The Look That Sells
Despite the white-hot market we’re in, where houses are selling quickly and at top dollar, it’s still important to prove to potential buyers that your home is worth the asking price. You only have one chance to make a good first impression. So, the time you take to invest in your home before it hits the market will help you reduce the time it spends on it. To help you prepare for the increased foot traffic of interested buyers, here are some ways you can help to ensure that you’re making the best first impression possible.
Ways to Make a Good First Impression
Start with the first thing people see – your home’s landscaping. Get outside and mow the lawn, prune bushes and remove any dead tree branches. Make sure your home’s curb appeal is in tip-top condition. While you’re out front take a second to clean your front door and door frame. Also, consider removing any old outdoor furniture that you don’t plan on moving.
Next, take care of any minor repairs around the house. This includes checking faucets for leaks and light switches for faulty wiring. Also, take the time to replace any lightbulbs with the maximum wattage allotted in the fixture as a bright home makes a better impression than a dark one. Take the time to make sure that everything works before potential buyers do it for you.
Before you take on the bigger cleaning jobs, do some light cosmetic work to your carpets, tubs and sinks. Have any carpets professionally cleaned and re-caulk around tubs and sinks. If you plan on leaving the existing carpet as is, having it professionally cleaned will make it looker newer. Also, new caulk looks better than old caulk and helps to prevent leaks.
The last step before the final walk through is the biggest one. Cleaning out closets, storage areas and medicine cabinets. Removing any access clutter from every nook and cranny of your home will create a sense of greater space. It’s also less for you to move once your home sells. Once all these areas are addressed, ask your broker to examine the property for specific showing tips to make your home more attractive when compared to others in the area. Also, if you have a pet plan to have it elsewhere when your home is being shown.
Ready to Sell
Now you’re ready to put your home on the market. If you’re looking for an experienced real estate agent in Ladera Ranch to sell your home, then I can help you move. With 16 years of successful sales and service to the Ladera Ranch Community, I can help you list and sell your home for what it’s worth. Contact me today to get started.
Pictured: 26 Downing St. Ladera Ranch, CA Sold at $885,000