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Spruce Up Home to Sell

When you put your house up to sell, you don’t want it to sit on the market for a longer time than necessary.

Maybe you have an offer in on your dream home, or you are leaving the area.

Either way, the speed at which you can sell your house is probably a big factor.

This is one of the questions I am asked most often: What do we need to do to our house to sell it faster?

Here are my top recommendations:

1. Paint

Fresh paint is the home improvement task that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Freshen up the interior/exterior paint on doors, walls, trim, entryway, high traffic areas, bathrooms, and kitchens.

2. Lighting

Replace old lighting fixtures. Clean up or replace any fixtures or switch plates that look dingy. Clean dirty or dusty fixtures, inside and out. Hire a professional for those fixtures that are hard to reach or need some care.

3. Declutter

Declutter everything possible. You will be moving, so now is the best time to begin packing. Don’t leave out your favorite collectibles, stash them away. You want people viewing the house to be able to envision their things in the house and it is easier to do so with a clean clutter-free space. Hide daily necessities as much as possible. Use decorative baskets or put things away in drawers. Clear off the countertops and clutter. See my article on staging your home to sell.

4. Clean

Hire a professional to do a deep cleaning of the entire house. This will give you a fresh starting point to help keep up on daily cleaning. You could even continue to have the cleaner come throughout the time the house is on the market. This goes for the exterior as well, make sure patio furniture is clean – using the “would you want to sit on it?” test. Make sure debris is cleaned up and pet waste is kept to a minimum.

5. Landscape

Hire a landscaper to take care of any big projects that need to be completed, such as tree and bush trimming or pruning, sprinkler care or fixing. Clear out weeds and debris. Remove any dead or dying plants that clutter up the yard. Make all exterior areas accessible and clear.

6. Repairs

We all have those little things that need to be taken care of around the house – a squeaky door, a cracked light switch plate, wall damage, leaky faucets, or broken fixtures. Now is the time to get these items repaired. You can hire a handyman to complete these minor jobs before listing the house for sale. 

7. Change the ugly

Outdated items are not appealing to viewers. While you don’t need to remodel the house to sell it, there are a few things that you can do to update the features and the décor to spruce the house up a bit. Replace old dingy and unappealing looking items – curtains, window coverings, area rugs, outdated light fixtures, dingy light switches, and plug covers.

8. Flooring

Remove old stained carpeting and install new flooring if your flooring is old or worn. If the flooring is in bad shape, buyers may ask for an allowance in the sale to cover the cost of repairs/replacement. Deep clean carpets and rugs, shine up wood or laminate flooring and fix anything minor that is an eyesore. Bring in the professionals to get the job done.

9. Check the core foundational items

Items such as the roof, hot water heater, plumbing, foundation, windows, patios, and decks are major items that people will closely inspect. Make any repairs or fix items that might be an issue during an inspection. Consult with your agent if you have any questions.

Looking to sell, or know someone who is? Call me today! (775) 309-7979.

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Stage your home for sale

 

Home staging can be done either by a professional, or DIY. There are things you can do to successfully stage the house while still living in the house. If the house is vacant, hiring a staging company to furnish and stage the house might be a better option than leaving it vacant.

Staging a home can shorten the time the house is on the market and can increase the sale price, compared to unstaged homes.*

1. Prepack

Collectibles, items that take up a lot of room and items you don’t use often need to go! Simplify as much as you possibly can. Start to pack up – you’re moving anyway. Clutter causes potential buyers to have difficulty envisioning their things in the space. Your style and a potential buyers’ style might be different, so it’s best to pack it away. Our job is to help the buyers make their decision easier, in order to sell your house quickly. Which means we need to appeal to a multitude of potential buyer styles, and simple and neutral is best.

2. Declutter

This is along the same lines as pre-packing, but if you are living in the house, hide your daily necessities as much as you can. Place daily use items in drawers, baskets or bins that can be placed out of sight. Make sure dirty dishes are out of sight in the dishwasher or washed and put away. Make sure dirty clothes are out of sight in a hamper or hidden away in a basket. Simplify items left out on counters and tables.

3. Intentional Decor

While we want to declutter the house and hide our collectibles, setting intentional neutral décor can help set a tone for potential buyers. Search Pinterest for decorative scenes you can easily and affordably set up around the house. For instance, if you have a formal dining room, you could set the table with nice plates, silverware, glasses, plain colored table cloth, and fresh flowers. Place fresh flowers around the house – this will beautify the space and make the house smell wonderful. Set out simple pillows on the furniture, set out a pretty bowl of fresh fruit on kitchen counters, Set candles and pretty plans on mantels and shelves. This décor might be in the way of day-to-day living, but it paints a scene for the potential buyers. After all, it’s only temporary.

Note for seasonal décor, make sure it’s not busy and as simple as you can make it. We are trying to create a nice space but appeal to a variety of tastes.

During warm weather months, make sure any outdoor living spaces are clean, simple and set the scene.

4. Clean

Hire a professional to do a deep cleaning of the entire house. This will give you a fresh starting point to keep up on daily cleaning, you could even continue to have the cleaner come throughout the time the house is on the market. This goes for the exterior as well, make sure patio furniture is clean – using the “would you want to sit on it?” test. Make sure debris is cleaned up and pet waste is kept to a minimum. Hire a landscaper to clean up problem areas and to keep up on the lawn and pruning while the house is on the market.

Looking to sell, or know someone who is, call me today! (775) 309-7979. 

 

 

 

 

* https://www.homestagingresources.com/2018-home-staging-statistics/

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Napoleon Hill

Whether you want to visit the Great Wall of China or start your own business, chances are you’ve got a dream in your life that you’d like to turn into a reality. The hard part is figuring out how to make that happen! With a little inspiration and some direction, it is possible to translate your dreams into achievable goals.

This month, I’m sharing a road map to help you begin your journey. You’ll find a few tips on how to turn your dreams into solid goals. There are also guidelines to help you craft your bucket list — and a few words on why a bucket list shouldn’t just be created toward the end of your life.

It is my hope that this information will leave you hopeful and inspired. Best of luck turning your dreams into goals, and goals into result.

What is a vision board?

A collection of pictures and images that inspire you to make your dreams a reality.

A good vision board could show your…

  • Dream job
  • Dream vacation
  • Family Goals
  • Career goals
  • Personal aspirations
  • Health and fitness goals

Actively seeking these dreams is a regular reminder of what you are working to achieve. 

Avoid images that discourage you or make you feel like you’re not good enough. These should inspire you, not take you down.

The Raw Materials:

  • Choose your canvas: blank poster board, cardstock, digital (think screen saver), corkboard, blank book, scrapbook
  • Find your pictures: magazines, online, Pinterest, Instagram, other social media, real-life imagery, Google images, business cards, tags stickers any imagery that inspires you
  • Keep it somewhere you will see it – digital? On your laptop or phone desktop is perfect – as a desktop image! Keep poster boards in a place you will see it daily, such as your office, your bathroom or bedroom walls for daily inspiration.

Build Your Dreams with a Vision Board

 

 

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