Thinking of Selling in 2009 then now is the time to start getting prepared.
If you are thinking that you may want to sell this spring then I suggest you take a proactive approach to getting your home and property prepared for sale. In this market when all we keep hearing is " it's a buyer's market" the best way to get top dollar for your home now is to get a head start on the process.
If you want to feasibly have your home on the market, sign in the ground, and showing ready by May 1st then March 1st is not a bad time to start meeting with your local REALTOR. A good agent will help you sit down , go through your home, and get a plan of attack. Sure, this will mean some homework assignments for you but if it means less time on the market and more dollars in your pocket then isn't it worth it??
A good agent can generally lead you through your home , inside and out, and tell you small things that you can do to make a difference to prospective buyers. Some of this is staging and some of this is basic maintenance that you often will not think about when you live in a home every day. A few small examples of this I will list below:
- Clean up the front door and door knob .. make your buyers first impression of your home functional and clean not sticky and hard to open. These first impressions leave a buyer with the idea that everything inside will be as functional as this 1st experience is..
- Open doors and cabinets in your home.. You know buyers will, so do it yourself. Is everything orderly and tidy? Is there room so they have the idea that the home is spacious and large or is everything shoved in and disorganized leaving the impression that you have outgrown the home and it is small and contained.
- Depersonalize! Make your home spacious enough so buyers can see themselves living there but not Baron so that it has a cold, empty feel. Again, a REALTOR in your area can help you see the difference.
Many people often ask about vacant land.. How can I prepare that for sale? Well, a local expert will go over with you the best way to stage your land so that a prospective buyer can actually "see"it.
So, if spring is when you were thinking of selling don't be discouraged call an expert. Now, is not the time to cut corners, it is the time to hire the best and most qualified for the job.
Julie Paez, REALTOR click here to visit my website for additional information.