Steps to Prepare to Sell Your Home

Debbie Warford
Debbie Warford
Published on December 28, 2019
Homes Sold

1. Decide on a Listing Date

One of the first steps is to decide when you want to put your house on the market. Having the home on the market first week school is out is the best time according to all the stats at Texas A&M Data Center

2. Hire a REALTOR®

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Hire a Realtor

Call an Experienced REALTOR® like me with 20 years in Dallas TX Area as a Real Estate/ Broker/Owner/Author of several real estate books. Nationally recognized for my successful online marketing strategies, I have the expertise and money, yes it takes lots of money to market sellers’ homes. Young inexperienced agents, that join the franchise agencies, barely are paying the rent much less have spending money to market your home. This marketing will be designed to gather enough qualified buyers to come and see your home. We need about 20 showings to get a Full Price offer. Contact me 30 days before the chosen “be on the market date.”

3. Give the House a Deep Clean

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Deep Clean

After all, a clean, appealing, well-maintained home has much better odds of selling, selling for more, and selling faster.
When looking at your house, the thing you need to keep repeating to yourself is that “first impressions are lasting impressions.” This couldn’t be truer when it comes to selling real estate.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should take on a major renovation project just so that you can sell your property. Remember, there are no guarantees that you would recover the costs of an enormous overhaul.
Instead, take a more conservative approach, and have a look at the different cosmetic improvements that can be made for an overall improvement. These can include things such as cleaning, painting, refinishing, and other such efforts. These are the projects that don’t require all that much capital, and yet they make an immeasurable improvement to the overall look of your home.

4. Get Rid of the Clutter

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Rid of Clutter

When showing your home to potential buyers, be sure to de-clutter prior to the photographer coming into the home to take pictures for the MLS and for marketing to the hundreds of real estate online sites and of course Social Media and YouTube. Pack away the little things that you do not feel reflect a welcoming space for them. Remember that buyers will be looking for storage space. Cleaning out closets, cabinets, and garages. Donate clothing and other items of use and throw out items that are broken or you know you don’t want to move to your new home. You want to make your home look open with a lot of space for them to move their things in.

5. Make Needed Repairs and Updates

Home Repairs

You may look at the leaky faucet and think of a $10 part at Home Depot. To a buyer, this is a $100 plumbing bill. Walkthrough each room and consider how buyers are going to react to what they see. Make a complete list of all needed repairs. It will be more efficient to have them all done at once. Use a handyman to fix the items quickly. When a house needs obvious repairs, buyers will assume that there are more problems than meet the eye. Take care of repairs before marketing your home. Your home will sell faster and for a higher price. To help attract buyers and get top dollar for your home, consider updates such as repainting rooms with neutral paint colors, replacing worn flooring, and replacing kitchen and bathroom and faucet and lighting fixtures. 

6. Spruce up Curb Appeal

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Curb Appeal

With so many potential buyers viewing homes on the Internet, first impressions are essential. If your house doesn’t stand out the next listing is only a click away. A great exterior will not only stop a surfer, but it will also get a drive-by buyer to ask for a showing. Don’t underestimate the power of curb appeal! 

First, take care of the obvious: Poor exterior maintenance will have potential buyers wondering what else you didn’t keep up. Trim back unruly bushes, mow the lawn and add mulch to tidy up garden beds. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. If the exterior of the home needs caulk and paint if you have the budget and your home truly needs to be painted. It will help sell your home for more money and faster, every single time. The property should look well taken care of.

This family added this screened-in porch to their home and we were the highest-priced home in the subdivision, under contract in 3 days with multiple offers.

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Contact me now if you want to get started on selling your home.

Debbie Warford
Debbie Warford

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