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PREPARING YOUR HOUSE TO SELL

 WHO WILL BE LOOKING AT YOUR HOUSE?

A.  FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE CRITICAL!  You only have one chance to make a first impression!

B.  For a Buyer to make an offer, your home must be priced right and look better than comparable homes on the market.

C.  Buyers in today's real estate market are smart consumers who lead busy lives.  They are not looking for a home that they need to repair or clean before they move in.

D.  It is reported that 90% of today's buyers are looking on the internet for homes that peak their interest. That is why we concentrate on marketing our homes on the internet.

PREPARE WELL BEFORE SHOWING

 Homes tend to sell more quickly and for higher prices when they show their best.

  • Make sure all major systems are working - electrical, plumbing, heat and air.
  • Clear all unnecessary objects from counter-tops and furniture, keeping decorative items to a minimum.
  • Rearrange furniture for openness; remove and store as needed.
  • Remove any unhealthy plants.
  • Straighten, pack and store items that clutter bookshelves or office areas.
  • Have carpets cleaned (if necessary.)
  • Repair and paint any walls and ceiling cracks.
  • Clean and polish light fixtures, polish woodwork and furniture.
  • Clean cabinets inside and out, vents and exhaust hoods.
  • Clean inside and out of all appliances.
  • Check light bulbs, replace if needed.
  • Replace counter tile or grout as needed in kitchen and bathrooms.

MAKE YOUR HOME A MEMORY


Make your home inviting, a place where the buyer would want to live.

  • Use logs and fireplace accessories
  • Put linens on table
  • Use flowers and Potpourri
  • Drape an afghan over a chair or couch
  • Rearrange pictures to highlight special areas
  • Add a new throw rug
  • Bake cookies
  • Have soft music playing
  • Arrange toys to look fun and inviting
  • Open a book on a night stand or coffee table
  • Arrange decorative pillows or shams on the beds
  • Add scented soaps, candies or potpourri
  • Add a large plant, wreath or doormat at the entrance 
  • Put out fresh pine straw as needed
  • Be sure all beds are made
  • Be sure kitchen is clean and free of dirty dishes
  • Clear the refrigerator fronts of messages, pictures, etc.
  • Keep pets out of site
  • Remove any clutter from walk ways and driveways
  • If drapes are torn and hanging, remove them
  • Clean windows if needed
In other words, look at your house through the buyer's eyes.

ESTIMATING THE VALUE OF YOUR HOUSE    

There are many factors that can influence the value of a home. You never assume that the house is worth the same as it was when it was initially bought. Inflation will be one absolute factor that will alter today's value of the house.

Housing trends in your area can lead to a significant increase or decrease in the overall value of the property.
  • What are some of the trends that were popular years ago and are no longer of value when selling your  house?
  • Some improvements that have been made to the home can influence its value.
  • What are some improvements that would not add to the value?
  • Does the zip code or city the house is in play a role in the value of the house?
Because of the shifting of the real estate market in the past several years, most homeowner's are unsure what their house is worth.

Homes that have closed within the last 6 months are our comparable sales.

The single most important factor to consider when listing a house is the price tag.  After 21 days, demand and interest begin to go away.  Pricing is all about supply and demand.

Gather your data  Know what the market is, in your particular neighborhood.  The bottom line is that homes sell at a price the buyer is willing to pay and a seller is willing to sell.

Our Locations

Hutson Realty 200 Eagles Nest Drive Building 100A   Canton, GA  30115 770.345.4545