Getting House Ready To Sell Checklist
A common question that I receive from individuals who want to sell their Kansas City real estate is “how long will it take to sell it?” Well, even the most experienced realtors and market analysts will have a hard time giving you a definite date. The reason is that several factors determine sales of real estate in Kansas City or anywhere globally. Chief among them are location, age, staging, durability, design, appearance and condition. Some of these conditions are beyond you as a house owner who wants to sell.
However, you can leverage the adjustable conditions to get your house sold as soon as possible with a great price. Among the factors that you can control include staging, condition and design of the home. Fortunately, you can make the changes within a short period. From planning, de-cluttering, optimizing to preparing for your first showing, getting house ready to sell checklist doesn’t only help put a plan together but will help get top dollar when selling.
To learn more about getting house ready to sell checklist, here is an enlightening read for you with a few tips to help get your house for sale in Kansas City and the surrounding areas.
- Plan in advance
Getting your house sold should be strategic. For this reason, it’s best to plan meticulously before making the necessary adjustment. First off, take your time to walk through the exterior and interior parts of the house. As you pass through each section and rooms, put yourself in the position of a buyer and criticize the property. Ensure that you are not sentimental in your assessment. Additionally, getting professional advice from experienced local real estate agent will come in handy. Alternatively, you can hire a professional home inspector to check out any necessary repairs. With their experience, they can easily identify areas or materials to repair, replace or reconstruct. However, discuss with your local agent before hiring an inspection as there are both positives and cons in doing so. So don't jump the gun before ordering an inspection.
- De-clutter and depersonalize
Given that you have walked through the house initially, you would have noted areas that need cleaning and de-cluttering. Dust off the hardwood floor and keep it neat. Don’t forget to clean the drapes and stains on the carpets. Fill any holes and cracks in the wall. Parts of your depersonalization effort include painting the interior walls with a neutral color. Check the room closets and organize them to show that they offer good space. It’s advisable to maximize the furniture by rearranging the items to make the room(s) seem larger. Consider taking away child toys, magazines, medications, family pictures, and other valuable collections, including cash and jewelry.
- Optimize the appeal
From the trims, shutters to the doors, paint the exteriors neatly. Is the doorbell working? Place the welcome mat nicely and wash the sliding and windows. Spend time cleaning the entryway and mow the lawn. These will help catch the interest of your prospects right from the entrance. Repair any leaky part of the roof; you don’t want your buyers pointing to any holes in your roof. Do you have pets? Clean up their droppings. Cleaning the downspouts and gutters are non-negotiable. All these will improve your house appeal considerably.
- Check bathroom and kitchen
These two areas usually say a lot about your house. So, it’s important to give them special attention. Aside from scrubbing the tiles in both areas, ensure that you mob and polish the floor. If you have outdated hardware, remove or replace them. Clean the pantry, drawers and cabinets. Check for old caulking around your bathtubs and sinks, remove them. Also, you want to remove any stain on the sink. It’s pertinent to clear your countertops, one of the more obvious areas in your kitchen. Place fresh towels on the hanger and close your toilet lids. All these efforts will surely keep your prospects wanting to seal a deal.
- Pay attention to details
Scaling your property requires paying attention to the detail. Since not everyone does this, it’s an advantage for you. Turn on the lights for showing. First impressions make a BIG difference. Endeavour to open the windows and let cool breeze flows in. For the light, install high wattage incandescent bulbs if you can. It will help brighten the room and appeal to your customer’s senses. Refrain from putting on the TV and relocate your pets into their pen. Don’t smoke in the house when you put up your house for sale.
- Flaunt your house’s beauties
Showing off your hardwood floors is a welcome idea. Also, you can showcase the nice views close to your home by pulling back drapes. Set the potted plants on the deck or front porch. Light your fireplace and keep the home warm just before the arrival of your prospective buyers. Keep the pool area and backyard clean and appealing. These are tricks that work.
Whether you are considering getting your house ready for sale in Kansas City or anywhere for that matter, the checklist above will come in handy in getting top buyers for your property in a short time. Ordinarily, with the several conditions that influence house sale, it might take some days or a few weeks before you find an ideal buyer. However, if you can implement the ideas from getting house ready to sell checklist herein, you can be confident of landing a top buyer soon.
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About the Author: The above article, Getting House Ready to Sell Checklist, was provided by Suzanne Hinton, an area specialist for the Kansas City Metro housing market including the surrounding areas in Kansas and Missouri.
Suzanne has assisted thousands of families and individuals with buying and selling their homes.
I help individuals buy and sell Real Estate in the following Metro Kansas City areas: Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee KS and Blue Springs, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, MO.