SELLING A HOME
Why choose a Connect Realty Agent ?
Connect Realty Agents are experienced with all facets of the sales transaction and have a thorough knowledge of internet driven marketing strategies. Our emphasis on technology gives our clients a distinct advantage in locating buyers whether the market up or down.
We have agents in over 80 Markets across the country and our Agents will place your home in the most visited search sites in America. With over 90% of buyers beginning their home search online, Connect Realty is well equipped to sell your home.
Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
The key to preparing your home for sale is to start thinking like a buyer. Your home may be perfect for you just the way it is, but you want your home to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Your home should appear cared for, organized and clean. You want the buyer to feel like they could move right in and feel at home.
- Make sure the lawn is well manicured and re-sod any dead patches. There should be no weeds in the yard and bushes and trees should be trimmed so that buyers can see the home clearly. There should be no toys, tools or other “yard clutter.” Season permitting, plant some flowers and “green up” the yard with a little extra watering and fertilizer.
- The front door should be freshly painted and hardware should be free from rust. The front door is one of the best ways to create a good first impression when buyers arrive at your home. If you have a front porch, put out some attractive flowers or plants. Put out a welcome mat.
- Power- wash the exterior of the home. Make sure the driveways, garage doors, and outside doors are all clean. If a deck is worn out, paint or stain. Repair broken or rusty fences.
- Open the window coverings, if possible, so that the home has good available light. Make sure the windows and window sills are clean.
- To make the rooms look larger, remove furniture in rooms that appear over crowed.
- Paint or touch up the walls so that they have no marks on them. Make sure the touch up paint matches because if it doesn’t, the walls can look worse.
- Have the carpets cleaned and stretched. Make sure there is no loose or curling carpet. If the carpet is worn out, it should be replaced. If you have pets, hire a professional to deodorize the carpet.
- Replace, clean or paint air vent covers.
- Make sure all light bulbs are working. If you have dark areas in the home, you might want to consider bringing in a light fixture. Turn on all lights prior to showings.
- Remove personal items from the home. This not only helps the buyer to visualize him or herself in the home but it is a good idea for your security.
- Remove all items from the kitchen counters, reduce and organize items in the food pantry, clean the inside of the cabinets and make sure they appear organized and clutter free, clean the inside of the oven and the stove. Try to leave the dishwasher empty for showings.
- Bathrooms should be spotless. There should be no stains on toilets, sinks, tubs and/or showers. The inside of all drawers and cabinets should be clean and organized. No leaky faucets. Shower curtains should be fresh and free from mildew. Caulk around tubs, showers and sinks should be fresh and without mold. Make sure you have removed all personal items from cabinets and drawers.
- Clean out all closets and de-clutter. Shoes should be organized and clothes should be hung neatly. Remember the fewer items you have in your closet, the larger your closet appears.
- It is important that your home smells fresh and clean. Make sure trash cans are emptied and clean. There should be no pet food left out during showings.
- Turn on all outside lights for evening showings.