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Congrats you took the first step. You have decided it was time to get your house on the market.
Now what? How do you get a house ready to sell? That’s what I’m talking about today, let’s get started!
Hey everyone, it’s Cori and I’m your local real estate expert with Monmouth County Dream Homes, and RE/MAX CENTRAL right here in Marlboro Township. If this is your first time here then you’re going to want to subscribe to my YouTube Channel (click here).
So you have decided you are going to sell your home. You’ve hired your agent, signed the papers and now what what should you do? The number one thing,
Take a minute, take a deep breath and
I’m going to give you a few things to do to get your house ready to sell.
Step 1 Make a plan and stick to it
Trust me, everything goes better when you have a plan. Walk through your home, view each room, take notes and decide what exactly needs to be done.
The second thing you should do when you are getting your house ready to be put on the market,
2. Declutter and Depersonalize and Disinfect
Declutter. You want to make your house look the very best it can. Remove all little unwanted items or as some of us refer to as “chachkies” to free up space in your house.
You know all those family photos you have on all of your walls, on your armoires, your dressers and your bookshelves. I know we all love our family photos, but it’s now time to take them down, pack them away and keep them safe until you move into your new home. When potential home buyers come into your home you want them focusing on the house, , the layout and more importantly the space.
Disinfect. You truly truly need to begin cleaning your home from top to bottom. Don’t plan on cleaning your entire home in one day. You will get overwhelmed and at the end of everything nothing is going to get done. You are going to get frustrated and just throw your hands up on the very first day. You need to plan and take one one room a day.
3. General House Maintenance
Buyers want to be sure that the house they are hoping to purchase was maintained properly. You want to be sure everything is in working order. Even the smallest of repairs should be done. Repair cracks and holes in the walls. If you need to really do a lot of patch work you may want to consider painting and using neutral colors. Paint is the least expensive way to truly freshen up a house and the return it gets you on your money is quite high. Take a peek at another video I did about choosing paint colors here!
When you are walking through your home, anything that you see that is broken or out of place take the time to fix it.
Let’s head outdoors……..
5. Curb Appeal
The first thing a potential buyer sees when they come to the home is the outside. Be sure to clean the front door and even put down a welcoming door mat. Plant colorful flowers or place a few pots near the entryway.
If your home is dirty or dingy, Power wash. Trust me it makes a difference. You really want to do a general clean outside your home, just like you are doing indoors. I mean who wants to walk up to a dirty home? Not me! Take a few minutes and do the following:
- Sweep the entryway and walkways
- Mow, water and fertilize the lawn
- Trim shrubs and trees
I know doing all of these may take a little time but I promise you it will be worth it.
I tried to keep this video short and sweet. Don’t worry if you didn’t take notes. Grab your free download here for a checklist to help you get your house ready to sell.
If you’re interested in learning more about Monmouth County and Real Estate you may want to hop over to my website at www.monmouthcountydreamhomes.com and subscribe to my youtube channel. I put up lots of helpful information for buyers and sellers in our area!
See YOU, next Monday!