Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Most buyers today in all price ranges are looking for a move-in ready home.  After your buyer signs a contract to purchase your home, they will schedule an inspection.  In Texas, this is like round two of the negotiations to sell your home.  To avoid this round two, get a home inspection.  This and a few other things are today’s blog – Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale.

1. Get an inspection

Your response may be – “but my buyer is going to get an inspection.  If I get an inspection, isn’t that a waste of money?”  Absolutely not.  For $250 to $400, you can get an inspection completed and the inspector will advise you of everything that may need to be fixed or that your buyer may ask for during the inspection period (or in Texas the option period is when you get the inspection).  Some buyers may even cancel the contract if they don’t like the inspection results.  In my opinion, a pre-sale inspection is money well spent.  Depending on what your inspector finds, you can fix the defects, or leave them “as is.”  For the big ticket items (e.g. roof, HVAC) get an estimate to determine if you have the cash available to make the repairs or if you need to finance the repairs.  Big ticket items, if not repaired will adversely affect the sales price and / or the ability to resell your home.  Minor items (e.g. burned out light bulbs, broken light switch, et al) should be fixed because your buyer will see these items as an indication of lack of maintenance on your part.

2.  Stage Your House to Look Like a Model Home

You read that correctly.  You want your house to look like it’s not lived in.  I always recommend bringing in an expert third party – a stager to assist with this process.  A stager has the ability to use your current furniture and decorations to make the house stand out from the competition.  We will provide the first hour at no cost, time after the first hour is at your expense – but once again, this is money well spent.  A staged home will sell for more than an unstaged home, all other things being equal.

3.  Make Ready Cleaning

I also recommend what I call a “Make Ready” cleaning.  A clean house is another indication to your prospective buyer that your house is well maintained.

4.  Wash Windows

Most make ready companies won’t clean windows too – so I recommend having a window cleaner come in and clean the interior and exterior of all windows.  One more thing that will make your house shine compared to the house down the street.

That’s the tips for today – more Home Sale tips in a future blog.

I look forward to seeing you at the closing table.

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3 Responses to “Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale”

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  2. douglasc says:

    Thanks Popi!!

  3. Popi Winters says:

    Great blog and great information for home buyers. The Curtis Team is professional and amazing to work along side.

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