Best of luck on your sale and move! There are several things that you can do to increase the odds of selling for a fair price in a short amount of time. Itâ€™s all about the preparation!
1. Have your home inspected by a licensed home inspector. Find out what the problems are with it that another inspector would find, and get those items repaired.
2. Have all those "honey-dos" done as you move towards June that you have been putting off. Paint, carpets cleaned. Sheetrock repairs, new light fixtures, new ceiling fans (where the blades arenâ€™t drooping) clean all of the wire mesh on each faucet to let the water flow better. Have the a/c serviced and be able to provide the receipts for all the work that you had completed including the repairs that the inspector noted as items that needed to be fixed.
3. Have a professional photographer come take pictures with your furniture in it - you may want your agent come help you stage to let it show the best....this will help future buyers see how the home could look.
4. When you do move out, have it professionally cleaned. Have them clean every window, steam clean the carpets, sand and refinish any hardwood floors if you have them
5. Have the outside of your home power washed. Driveway, patio, etc.
6. Have those flower beds mulched and tune up the landscaping. Add color where you can.
And at the very end....go with your agent and shop the competition. Preview all the homes in your immediate area that a reasonable buyer would look at if they would be considering your home. And make sure to price your home accordingly. The worst thing you can do is overprice your home. Sellers think they should be at the very top of the market and buyers think they should buy at the bottom of the comps...the real number generally lies somewhere in between.
Your agent can help you determine where you should price it to sell it.
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Chris Schilling, ABR, GRI, CRS, GREEN
Real Estate Broker
Option 1. For now if you want to sell depending on your situation I have buyers lined up that can make an reasonable offer on and purchase your home now with minimal access to your house outside of inspection based upon the details of your selling situation. We would have to talk to discuss the details.
2. If you are looking to sell in the summer but want to prepare the house for Agent assisted showings I would suggest doing the following: Intervieiwing agents, plan to stage the home, identify any major defects and repair them and focus on cosmetic look and feel especially in Kitchen and bathrooms.
If you haven't decided on an agent to work with contact me if you are interested in getting assitance.
Chris Hutchinson Real Estate
The Michael Group
Most of it would be best to do as soon as you move out just in case it gets dirty or damaged during the move.
Depending on how motivated you are to sell, you could consider upgrading counter tops or appliances or fixtures to give the home a newer feel. This is the NUMBER ONE complaint that I hear from buyers day in and day out in this market. People want a home that is well updated.
Once you move out take note of the following items:
Fresh coat of paint - inside and out. Make sure to pick a neutral color.
If you have any wall paper, remove it and repaint that area when you paint the rest of the home.
Start takig down picutes and other wall decorations and patch the holes (you can do this now if you want).
If you have wood floors, consider getting them restained to give them a fresh look.
For any tile surfaces (floors, bathrooms, etc) clean them with a good quality cleaner and clean the grout really well.
Carpets - replace them if they are worn at all or at a very minimum get a professional quality steam clean and shampoo going on them.
The other thing that you should absolutely be doing is watching what is going on in the market in your neighborhood. This will give you an idea of the trends going on in the current real estate market and what homes are for sale and have sold in your neighborhood. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for my Market Snapshot: http://brianrayl.com/whats-my-north-dallas-home-worth/ (This works anywhere in the Dallas Fort worth Metroplex).
Best of luck to you and if you need an agent to represent your home this summer, please don't hesitate to give me a call.
Keller Williams Elite