Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sale Prep

Ok, here's a quick list of things to do when prepping to sell. I will pretty much always tell you to do these things so go ahead and do them if you are going to call me!!

1) Take down the wallpaper--all of it--almost always. There are very, very rare occasions I would say to keep it. Very rare.

2) Panelling--Specifically talking about the thin plywood panelling that looks like wood--75% of people hate panelling, 20% will tolerate it and 5% like it.  The real pine tongue and grove stuff is a bit different, but only a bit. Consider painting or just plain removing and drywalling.

3) De-personalize--this is more than just taking down pictures. Return your home to a point where it looks more like a model home. That said, in a Pinterest world, a little bit of creativity is ok. The thing is, if you have somehow integrated something into the home (attached it to the walls), that buyer may ask you to leave it!! I had a client one time that had a very special mantle piece made from her granddad's barn and did not want to leave it. My advice was go ahead and take it down and replace it. I've seen the same with specific light fixtures. Don't let something sentimental like that ruin a sale.

4) Flooring--Carpet is cheap. If yours is stained or smelly, have it replaced. It will make a HUGE difference. If you have animals and have it replaced, try REALLY hard not to let the animals back on it.

5) Consider the kitchen--Number 1 money room in the home--will absolutely make or break a sale. Let's talk about this one.

6) Outdoor spaces--huge for people right now. Got a deck or patio, don't forget to dress it up.

7) Go ahead and make a list of things you love about your house--why did you buy it? Help me help you!!

8) Clean out your closets!!!! Make a few Goodwill trips, pack away the stuff that is out of season (cautiously in TN!), get your shoes off the floor, throw away old shoe boxes! Make these spaces feel spacious!

9) Be prepared to keep it clean and show ready. I know this sounds dumb but it is so important. Change the filters regularly, make your beds, open blinds, put your undies in the hamper. Make these habits so that last minute showings can be accommodated.

These are just a few suggestions to get started. Taylore and I can help with your specific situation when the time comes. If you are thinking about spending money to prepare to sell, lets put the numbers together first to see if that is a wise decision. Sometimes you will do more than you really need to!!

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