polish the furniture
  • scour out the cabinets
  • wash windows inside and out
  • dust blinds and/or window coverings
  • wipe down ceiling fans and kitchen appliances

3. Get More for Your Home: Repairs Pay Off

Investing in a few key repairs could add measurable value in the sale of your house. An experienced realtor can help advise you on what is worth your time and money. You can really help you home shine by patching up the roof, touching up baseboard paint, repairing window and door screens, and more.

An alternative to the “sweat equity” you get from a total fix-up is an “as-is” sale. This option saves you from doing all the grunt work, but beware that a buyer may assess a repair at twice the price you were quoted. The buyer then deducts the repairs amount from your asking price before making an offer.

4. Get a Sense of the Market

Before you put your home on the market, take a weekend day to check out the competition: homes at a similar price point and comparable neighborhoods.

While a buyer looking at an existing home won’t expect the same thing as viewing at new model home as a seller you want to offer them that new model feel— clean, uncluttered, and welcoming. The most important factor to a buyer is first location and immediately following that is a well-maintained home.

Flaws may be overlooked if the buyer knows they can move in with minimum hassle and expense.

5. Putting Your Home on the Market: Show It to Sell It

After all of your hard work getting your house in tip-top shape it’s time to attract a buyer.

Show your home in its best light: open the blinds and turn on the lights. Open all interior doors to make the home appear more spacious and increase the flow of buyers’ home tour.

Be sure kids and pets are not at the property during showings. They’re cute, but a prospect wants to see your home, not your pride and joy. Make sure your pet’s litter box is clean and eliminate any odors.

Don’t forget: your home should be available for a viewing by a prospective buyer with as little notice as possible, less than an hour or even five minutes when possible. So don’t let your hard work cleaning and decluttering fall back into an unmanageable mess.


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