Selling a home requires you to pay attention to how a property appears to buyers. Improving curb appeal, keeping the home tidy and making it look fresh and modern can attract more potential buyers and may result in a quick and easy home sale. There are several tasks homeowners may undertake to prepare their homes for a sale that require them to spend money. For example, making repairs or home improvements, hiring a home inspector to assuage buyer concerns and improving a property’s curb appeal are common among sellers.
However, there are several other low-cost but equally important tasks sellers should take that carry a great deal of importance.
Rid the home of unsightly features or scents
Walking into a home that smells odd or foul can quickly turn a buyer the other way. In some cases, homeowners may be accustomed to the smell of their home and not even realize that it may smell off to outsiders. For example, individuals who have cats may grow used to the odor of their cat’s litter box, and smokers may be oblivious to the scent of cigarettes. Other smells may be less subtle, such as the scent of a dusty basement. It’s important to purge a home of these odors by doing a thorough cleaning. To avoid the overpowering smell of cleaning supplies, use non-odorous products and light soft-scented candles.
In addition, it’s also important to remove unsightly objects or features from view. For example, many homeowners with pets overlook litter boxes, dog beds and chew toys during the showing. On the same topic, pet hair all over the house is also a turnoff.
Owners with chipped paint, old wallpaper or holes and scratches in the walls should also update these features before a showing. The same goes for thoroughly cleaning carpets and countertops to remove stains.
Out with the old, in with the new
Making small purchases to freshen up a home is another cost-effective way to entice more buyers. For example, toss out old bed comforters, place mats, kitchen rugs and hand towels. Replace them with new and brighter additions to spruce up the room. In addition, simple tasks, such as replacing older light bulbs and washing windows, can add more brightness and shine to a room.
The key is to make the home appear as neat and fresh as possible, and adding a few new items can give the property an entirely fresh appearance. For more advice, tweet to us at @Coldwellbanker.
We are seeing a fantastic rise of sales of homes in the past few months! Even experiencing homes being listed and pending within just a few short days! How exciting is that?!
Utilizing internet technology has become one of our greatest accomplishments in listing homes.
Here is a few ways that we bring your home into light using the internet:
Choosing your real estate professional is perhaps, the most important decision you will make when selling property. The more you look around the more we think you will see why it makes sense to list with us. We don’t sit back and wait for buyers to come to us. We aggressively put your list your property in the places people are looking!
We Aggressively Market Your Property through Mega Listing Sites and Social Media! All brokers are able to post your property in the MLS which is a good start – but only one piece of the pie. The Internet allows potential buyers to look in many places. We not only put your listing in the local MLS, but we also push our listings to the KEY popular real estate mega sites that have show good results for driving traffic and interest to our listings and our site.
We harness the power of the major Mega Listing sites such as Zillow, Trulia, YouTube, Google Videos, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, AOL Videos, and more. The bottom line is that we post your listings to the most popular websites on the planet!
We look forward to selling your home!
There is no question in my mind that across Washington State and Nationally the Real Estate Market is greatly improving. I recently attended a two day convention with Coldwell Banker and attended a session with state wide economist. I was very encouraged to hear what I was reading and hearing from The Seattle Times and my associates in Coldwell Banker Bain (933 agents) and Coldwell Banker Danforth (357 agents) ! They were saying the market is now in a spin with multiple offers, upward bidding, and 19% price appreciation. Like our motto at Coldwell Banker LaVigne when asked.. "hows the market doing?"… we say "UNBELIEVABLE!" And that reflection on the local market is said with honesty and integrity which is how we at Coldwell Banker LaVigne run our business.
For the last three years, our local market of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Chelan has been unbelievably poor. Our market resisted stubbornly, a recessionary correction and the National trend, i.e. down in price and number of sales. Our living working community hung on with fewer short sales and foreclosures than would have been expected. It is as if a huge wave of correction surged across the greater part of the State and our Wenatchee area withstood the current connection with sellers saying, “we purchased for….spent… in extensive remodeling… and we just can’t admit the reality of the market conditions, appraisals and comparables sales. Now, as the Greater Seattle area rebounds, we are caught in the back wash of a wave of correction. Our Market is just beginning to improve. Inventory is down, new listings are selling, Coldwell Banker LaVigne is seeing quick sales, even days, in spite a sham marketing promising they sell quicker… the data shows contrary. Our State wide economist convinced me with clear market matrix and statistics that we are coming into an amazing recovery. