How To Prepare Your House For Sale

How to Prepare your House for Sale

In this economy and with our unstable real estate market, many homeowners are looking for answers on what brings the most impact in selling their home for top dollar. 
According to Diane Britto, Broker Associate with J. Rockliff Realtors, “We’re in one of the most expensive markets in the U.S. We need to have it almost perfect to sell (think model Home).”  Although it may seem like a large sum of money spent up front, the value you are adding to your home will enable you to reach a broader & higher end clientele. This will lead to a stronger offer from potential buyers allowing you to more than recoup the cost of your initial investment.
The following are several steps she suggests you can take to ensure greater selling potential for your home.
1.      Keep up on Deferred Maintenance/Repairs.  Sellers aren’t always willing to walk into a house that is in need of many repairs. It can allude to further problems in the home that will cost them more money on top of the purchase price. Up – to – date maintenance is a selling point that can be used to bring in buyers with the cash to purchase immediately!
2.      Invest in Staging your Home.  Staging your home is incredibly important.  Most people have too much personalization in their homes.  Remember that not everyone lives how you do. The level of personalization in a home can hinder potential buyers from picturing themselves in your home.  Diane suggests renting storage space to hold personal items such as bulky furniture, family portraits, etc. and hire a professional stager to help create a vision for the buyers to place themselves in your home. Not sure you want to spend the money on a stager? Work with your Real Estate Agent/Broker to remove items that are personal and add items to inspire your buyers. You can find inspiration in catalogs like Restoration Hardware and purchase items at stores like Home Goods to set the scene.
3.      Professionally Clean your home. Pay a reputable cleaning service to deep clean your home including things like baseboards, blinds, etc. The sparkle of a freshly cleaned home will contribute to the selling power of your home.

If you’re in need of a Broker in the Walnut Creek area, please see Diane Britto’s contact information below. For more Real Estate tips and tricks, see our board on Pinterest.

Diane Britto
Broker Associate
Office: 925-280-8508
Cell: 925-200-5569
Efax: 925-871-5589
DRE #01065211
1700 N. Main Street

Walnut Creek, CA 94596


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