Watson Realty Corp. Realtors®

(386) 341-0423

48 Steps to Sell Your Home "Faster"

Courtesy BOB BREWSTER, Realtor  Phone 386-341-0423

(Put check on Each Line where You Know Work is Needed) Be honest. No house is perfect.                                                                

____ EVALUATE

  1. Have a Realtor®, interior decorator or professional organizer walk through your home to evaluate what needs to be updated, repaired or removed

____ REPAIRS

  1. Patch damaged walls
  2. Replace cracked floor tiles
  3. Oil squeaky doors
  4. Fix sticky windows
  5. Fix leaky faucets and toilets
  6. Re-caulk tubs and sinks
  7. Replace broken windows and screens

____ UPDATES

  1. Replace cabinet knobs and pulls
  2. Update lighting fixtures, if needed
  3. Update blinds, if needed
  4. Replace faucets and shower heads, if needed

____ PAINT

  1. Paint the interior in neutral colors
  2. Paint exterior doors and window trim
  3. Paint shutters
  4. Repaint exterior, if needed

____ BRIGHTEN

  1. Take down heavy window treatments that block light
  2. Wash all windows
  3. Increase the wattage of light bulbs
  4. Replace dark lamp shades

____ DEPERSONALIZE

  1. Remove family photos
  2. Store knickknacks

____ DE-CLUTTER

  1. Thin out the books on your shelves
  2. Empty kitchen counters
  3. Place out-of-season clothing in storage
  4. Rent a storage unit to store unneeded items

____ ORGANIZE

  1. Organize pantry
  2. Organize closets
  3. Organize basement
  4. Organize garage and shed

___ CLEAN

  1. Clean all interior surfaces
  2. Wash windows and doors
  3. Air out and clean in cabinets and under sinks
  4. Power wash exterior of house and sidewalks
  5. Clean outdoor furniture
  6. Clean porch lights of cobwebs and debris

___ HIDE SIGNS OF PETS

  1. Remove pet smells
  2. Hide pet food and bowls
  3. Take pets for a walk during showings or send them to daycare during open houses

___ STAGE INSIDE

  1. Reduce the amount of furniture in each room
  2. Organize furniture to create seating areas and give each part of the home a purpose
  3. Place cut flowers around home during showings

___ PRUNE AND LANDSCAPE

  1. Remove dead plants
  2. Prune or replace overgrown shrubs.
  3. Fill open spots with seasonal flowers
  4. Add fresh mulch to beds

___ STAGE OUTSIDE

  1. Make sure front porch/entryway is clean and inviting
  2. Use outdoor furniture to create inviting spaces

You need to know that all Buyers will look for “clues” that may indicate your property has problems. Things like ceiling water stains, even old ones from many years ago before the new roof was installed will cause a buyer to have second thoughts. Under sink water leaks in the kitchen and bathrooms could mean something more serious is happening. Cracks in walls or cracks where the ceiling and walls meet can indicate settling and are a distraction that can be easily eliminated with caulk or wall paste. Dirty carpets and floors, dust on window coverings, fans and walls, odors in bathrooms, kitchen and the garage, overgrown bushes and ground cover touching the house sides or blocking windows and doors, piles of trash, boxes, and personal items – all have a negative impact on any buyer. Buyers are very cognizant of how a property has been treated when deciding if everything they are seeing is “real” or is perhaps “covering up” some hidden problem. If it’s broke – “Fix It!” If it is not right, crooked or needs repairs – “Fix it!” If it’s dirty by nature, looks out of place or serves no useful purpose – get rid of it. Rent a storage unit to relocate unnecessary furniture, tools, personal items that you want to keep but which also clutter up your property.  And finally, do not “Hover” over buyers when they are looking at your property. During showings, go away or remain hidden outside. Buyers do not need to talk to you. They do not need to know everything you know about the property. Stop Selling! Let the Realtor do his or her job. There will be plenty of time for discussion after there is an acceptable purchase offer between you and the buyer.

And Finally.....Relax! If you make your property look like you really care about it, so will interested buyers.