Even though buying your present home was the perfect choice at the time, circumstances do change as our family’s lives change. Added family members result in the house becoming too small. Likes and dislikes in a home may be different than before. You may experience a job transfer, retirement, a health problem, or simple lifestyle change. All of these are just a few of the reasons you might be considering listing your house.
The chief appraiser for the Travis County Appraisal District was just quoted in the Statesman when referring to the shortage of homes in the Central Austin area as
“…causing a frenzy of bidding wars with five to nine offers common for some listings.”
So, maybe your motivation to sell your home is purely financial.
No matter the reason, you’ve finally decided it’s time to make the move. Now, it is time to consider what needs to be done to get your home ready to welcome potential buyers.
Getting Ready To List Your House
HGTV’s “10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home” might help give insight into some important details to consider.
- Pricing it right
- Half-empty closets – take half the stuff out of your closets, then neatly organize what’s left in there
- Light it up
- Play the agent field – make sure you have a broker that is totally informed
- Conceal the critters
- Don’t over-upgrade – quick fixes before selling pay off, but mammoth makeovers not so much
- Take the home out of your house – depersonalize it
- The kitchen comes first – you’re not selling actually your house, you’re selling your kitchen, that’s how important it is
- Always be ready to show
- The first impression is the only impression
Getting Your Home Ready To Sell
Some added ideas come from a “How Stuff Works” article written by Sara Elliott include: finding your home’s documents such as appliance, heating, and air manuals, and various warranties. Also, she suggests reevaluating the landscaping. Pulling weeds or painting the fence can really spruce things up, making it more inviting to lookers.
Some things that you may not have considered can include: wash your windows, pay attention to the side yards, update your furniture or cover with slipcovers, use candles and lavender scents in baths, or change out draperies for a fresher look. You should also think about organizing the garage and the laundry room. Those are two areas that tend to accumulate clutter easily. Buyers will look in the closets, open your fridge, take a peek in the medicine cabinet, and check under your sinks. As you can see, there are a lot of details to consider when the big decision has been made to list. Little things can peak a buyer’s interest, sometimes more than the big ones.
You Need A Reliable REALTOR® When Listing Your Home
Getting a reliable REALTOR® to help with your available home is priority number 1. It comes before all of the above mentioned thoughts. Without a trustworthy, knowledgeable listing agent on your side, you can’t really hope to get the best out of your home’s sale, financially or otherwise. I can offer great suggestions on how to actually accomplish the ideas given above. It is stated in the HGTV article to make sure you choose an agent that is totally informed. I pride myself in my field on being very informed and dedicated to an excellent outcome in the selling of your home. I am proud to be considered a top Austin REALTOR® and I am honored by the testimonials of my wonderful clients. I have the ability to make the listing process a smooth and successful one, so that you can quickly get on to the task of settling into a new, beautiful home for you and your family!
If you are interested in speaking to me about listing your home (or getting ready to list your house), please give me a call at (512) 732-3820 or simply click here and I will be in touch with you very soon!
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