Interesting Article On The 10 Things Sellers Need To Do To Make Their House Buyerready Do You Agree
Interesting Article On The 10 Things Sellers Need To Do To Make Their House Buyerready Do You Agree
You’re in the market for a new home, whether you need more space or less, you must first sell your present residence. One might think that the slow housing marking would potentially have buyers pounding at your door, but this is not necessarily the case. Prices are steady at the moment and seem not to be plummeting any further. This is good for a buyer and can be good for you, however, home buyers are smarter and leerier these days. They are less apt to make hasty decisions and less apt to buy out of their range, which is partially what contributed to the great housing market collapse. Houses are selling these days, but how quickly they sell is really up to you, the seller, and your agent. The houses that move are those that are priced well. Today’s buyer is savvy and has done his research. Buyers also want a turn-key home that is immediately ready for them to move in and unpack. What they don’t want are…
1. Bad Smells
Nothing is more of a turn-off than walking into a house that has a smell. Before you sell your home walk through with a friend, a Realtor, or someone you can rely on to give you an unbiased opinion. You will want to get rid of the source of any bad odor as soon as possible. Pets are big culprits, especially cats. If you have a cat, kitty litters need to be cleaned as often as possible and kept, if possible, in a remote or out of sight location. Wall to wall carpeting can harbor bad smells as well, especially if pets are present in the home. Clean all carpets professionally prior to listing your home. If you have a fan above your stove get in the habit of using it regularly to keep from cooking foods with particularly strong odors, such as fish, the evening before an open house or a showing. If your basement smells dank and musty consider purchasing a dehumidifier to clear the air of moisture and odors. If you can pop some chocolate chip cookies in the oven, or maybe an apple pie now that it’s fall. While some smells are offensive to home buyers, some are very inviting!
2. Dirty house, especially bathrooms and kitchens
Having a house on the market is tough and hard work, especially when you have young children at home. If you don’t have time to clean your house daily, and really, nobody does, concentrate on your kitchen and bathrooms. Make sure floors are vacuumed and devoid of spills, crumbs and dirt. Make sure counters are wiped clean and that there are no dirty dishes in the sink. Don’t hide them in the oven for a quick remedy, house buyers are nosy and will look in your oven and any drawer or cabinet that can be opened! Keep a set of clean, dry towels on hand for the kitchen and bathroom for showing purposes.
3. Messy house
This is really an extension of the last point. The average home buyer has a hard time looking past your clutter and mess. Simple, easy tasks, can make all the difference. If you have children you know that clutter happens. I am a huge fan of wicker baskets. They are inexpensive, efficient and look nice in your home. Invest in a few wicker baskets as a quick way to stash toys when you don’t have time for an overhaul. Laundry is perhaps the hardest thing to keep on top of and is the most time consuming. If you don’t have time to wash, fold and put away your laundry on a daily basis, pick up a couple more wicker baskets to stow away clean, folded laundry so it doesn’t look like an eyesore. In the kitchen and in the bathroom clear away bottles and containers. Bowls of fresh fruit and vases or pitchers of fresh flowers not only look pretty but often make a room smell lovely.
4. Poorly lit rooms
No one wants to enter a dark house, especially someone who wants to buy your home. If a house is too poorly lit they may tend to wonder what you are trying to hide. Replace dim or burnt out light bulbs with high efficiency, bright bulbs to brighten up your space. If need be, pick up a few stylish lamps that will not only brighten your home but can add to your home decor. If you have big windows, take advantage of them. Make sure they are clean and make sure that drapes and curtains are not blocking the natural sunlight. When it comes to selling your room, lighting really can be everything.
5. Loud Walls and Busy Wallpaper
Shhhhhh!! Most likely the person who ends up buying your home will not have the same taste and style you do. They say one decorates their home for living, and one should re-decorate their home for selling. When you sell your home, you must remove yourself and your history from the overall picture. A home buyer wants to be able to envision him or herself in your home, not wonder about you, your lifestyle and your family. You don’t want to distract from the task at hand which is to sell your home. Tone down those bright and cheery colors and save them for your next home. Instead, use softer, more neutral tones like creams and off-whites that can make spaces like lighter, airier and brighter. If your home is covered in brightly patterned wallpaper you ought to give serious consideration to removing that as well. Potential buyers may be deterred by the paper knowing what a colossal a nuisance it is to remove it.
Nothing is more unwelcoming than pulling up to a potentially Haunted House! Make sure your yard is well mowed, all bushes and hedges are trimmed. If you can add or fix up your landscaping with fresh or potted plants. The outside of your home is the first thing that will be seen. Let it be a great reflection of you and a great indication of what’s yet to be seen on the inside.
