Before Selling Your House, there are 3 things before selling your house you must accomplish when you need to sell your house fast, assuming you want to do so quickly…… right?
Everybody wants to sell their house for more than they paid for it, and they want to sell it fast, however, if housing prices in your area are low, the economy’s not doing well, or your home has some sort of structural or locational problem, or it’s not ready to sell, you may have to reduce your asking price to get your house SOLD fast. There are a lot of moving parts when selling your house. In the early stages, getting the house ready for the sale is imperative to getting the influx of interested buyers walking through. To give yourself the best shot at a fast and profitable sale, make sure you do these 3 things before selling your house in Fort Worth, Texas.
Before Selling Your House – Declutter Inside and Out
Declutter the entire house including the garage, back porch, and yard. When your real estate agent says, “Oh my, look at the plate collection from every state,” what he really means is, “Oh wow, no one cares about this.” Sorry. Your job as the seller is to declutter and make the house tidy and look like anyone can envision themselves living there with their own weird collections. We all have them.
Prepare to move sooner than later by boxing up anything and everything you don’t need immediately: pictures, plate collections, vases, and books. Go through closets and dressers, donating what doesn’t fit or you don’t use. Essentially if there is anything on a countertop or shelf, think about whether it still needs to be there for the listing photos.
That’s right, this all needs to be done before the listing photos since the majority of buyers do all research online before they ever walk into a house. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll wait until the open house to declutter – that’s too late!
Before Selling Your House – Scrub-A-Dub-Dub,
Would you want to live in someone else’s dirty and messy house? I’m sure you wouldn’t. As part of your preparation, you must declutter before selling your house and while you are doing that you’ll find dust balls and dirt everywhere. It’s under the sofa, behind the curtains, behind and under the refrigerator, on bookshelves, and under beds. Clean the house top to bottom so potential buyers feel like they can kick their shoes off and relax carefree without getting their socks dirty.
Start at the top and work your way down. This means clean ceiling fans from the layer of gunk coating the blades. Remove and clean all light fixtures on fans, light shades and light bulbs, ceilings, and walls. Wash and dry them before making them shine with glass cleaner. Wipe walls down with a mild bleach solution. Sweep, vacuum and mop and keep the trash cans empty and clean.
Now tackle the bathrooms. Make sure the entire bathroom sparkles. Make them smell nice and clean. Don’t just do a quick run through like you have friends coming over for a last-minute football party. Clean grout, scrub tubs then remove the mineral buildup on shower walls, doors, and fixtures and be sure to remove all the soap film. Scrub the toilet so there are no rings or stains and make them smell clean. You might also replace the toilet seat lid with a new one. If cleaning isn’t your thing, hire a crew to come and do it for you. It will pay for itself and most services can knock it out quickly.
Once clean, keep it clean. It might be a good idea to limit home use when possible. Perhaps everyone only uses one bathroom to make maintaining things easier. Perhaps close off spare bedrooms so pets and kids don’t make more cleaning work.
Before Selling Your House – Stage for Success
Now is the time to make your home look like it belongs on HGTV. Give it the WOW factor. Countertops must be free and clear of clutter, totally clean and sparkling. Set the dining room table with neutral but nice dishes and placemats. Change out all light bulbs so lighting is consistent, bright and clean. Arrange furniture so rooms look open, comfortable and inviting. Make beds and hide daily items like toothbrushes, laundry baskets, and other personal items. Frame windows with light or sheer drapery so they allow light to enter and ensure the windows and frames are clean.
Know that everything you do in the house is necessary outside as well. Keep porches and patios open and free from tools, toys, and unnecessary items. Take the time to clean up landscaping, trim trees and remove odd or dying plants. Power wash driveways and walkways and clean the outside window frames and glass. Do all of these to make sure you highlight your home in the best possible way before selling your house in Fort Worth, Texas.
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