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What You Need to Know Before Selling Your Home

January 22, 2018 | By Jim Shaffer and Associates Realtors

Selling your home? We know you have questions. We had some of our top Listing Agents answer some of their most asked questions.

Is this a good time to list my home?

Yes! There are always buyers looking, and right now inventory is low. It is a great time to list!

Why should I work with a team instead of an independent agent? 

When you work with a team, there is always someone available to answer your questions. And because we have several buyers agents who are always working with clients, your property will always be top of mind with our agents.

What are some things I should take care of before I think about listing my home?

We always suggest getting your sewers scoped and all of your mechanicals (furnace, A/C, hot water heater, etc) serviced to ensure that you get top dollar for your property. Don't worry if you don't know anyone who does those things, we have referrals for those services that we can recommend.

What types of repairs or updates should I do to my home to get the highest purchase price? 

If you are doing repairs or improvements to your property, take advantage of the homes natural features, and invest more in your kitchens and bathrooms. If you have hardwood flooring under your carpet consider tearing it up and refinishing the floors rather then replacing the carpet. It helps to choose neutral paint colors when repainting and it is OK to have the entire home one color. When making improvements to your kitchen and bathrooms you can expect to see the largest return on your investments, but try to pick neutral finishes that appeal to a wider range of buyers. Shaker cabinets, neutral granite or quartz counters and earth-toned walls and accents make for a great start. You don't have to spend a ton of money to get it back at close, but making improvements in big-ticket areas will help you get the most return on your investment.

Besides repairs or updates, what do I need to do to get my home ready for showings? 

Keep in mind that you want the people touring your home to imagine themselves living there. So we suggest pairing down personal items, removing all seasonal decorations and doing a general de-clutter of the entire home. A good rule of thumb is to remove 1/3 of all closet contents, magnets from your refrigerator and any collectible or valuable items throughout your home. And storing those items doesn't have to cost you anything either. We tell our buyers the garage gets a pass for storage, while the basement should be kept need and tidy during showings. So if you have a garage, that is the best place to store those belongings you are packing up while selling your home.

Any tips for making your home show ready?

Because many showings can happen the same day, we always tell clients to make sure your home is "Show Ready" before you leave in the morning. That means beds made, rooms vacuumed, nothing lying around, the entire home clean, and we even suggest having a set of guest towels that you put out before a showing.

Of course, our agents will be more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns that you have regarding the sale of your home, feel free to reach out for more information.