Sell With Confidence
When you start the process of selling a house, it can seem a little overwhelming. Below you will find tips from our real estate experts so you can feel more confident about selling your home.
Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.
- Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
- Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
- Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
- Say goodbye to every room.
- Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.
- Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted.
- You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there!
- You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”
People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.
- If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
- Remove all books from bookcases.
- Pack up those knickknacks.
- Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
- Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
- Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
Rearrange Bedroom Closets & Kitchen Cabinets.
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
- Alphabetize spice jars.
- Neatly stack dishes.
- Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
- Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
- Line up shoes.
Rent a Storage Unit.
- Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage.
- Since your bookcases are now empty, store them.
- Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger.
- Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around.
- You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”
Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
Make Minor Repairs.
- Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
- Patch holes in walls.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
- Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls. (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)
- Replace burned-out light bulbs. If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!
Make the House Sparkle!
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
- Clean out cobwebs.
- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Vacuum daily.
- Wax floors.
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
- Bleach dingy grout.
- Replace worn rugs.
- Hang up fresh towels.
- Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
- Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.
- Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
- Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
- Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
- Make sure window coverings hang level.
- Tune in to the room’s statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
- Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished.
Check Curb Appeal.
If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.
- Keep the sidewalks cleared.
- Mow the lawn.
- Paint faded window trim.
- Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
- Trim your bushes.
- Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.
Selling Tips To Sell Your Home In Rockwall
FOLLOWING ARE A FEW TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU’RE SELLING A HOME:
START FROM THE OUTSIDE, AND WORK YOUR WAY IN
Don’t underestimate the importance of drive-up appeal. A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clean walkway all help make a good first impression. Also, repair or replace damaged screens, glass panes, door hardware and other outdoor fixtures.
INVEST IN PAINT
Paint livens up a dingy room and makes it fresh and more appealing. Use soothing colors like white or other neutral tones.
Open your curtains, shades or drapes to let in the sun and brighten the room. Washing windows inside and out will add a sparkle to your room. Also, turn on lamps or accent lighting and replace missing lightbulbs. This helps to make the room more inviting.
MEND MINOR FLAWS
Check squeaky and hard-to-open windows, doors, door knobs, drawers and sliding-glass doors for ease of operation and provide adjustments or lubrication as necessary. Make sure all your plumbing is in working order, too. And always clean rust and soiled spots, empty trash baskets and deodorize pet and smoking areas.
DECORATIVE KITCHENS SELL A HOME
Create a comfortable atmosphere in the kitchen with colorful curtains, cup towels and place mats. Clear countertops of appliances and add green plants or bowls of fruit. Remember, prospective buyers will look inside cabinets, so make space in cabinets and clean inside and out.
BLEND COLOR AND CONVENIENCE IN BATHROOMS
Remove clutter from bathroom vanities and cabinets. Be sure to scrub the sinks, tub, shower, and polish mirrors and chrome. Always clean the floors and walls, and deodorize the area. Put out nice towels, and add some scented soaps or candle.
LIVING AND DINING AREAS REVEAL INTERESTS
Arrange your living- and dining-room furniture to create an open, friendly effect. Straighten cluttered bookshelves and discard excess papers. Clean all the carpets, and polish the furniture and hardwood floors. By adding a few logs in the fireplace, and magazines, books and flowers to the coffee table, you’ll portray an inviting and well-maintained home.
FAMILY ROOMS ARE FOR RELAXATION
In family rooms, you should store games and sports equipment or arrange them in attractive containers. Your goal is to eliminate the clutter. Turn off all entertainment units and play soft, relaxing music. Place furniture in conversational groups, and showcase books and magazines on tables or shelves.
BEDROOMS MUST INVITE REST AND PEACE
Avoid a crowded look in the bedroom by removing excess furniture and unnecessary items — keeping the room light and bright. Attractive, clean and crisp bed linens, with decorative pillows and shams, are important to help add peace and tranquility to the room. Arrange nightstands to display books, plants and family photos.
VALUE GOES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Permit visitors to see the value of your property from the front entrance to the back and through the garage. Remove unnecessary artifacts, and neatly arrange stored boxes and cartons. Darker spaces may be lightened with new paint or additional lights in room and for stairs.