Getting Your Home Ready For Sale On The Real Estate Market

Posted on: 16 March 2016

If you've been considering putting your home up for sale, there is no better time than now to list it on the real estate market. Once you have a plan in place as to where you'll be moving to, it's time to call your realtor to get the ball rolling. But before you do, there are a few things you'll want to make sure are in place first.  Here are some suggestions and tips regarding prepping your home for an initial real estate showing.

Choose A Realtor Who Works For You

In the real estate market, there are realtors who focus on helping their client buy homes or sell their homes and sometimes both. They are also referred to as a buyer's agent or seller's agent. You'll want to make sure that your realtor is a seller's agent. This means that he will work for you to get the highest price possible out of the sale of your home. If you're approached by another realtor who has an interested buyer, he will likely wish to negotiate the terms of a purchase offer to meet the needs of his client—the buyer. Hire a realtor who puts your best interest first to make a profitable and quick real estate transaction at closing.  

Clear Up The Clutter

Your collection of bright red hand stitched towels and large roosters may be the focal point of your kitchen, but could be a turnoff for someone looking for a more traditional style. Removing knick-knacks and theme-based decor may help you improve your chances of finding the right buyer quicker. Box up unneeded decor and try to keep things neutral, and simple. Allow your home to showcase its highlights that it has to offer such as oak cabinets, hardwood flooring and lots of closet space.

Make Necessary Repairs

Try to avoid listing your home when there are repairs that need to be done. If something is broken or damaged, have it repaired or replaced right away, such as:

  • A leaky roof or basement
  • Appliances that no longer work
  • A HVAC unit that is out of date and doesn't heat or cool effectively
  • Scratched or damaged hardwood or laminate flooring
  • Plumbing leaks or clogged toilets

Fixing these issues now will prevent a potential buyer from making an offer or accepting your home at your listing price.

Add Some Curb Appeal

When someone interested in buying your home drives by, the first thing they'll notice is how it looks at first glance. Here are some things you can do to help spruce up appearances:

  • Paint your front door a bold color that matches the exterior
  • Repair all cosmetic items including missing siding or shutters
  • Remove overgrown bushes and out-of-control tree branches
  • Add mulch and colorful annual flowers for an instant splash of color

Keeping things tidy by removing junk and kid's toys from the yard also helps to boost curb appeal.

Attracting the right buyers should be your main priority. Contact a real estate company who sells homes, and works for you as the seller's agent.