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5 Things to Do Before Listing Your House for Sale

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So, you wish to put your home up for sale? Be advised that investment in real estate is a big deal for most individuals. Potential buyers will inspect your house with a keen eye. They might be put off by even the most minute problem. Fortunately, you can avoid this by doing your due diligence before listing your house for sale with the following tips:

Give it a Good Cleaning and Maintenance

This should come as a no brainer. Before you go ahead with listing your house for sale, it is important to ensure that it is cleaned up and well maintained. A perfectly good house can look dull and unworthy if it has been reigned by dust, toys and dirty laundry. Have a professional cleaner come to detail all rugs/carpets, curtains, walls, doors, surfaces and organize each room. Then work on your home’s curb appeal, before taking professional photos to ensure that your house is at its best and ready for potential buyers to lay their eyes on.

Sweat the Small Stuff

You know how they say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Well, when it comes to selling your home, it is imperative that you do indeed sweat the small stuff. Meaning, if there is a small light bulb that is not working, change it before you put you begin showing your property. If there is a curtain rod that is broken, take the time to have it fixed. These repairs are rather inexpensive but might mean a lot to a potential buyer. Leave no stone unturned and ensure that everything is in tiptop condition.

Take Care of those Drains & Faucets

There are several things that potential buyers look for when they look around your kitchen and bathroom. Out of all of them, for some reason checking for clogged drains and feeling the water pressure seems to be at the top of the list. Therefore, make sure that your drains are clean. The same applies to shower fixtures that might affect how good the water pressure seems. Clogged up drains also give rise to odors, which will certainly adversely affect your chances of selling your house.

Start Packing Up

As soon as you list your house for sale, it is advisable to start packing clutter, unnecessary furniture and stored items immediately. It is important to do so as this ensures that the rooms and shared spaces do not feel cramped, which makes your house look smaller than it actually is. Start off by packing away the items that you do not use on a regular basis, such as photo albums, fancy clothing and excess furniture. Doing so will also give a visiting homebuyer the idea of how the house will appear empty – so they can more easily envision their own style and belongings in the space.

Give a Warm Welcome

Ensure that your home gives every visitor the feeling of a warm welcome. Most homebuyers are quick to decide whether or not they will end up making an offer on your property. It is important to ensure that the entranceway to your house exceeds their expectations. Remember: first impressions matter!

Homeowners often complain that their properties take too long to sell after they have been listed. Often this is a result of the owners having not spent enough energy and attention to detail to ensure that their house is in order. If your intention is to present your home as a turn key property rather than a rehab opportunity for realtors who buy and flip homes, it is important to take your time in prepping it for the market. The above five tips will go a long way towards ensuring that your home is sold in a timely manner.

If you are interested in selling your property in the Costa Mesa area, Contact Torelli Realty.

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