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Our Newsletter: May, 2015

Great Tips to do before you List your Home for Sale

By Richard Patrick of LazrWeb Services | May 5th, 2015

Spring is here, so if you're thinking about selling your home, now's the time to get your house in order. Staging and getting your home ready to list can take as little as a month with proper planning and execution. If your home is already in good shape and you're working with a competent real estate agent, they can guide you through the process. We've included the time it takes in the following tips.

From about sixty days or more from your target listing date:

Find a real good real estate agent. This is probably the single most important item in the whole process. You need to engage an agent who is reliable and dependable, one willing to help you and guide you through the entire process. It works in your favor to speak with several real estate professionals, and ideally, get referrals from friends, neighbors or family.

It is a good idea to check the recent references from at least three clients of an agent you may be considering. Before signing a contract, be very sure of the agent's commission. Most of the time, more than half of the real estate agents we consulted said they do negotiate their commissions about fifty percent of the time. Their average commission is 4 percent, not the 6 percent that is industry standard.

Forty-five days to listing

Complete any significant upgrades or repairs now. Stick to the kitchen and bathrooms, which are the two most important rooms that will sell your house. Our research has found that investing about $2,200 on new suite of appliances including a new dishwasher, refrigerator, range and dishwasher; will return, on average about an extra $6,000 plus from your investment. Seriously reflect on replacing worn or broken bath fixtures as well as the sink countertop, if you have a single sink, installing a dual sink in the bath is a great idea.

A fresh coat of paint in any room or high-traffic areas within your home, and do not forget to paint the front door, which is a splendid use of your time and money, which again, will help sell your home.

Thirty days to listing

Clean up every room and get rid of all the clutter. Nothing turns off a potential buyer quicker than a house full of clutter. Clutter is anything that is hiding the true beauty of your home. It is family pictures and porcelain figurines. It is old magazines and newspapers. It is jackets and clothes that should be hung up away in a closet. It is unorganized children's toys and unkempt book shelves. Simple and clean sells.

They need to be able to project themselves and their belonging in your home. If your stuff is piled high everywhere, they can't see your homes beauty, and it is a major turn off. Any closet or storage area are huge selling points, so clean up and straighten out and organize all your closets, including kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well.

These simple tips generally add on about five percent more to a home's value, which works out to about $10,000 or more on a typical property.

Two weeks to listing

Take good pictures of your home. Research on line how to photograph a home and the rooms within. Being able to attract buyers from an ad is a genuine first step. It is what lures them into your home, make them want to see more. In today's arena of online real estate, this one step is fundamental. If you have a top-quality real estate agent, they will should have access to a professional photographer, and if they're smart, maybe even a professional home stager too.

If they try to sell you on using their smart phone for home pictures, do not even consider going that route. An up-to-date digital camera is compulsory because its designed to handle the low interior light to take clearer pictures. Be sure to photograph each and every room in the house, as well as the front exterior and backyard, showing the whole property.

Seven days to listing

Do a thorough deep cleaning. Before the agent gets the open house going for buyers, you'll need to completely dust and wipe down every single surface in the house. Vacuum every rug and dust out every corner and window sill. Clean and dust every table and piece of furniture you have. Open the windows to air out your home and add some potpourri bowls in the bathrooms.

Have common good sense and do not cook salmon or any other equally odorous dish the night before an open house.

One to two days out

The right time to list your home online. Home buyers take a good hard look at house listings the few days before the Friday. Internet traffic on the weekends is about 30% higher than any other time of the week. So considering that fact; make sure you or your agent has your listing with clear pictures for your open house ad published by Wednesday or Thursday latest.

Make sure you have gone through all the tips offered here and you stand a much better chance of getting great results and some great offers!

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