Good Housekeeping: 5 Points To A Sale
The goal is to sell your house as quickly and as profitably as possible. To do that seller’s need to stage the house. Here are four-steps designed to maximize the value of your house.
- De-cluttering Tips
- Repairing Tips
- Cleaning Tips
- Revitalizing Tips
- Showing Tips
Make four distinct piles: Trash, Return, Donate, and Might Need.
It would be overwhelming if you tackled the whole house at once. Delegate the work to other family members accordingly and go at it. Put checkmarks next to each completed room. It’s important to know you’re making progress. Golden Rule – Consider hiring a garbage collection agency or rent a commercial garbage bin if you have a lot to throw away.
Buyers expect a trouble-free home. They want to buy a house, move in and start enjoying it right away. They don’t want to waste time and money fixing up the place. If you don’t repair your house, it will be seen as a fixer-upper and you will not be able to attract the right kind of buyers, nor will you get the price you want for it.
Know whether you need a pre-listing home inspection and understand the difference between repair and renovation can save you money and headaches. Golden Rule – Repair cracks in the foundation immediately.
Cleaning your house for sale goes well beyond dusting, mopping and vacuuming. You must clean it like you mean it. You must minutely examine every square inch of your house and restore it to near-new condition. An advantage of a well-cared-for house is that you’re less likely to receive a low offer. When buyers can’t find faults they focus less on how much money they can squeeze out of you and start thinking that the house is right for them. If you don’t have the time to clean then you should hire a professional. It’s a smart investment.
Golden Rule – Clean the area around your fireplace and then the fireplace itself.
Revitalizing is not remodeling, which is usually expensive and delays the selling of your house.
Revitalizing starts with improving your curb appeal, follow up with lighting, and painting. Only then can you start staging your house for sale. Golden Rule – Home Office: Move your filing cabinet into the basement.
You’ll need to dust the undisturbed rooms once in a while but you can see how this strategy ensures your house is always ready for showing with minimal efforts. For the rest of the living space create three to-do lists:
A weekly must-do checklist, a daily must-do checklist, and a final checklist before the open house
Golden Rule – Put away personal valuables. Turn off your computer.