Getting ready to sell your house? Then it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Selling a home, after all, entails a whole lot more than just planting a "For Sale" sign on your front lawn or uploading a few random photos of your place--especially if you’re angling for the most cash. (And, honestly, who isn’t?)So before you put your house on the market, peruse this checklist of things you must do in preparation. Some of these tips are surprisingly easy, while others might require a bit more elbow grease. But they're bound to pay off once buyers start oohing and ahhing over your place—and hopefully ponying up a great offer.
1. Find a great real estate agent (get in touch with one here)
Think you can sell your home yourself, and pocket the cash you would otherwise pay an agent? It can be tempting, especially in a hot market, but resist the urge, says William Butusov, a real estate consultant with Charles Rutenberg Realty in Naperville. He’s found that a "For Sale by Owner" transaction is almost always a disaster, leading you to sacrifice both money and time. In the long term home owners trying to sell their home on their own ended up after a few weeks hiring a Realtor. Home owners should approach it selling their home like this, who is their day time coverage person? Most people are at work, school and other engagements. Home owners have not vetted anyone that say that they drove by the house, saw the sign and called. Now a stranger that has not been vetted is roaming around your house. Local Realtor Adam Butusov with over 17 years in the industry says "we screen the clients, we make sure that they have started the home buying processes and more importantly we are the day time coverage while you’re at work and such". We are maximizing the exposure time and ensuring that your house is getting the attention that it needs to be sold as quickly as possible.
2. Consider your curb appeal
Make sure the first thing prospective buyers see of your home entices them to want to see more. Yes, for better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. By investing some effort in relatively easy fixeslike planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house can beckon them to come on in. Your local Realtor can help point you in the right direction for more specifics I suggest the Sell35 team #charlesrutenbergrealty. They are local and have been in the Real-estate business for 18 years. They also have extensive knowledge and a great relationship with the La Grange, Brookfield and West Suburbs community. Connect to the team directly here!
3. Declutter living areas
Less is definitely more when it comes to getting your house ready to show. Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards—since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers. And if the house is overflowing with stuff, they might worry that the house won’t have ample space for their own belongings.
Take the excess and donate or pack it up for a storage space. The bonus to taking care of this now is that it’s one less chore you’ll have to do when it’s actually time to move.
4. Depersonalize your space
The next step on your declutter list? You want to remove any distractions so the buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the property. This includes personal items and family photos, as well as bold artwork and furniture that might make your home less appealing to the general public. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which house hunters can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.
5. Repaint walls to neutral tones
You might love that orange accent wall, but if it’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, that could be a turnoff, warns Reale-estate experts. “You’re pretty safe with a neutral color because it's rare that someone hates it, but the other benefit is that a light color allows [buyers] to envision what the walls would look like with the color of their choice,” he points out.
6. Touch up any scuff marks
Even if you’re not doing a full-on repainting project, pay special attention to scrubbing and then touching up baseboards, walls, and doors to make the house sparkle and look cared-for.
7. Fix any loose handles
A small thing, sure, but you’d be surprised by the negative effect a loose handle or missing lightbulb can have on a buyer. “It can make them stop and think, ‘What else is broken here?’"
8. Add some plants
Green is good, because plants create a more welcoming environment. You might also want to consider a bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or dining table.
9. Conduct a smell test
Foul odors, even slight ones, can be a deal breaker, and the problem is that you might not even notice them, says Sharapan Fabrikant. He recommends inviting an unbiased third party in to try to detect any pet smells or lingering odors from your kitchen. If the smells are pervasive, you might need to do some deep cleaning, because many buyers are on to your “masking techniques” such as candles or plug-in room deodorizers.
10. Clean, clean, clean
And then clean some more. You want your property to look spotless. Take special care with the bathroom, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.
11. Hide valuables
From art to jewelry, make sure that your treasures are out of sight, either locked up or stored offsite.
12. Consider staging
Does your house scream 1985? Nothing invigorates a house like some new furnishings or even just a perfectly chosen mirror. The key is getting your home staged by a professional. Home stagers will evaluate the current condition and belongings in your house and determine what elements might raise the bar. They might recommend you buy or rent some items, or they might just reorganize your knickknacks and bookshelves in a whole new (that is, better) way.
These are just some suggestions the local Real-estate experts from your Sell35 team would recommend doing before you list your home to sell. Sell35 team believes that these simple recommendations will tremendously assist in the selling of your home as quickly as possible. Spring market is about to begin! Now is the time, make a list and tackle theses items one at a time. This way it won’t seem like an overbearing and stressful task. Your Sell35 team will be able to help you prioritize and come up with a simple and effective list to start with. Contact Adam Butusov with Sell35 #charlesrutenbergrealty today. They are local, responsive and only charge 3.5% total commission for selling homes. They know the West Suburbs, La Grange, Brookfield, Westmont and Hinsdale to mention a few. Try us out for free and see whats your home worth by clicking here!