Deciding whether to sell your home, often your largest investment, can be daunting. However, a good real estate agent will listen to your needs, guide you and advise you through the home selling process, and ensure that your home sells for the most money, in the shortest time, with the least amount of anxiety or stress. Allow me to guide you through the process.
Make it Sparkle: We can’t stress this one enough! It is imperative that you clean the home from top to bottom before a photoshoot, or hire a cleaning service to get down and dirty for you.
Declutter: When it comes to photos, less is more. This means clearing off countertops, shelves and paper-filled desks need a new home. This includes small kitchen appliances, toys, pet items, and paper materials. Even when organized, too much “stuff” can look messy.
Bye Bye Trash Cans: Indoor and outdoor trash cans must remain hidden!
Toilet Seats Down: We hope this would be a given, but just in case, lids down!
Fix Those Shades: We’re talking window shades and lamp shades. These are two quick fixes that make a world of difference.
Pull up those blinds and show us the light! The more natural lighting the better. Unless you don’t want to show a specific view, then try opening the slats on the blinds to let light in but not the view.
Straighten the lampshades. Nothing makes a picture feel more off-kilter than a crooked lampshade. It's an easy fix that makes a world of difference, so do it!
Feng Shui: If it hasn’t been done already, arrange the furniture in a way that maximizes space and makes it feel easy and natural to move through the room.
Hide Personal Items: As much as your homeowners feel they are a part of the home, you need to allow potential buyers the opportunity to imagine themselves living there. Before a shoot, it’s best to hide away personal pieces like family photos. On this note, places where personal items are stored (ie. Garages, laundry rooms, closets), no matter how tidy, are best seen in person rather than in photos. We recommend leaving these areas out.
The Devil’s in The Details: Look at the rooms through a magnifying lens- now is the time to check for things like cracks, holes in the wall, minor structural damage, or tile grime.
Create a Welcoming Environment: Imagine that you’re setting up to host a party. Tend to the lawn and garden, clean the pool, create a seasonal arrangement at the front door. Add fresh flowers to the kitchen, family room, and other key areas. An inviting space makes for an awesome photoshoot.
Highlight Best Features: Show off the major selling points by making them the focus of a room, whether that means rearranging furniture, doing some extra cleaning, or adding a little something like flowers or a plant to make it pop- it’s up to you!
Buyer submits offer with $1,000 personal check.
Seller accepts offer; Buyer hires a home inspector
Home inspection completed
Hire an attorney to look at the Purchase and Sale Agreement
Sign Purchase and Sale Agreement; Buyer submits additional 5% deposit
Lender issues mortgage commitment to buyer
Schedule Smoke Detector and CO2 Inspections with the local Fire Department
Schedule Final Water, Propane Gas, and Oil readings if applicable
Buyer obtains home insurance binder for closing
Pass papers at closing (1-2 hours)
Note: This timeline represents approximately 60 days. The time periods shown here are typical but may differ in your situation.
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