7. Wall to wall carpeting
If you can, please remove them. These days home buyers are looking for hardwood floors throughout. Even if they aren’t in the best of shape, hardwood floors are much more appealing than wall to wall carpeting. If you can’t rip out the wall to wall, please have it professionally steam cleaned.
8. Neglected entryways
This is the first room everyone sees as soon as they pass through the front door. This is your greeting card. Let it be warm, friendly and welcoming. A simple bouquet of flowers, it need not necessarily be elaborate, makes a lovely statement. Clear out closets, and make sure that stray shoes and other items are neatly put away.
9. Your pets
May people are allergic. Many children are scared. Please keep your pets away from your home whenever possible.
I’m sure you are lovely and you know your home like no one else, but a potential home buyer simply does not want you there, or anywhere nearby. If you remain at home they won’t stay, they won’t linger and they won’t take their time to look around to get a proper look and feel. You will not be doing yourself any favors by remaining at home. Leave the selling to your Realtor, that’s why, after all, you’ve hired him (or her!)
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"Where do I start? When I first contacted Gerard it was to inquire about a property he was selling, the apartment was no longer available but he immediately tried to find out my needs and how he could help me. When I told him my wants, and my price range he was blatantly honest with me, probably not what I wanted to hear, but what I needed to hear. Once I explained my situation, which was that I owned (at the time) another apartment (my primary residence) and I was looking to move to a bigger apartment because I just had a baby. He advised me of my various options in regards to selling. While I did not call him to find a real estate sales agent, it ended up being the best advice I needed to hear. He convinced me to allow him to meet with me for a few minutes to discuss my possibilities with regard to buying and possibly selling (even though I had no intention of selling at that time). He came to my apartment to speak to me, and he came very well prepared. When he showed up, not only was he punctual, dressed very professional, he was friendly, smart, knowledgeable, but most of all honest. He showed up with comparable sales, and discussed with me strategies to accomplish my goals (to buy a bigger place with certain requirements, within my price range, before a specified period of time). I ended up deciding to sell my apartment using him as my realtor after our meeting when I had not originally wanted to sell at all. Gerard was confident in his ability as a real estate sales agent and told me he could sell my apartment at a higher price than I expected. I trusted him. In the interim, he also agreed to help me find a new home for my family always focusing on the sale of my place because he knew it would put me in the best position to be a considered a serious buyer in a tough and incredibly competitive market. I found a new place within a short (remarkably short) frame of time. He advised me on how to make an offer, and how to make sure my offer would be accepted. He knows the market in the area exceptionally well, and he knows sellers and agents so well, and really knows how to “read” people. Because of these traits, he will know how to advise you best and he did. Trust me LISTEN TO HIS ADVICE. He suggested tactics I did not agree with but in the end, I trusted him and he was 150% right each time. Once my offer was accepted, he was a man of his word.....He sold my property at full asking price offer within 3 DAYS!! I know that sounds hard to believe but he did a pre showing of the apartment on Monday went on MLS on Tuesday, aggressively showed the place and set up appointment after appointment and by Thursday we had a full price offer. We also received two other offers which he told me how to handle, professionally and in a good business manner. He gave me recommendations on an attorney, a mortgage broker, and an inspector. I used every one of his referrals and not only was my contract out of attorney review within less than 3 days without any hiccups, my inspection for both my sale and purchase went off without a hitch. Since he knows the local area particularly well this allows him to tell you his experience with certain buildings, agents, real estate lawyers, mortgage companies and home inspectors. I closed on the sale of my condo within 45 days, my purchase closed the following day! My biggest fear was selling and buying, especially with a newborn baby, and to be financially able to do so without the added stress. I needed to find my new home of my dreams quickly and sell my current home all without any major hurdles. Gerard accomplished all of that and more, he held my hand when I needed some coaching, and he walked me through the process when I did not know what to do, or would not listen. Real estate transactions are never easy, but even with every hurdle; Gerard knew how to handle it. I have bought three times, and not once did it ever go this smoothly. This time was different; a lot more was on the line with the sale, and with the short time frame, and the tremendously competitive market. Gerard is extremely responsive (I called a lot!), he knows how to treat his clients, and he was always available when I needed questions answered, he is smart, business savvy and most of all he is great at what he does - he is an amazing salesperson. He knows his abilities and his confidence shows in his work, his demeanor, and most of all his end result. I would and do plan on using him if I ever buy or sell again. He handled both transactions meticulously, professionally and made an enormously stressful situation seem like a breeze."
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