Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to spruce up your home and keeping excellent communication with your Realtor. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into a desirable and marketable home
People collect an amazing quantity of stuff. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.
Buyers love to look and confirm there is enough room and will open closets and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well.
Pack up those family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want the buyers to be distracted by so many personal items. Don’t have your place crowed and overwhelming with your personal things. You want buyers to imagine their personal items, and they can't do that if yours are there! You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here.
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers not purchasing your property because they think the property is too small.
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room was a gift, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, they will not want it. Once you tell a buyer they can't have an item, it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.
With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask me, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" They wonder, and rightfully so, if they couldn't buy or sell a home through the Internet or through regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a real estate agent. Some do OK, many don't. So if you've wondered the same thing, here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent.
Ask your Realtor if they are a Full-Service Real Estate Agent. Full-Service Real Estate Agents offer more bang for your buck.
Even the smoothest transactions that closes without complications can come to create a bit of a work load later on.
Here are some helpful tips for the period immediately after the closing. What's a new homeowner to do?
1. Follow-up on your utility transfer.
You may have already started this process prior to closing. If not, that's okay too. Just be sure to follow up on electricity, gas, water, propane tank rental, security system contracts and other paid utilities in your area to ensure proper transfer. It will save you a lot of headache later on, and possibly even a "lights-out" scenario.
2. Complete a change of address form.
If you haven't done so already, visit the local post office. Do this early on, and you'll minimize the amount of mail that gets sent to and forwarded from your old address.
3. Update your address with financial companies.
When it comes to credit card statements and other financial documents, it's best to go a step beyond the change of address form. Contact your credit card company directly to change your address on record. You don't want financial documents being sent to a home you're no longer in.
4. Get a new driver's license.
Visit your Motor Vehicle Branch to find out the process for exchanging your driver's license. There's normally a grace period where you're allowed to drive with the old license, but after a while you'll run the risk of getting a ticket.
5. Obtain Insurance on your vehicle.
Visit your local insurance company and insure the appropriate insurance coverage is in place on your vehicles.
6. Ease into your mortgage payment.
If this is your first home, or if you've upgraded from a less expensive home, it's a good idea to ease into your mortgage payments. Give yourself a couple of months to adjust before making big purchases like furniture or home entertainment systems.
7. Keep copies of all paperwork related to the closing.
Although it might be tempting to shred the paperwork or put it in storage, you’ll want to have it in a safe place in case you need to reference and obtain any information.
8 .Keep proof of all expenses
There may be certain expense that you may be able to deduct, talk to your accountant. You will want to keep track of all your expenses such as travel, legal, appraisals & real estate.
9. Meet the neighbors.
If your neighbors don't come and introduce themselves, go say hello. Remember, these are the people who will keep an eye on your home when you're away.
10. Embrace your experience.
Lastly, take a deep breath of satisfaction. You're a new homeowner!