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All else being equal, a house that
"sparkles" on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor.
From experience, your
Del-co Realty Agent also knows that a "well-polished" house appeals
to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally,
buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what
they can see is maintained, what they can't see has probably also been
maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider:
If you are selling a home,
you'll get the highest price in the shortest time, if your home is in top
condition. And you want to find out about any hidden problems before your house
goes on the market.
Almost all real estate
sales contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon
completion of a satisfactory inspection. This is known as the inspection
contingency. Buyers will insist on a professional home inspection performed by
an inspector they will hire. If the buyer's home inspector finds a problem, it
can cause the buyer to get cold feet and the deal can often fall through. At
best, surprise problems uncovered by the buyer's inspector will cause delays in
closing, and usually you will have to pay for repairs at the last minute, or
take a lower price on your home.
to pay for your own inspection before putting your home on the market. Having a
pre-listing inspection will make the whole sale process easier. Find out about
any hidden problems and get them corrected in advance, on your own terms. Or
present the items as is and reflected in the purchase price. Otherwise, you can
count on the buyer's inspector finding them, at the worst possible time,
causing delays, and costing you more money. Ask your Del-co Realty
Agent. They can quickly evaluate your home and tell you if a pre-listing
inspection is recommended.
In preparing your home for
the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a
brand new roof, but they aren't likely to give you enough extra money to pay
for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive
"polishes" and "touch-ups" to your house, such as putting
new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and
doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Your
Del-co Realty Agent, who is familiar with buyers' expectations in your
neighborhood, can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made.
Don't hesitate to ask for advice.
Maximizing exterior and
Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as
little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal. Tips to
enhance your home's exterior and curb appeal:
Enhance your home's interior by:
put your home on the market, there are some things you can do to differentiate
your house among the competitors.
When preparing to put your
home up for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior. If the outside, or
"curb appeal" looks good, people will more than likely want to see
what's on the inside. Keep the lawn and landscape nicely manicured. Trim the
bushes and season permitting, plant some flowers. Be sure your front door area
has a "Welcome" feeling. A fresh coat of paint on the front door
Of all the rooms inside
your home, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They should look
as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean
and odor free. A fresh coat of paint just may do the trick. Have any leaky
faucets taken care of. A call to a plumber is a wise investment.
Since you want your home to
look as spacious as possible, remove any excess or very large furniture. Make
sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter. Don't use your
garage, attic, or basement to store these extra things. These areas also need
to have the impression of space. Instead, put them into storage. Make sure
walls and doors are free of smudges and look for anything that might indicate a
maintenance problem, such as cracked windows, holes in the wall or stained
Quick tips for showings:
Always look at your home
from the buyer's point of view. Be objective and be honest.