How Do I Get Started In Selling My Home?

Whether your family is growing, your company is relocating, your nest is downsizing or you’ve simply determined now is as good a time as any, if you’re going to sell, let’s discuss a few preliminary items so that you do it well.

We all know the adage that you never have a second chance to make a first impression. Well, believe me, there are no truer words spoken when it comes to selling your home. Now for those who think hygiene and appearance have no bearing on a first impression, stop reading as I have a pretty good idea of what the interior of your home looks like. Alas, none of these 750 words are going to convince you to abandon your “you get what you get” philosophy. On the other hand, for those of you who don the special tie for that certain interview or spend an extra few minutes on deep conditioner before a special occasion, by all means, read on…

This is not a market in which Sellers should spend a small fortune on home improvements given little prospect of return on investment. So, knowing that you will not have a second chance to make a first impression on every buyer who walks through your front door, let’s apply the “keep it simple” adage and also accept that sometimes what’s on the outside does count for just as much as what’s on the inside. Nothing implies neglect like an exterior in disrepair. For those of you already on top of your yard work, keep it up. For those who have been squeaking by with a semi-annual lawn mow, it’s time to step up your game. If you don’t have a green thumb, potted plants work wonders, and I can assure you, your local nursery is keen on your arrival. Trim your hedges and trim your trees. You may be a couple years shy of needing an entire exterior re-paint, but if the window trim is starting to peel, definitely touch it up. Given the trim is typically what “pops”, make sure it looks pristine and not neglected. Obviously now is the time to fix any broken windows as while to you they may be nostalgic reminders of errant curve balls, to a buyer it can imply “if they didn’t fix a window, I wonder what else they didn’t fix.” And, speaking of windows, a professional where to buy lasix furosemide window wash may be a good investment. Even if your home doesn’t sell immediately, you’ll be sure to enjoy the sunnier and cleaner outlooks.

Some buyers may pull up to your home, never get out of the car and instruct their agent to head to the next house. While seemingly shallow perhaps, let’s be thankful they judged the book by its cover and didn’t waste time wandering through your home for an hour on Saturday morning. Now for those who pass the threshold, it’s time to shine…literally. While not every home’s interior is Architectural Digest camera-ready, it should be clean, and it should be tidy. We all know that children, pets and every day wear and tear take their toll on floors, walls, cabinetry et al. All those scuffs on the walls should be touched up. If you have the time and the funds, now is as good a time as any to refinish wooden floors or scrub the tiles. All light switches should function, and, it goes without saying it’s time to replace the light bulbs you’ve lived without for the last few months. Toys, whether for kids or pets, should have a place, and it shouldn’t be all over the floor. Your kitchen should be clean enough that buyers can envision cooking and eating in it, and your bathrooms should not make buyers want to go home and shower. And, for heaven’s sake, toilet seats down! Oh, and speaking of toilets, you never need to photograph your toilet when you sell your home. We all know that bathrooms come with toilets. You never know when a buyer might turn a faucet handle, so be sure all minor plumbing mishaps have been mitigated. While tempting to throw everything in a closet, keep in mind those doors get opened, so locker room odors and over-stuffing should be eradicated.

All this said, nothing shows better than a home that has been lived in and loved. Some Sellers are told to put their family pictures away, and I disagree. Smiling faces of loved ones scattered throughout convey a happiness not implied by stainless steel appliances. Staging is oftentimes sterile, so don’t strip your home of its personality. Just keep in mind how you prepare for a job interview, business meeting or first date, and give your home the same opportunity to ace it!

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  • Melissa Hernholm,
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  • San Diego, CA 92103
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