Getting Ready to Sell Your Home
If you’ve decided to put your house up for sale, now is the time to plan ahead and do some things that could help your home sell faster. Here are some items to check off your list to help you get a head start.
◘ Replace that broken/cracked light switch
◘ Remove excessive pictures and knick-knacks from walls and shelves
◘ Remove all religious symbols and pictures
◘ Replace all burned out bulbs
◘ Patch up those holes and gouges in the walls
◘ If you don’t use it or need it (whatever that may be), get rid of it
◘ If it’s been sitting in your basement waiting to be repaired, recycle it or give it away
◘ Unclutter that cluttered closet
◘ Prepack items you don't need while selling
◘ Stop smoking in the house. Air out the house and do your best to remove all odors.
◘ Get bids from contractors for that land-scaping and roof work you’ve been putting off
◘ Oil those squeaky doors and tighten upthose loose knobs
◘ Get bids for repairing or replacing all broken windows
◘ Remove lawn clutter, decorations and toys
◘ Make sure your homeowner's policy is in place
◘ Lastly, talk to a REALTOR® about your plans
If you only do even a few things on this list now, preparing to put your home on the market will be less hectic. Your can give you additional tips!
Don't Take For Granted the Curb Appeal of Your Home
When you're preparing your house for sale, remember the importance of first impressions. It only takes 30 seconds for a buyer to get a first impression. First impressions can make or break whether they even want to go inside for a look. It is estimated that more than half of all houses are sold before the buyers even get out of their cars. With that in mind, be sure to stand outside of your home and take a realistic fresh look, and then ask yourself what can be done to improve the "curb appeal.” Also, ask your Realtor's opinion as to how to improve the curb appeal. Whether it’s painting, siding or deck repair, landscaping, or pouring a new driveway, it could make a difference in your final sales price. ■
Minor landscaping is a great way to spruce up the outside of your home. Trimming bushes, planting a few trees and lots of flowers, adding potted plants, and patching those bald spots in your grass can help your home sell faster.
Gardening Tip: Fall is the best time of year to plant trees, shrubs, and bulbs.
Many agents and homeowners don’t realize the risk of liability they put themselves in when a pet occupies a residence. It is true that most pets are friendly and are excited to have visitors. The worse they could do to a prospective buyer or an agent is lick them to death! Right? There are unseen dangers that a good Realtor® will consider prior to showing your home to the public.
How can my lovable, sweet Fido be dangerous? Many pets are excited to have visitors. They greet people at the door with kisses, follow them around the house wanting attention, then a disaster happens. A friendly dog or cat following a visitor down a flight of steps accidentally trips the visitor causing them to fall. You, as the homeowner, get a letter from an attorney notifying you that you are being sued. This is exactly what every homeowner dreads.
My Fido is scary? Some people are afraid of pets. Yes, even your lovable Fido can scare a visitor to the point of panic and falling in an attempt to get away from him. For us pet lovers, it’s difficult to understand that some people have a fear of animals, either from a past experience or simply by culture. But, whether your pet of choice is a dog, cat, rabbit, pig, lizard, or snake, it is the policy of Arter PROPERTIES that all pets be kenneled, caged, or gated to a specific area of your home prior to showings or open houses. This includes any other occasion, such as inspections, that would require a visitor to your home for real estate purposes.
WE DO BUSINESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FAIR HOUSING ACT. IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY PERSON BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, HANDICAP, FAMILIAL STATUS, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.
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