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Preparing Your South Bay Home to Sell

For homebuyers searching the market, there are numerous choices out there and endless competition for what can you do to help make your home stand out, get noticed, and get sold? Here are a few tips to prepare your home to get shown and sold.

  • First Impressions Last - How your property appears from the outside is important. To make a good first impression on a buyer, a clean driveway, a freshly mown lawn or a trimmed hedge will work wonders. Make sure your front door is fresh and clean. Keep your lawn trimmed and free of refuse. Do a critical inspection of the exterior of your property, paying special attention to the condition of your windows, shutters, screens and gutters. One of the first things a buyer will notice is the need for painting. If your property looks like it needs painting, many buyers will form an unfavorable impression. Elsewhere, little things count. Make sure the front door is spotless, including the doorknob, and that the windows gleam.
  • Cleanliness Counts - Once inside your property, one of the key factors that influences its appeal to a buyer is cleanliness. Most important is front hallway, the kitchen and the bathrooms. Do a
    room-by-room cleaning, and don’t forget any out-of-sight areas because that’s often where a
    discriminating buyer will look first. The state of the carpets can also be a
    determining factor. At the very least, have your carpets cleaned, and if they are worn, it’s wise to replace them, or remove them if there is hardwood underneath.
  • Less is More - Clutter makes a poor impression. In closets, cabinets, kitchen countertops and other storage areas like basements, remove anything not needed for daily housekeeping. To
    make each room in your property look larger, get rid of or donate unnecessary furniture.
    Walk through your property and think: “Less is more.”
  • Decorate For A Quick Sale - Why tell a prospect how your home could look when you can show him by redecorating? Little Things Count. It’s easy to improve the appearance of any room. You may want to replace worn rugs or small pillows, put new towels in the bathroom or brighten up a room with a vase of flowers.
  • Let The Sun Shine In - Open drapes and curtains to show how cheery your home can be.
  • Repairs - Make sure everything is in good working order. Dripping faucets, squeaky steps and loose doorknobs can easily create a bad impression and reduce the value of your property. A few
    hours spent on repairs, whether by yourself or a tradesman, can pay big dividends when an offer is made. Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing. Loose knobs, sticking windows and other minor flaws detract from value.
  • From Top To Bottom - Display the full value of your attic and utility space by removing clutter.
  • Safety First - Keep stairways and other traffic areas clear.
  • Pull Together - Get all the members of your household to pull together when it comes to getting – and keeping – your property ready to view. By getting everyone into the habit of spending a few minutes tidying up every morning for an afternoon showing, you improve your chances considerably.
  • Make Closets Look Bigger - Neat, well-ordered closets show that space is ample.
  • Bathrooms Help Sell Homes - Check and repair caulking. Make this room sparkle.
  • Arrange Bedrooms Neatly - Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and curtains.
  • Can You See The Light? - The prospect will feel a glowing warmth if you turn on all lights for an
    evening inspection.
  • Three’s A Crowd - Avoid crowds during inspections. Crowds make prospects feel like intruders.
  • Pets Underfoot - Keep them out of the way, out of the house.
  • Be It Ever So Humble - Never apologize for the appearance of your home. Let the trained
    salesman answer any objections.
  • In The Background - The Realtor knows the buyer’s requirements and can emphasize the features of your home. You will be called when needed.
  • A Word To The Wise - Let your Realtor discuss price and other factors. He is qualified to bring
    negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
  • Use Your Agent - Show your home only by appointment through your agent. This will help close your sale more quickly.
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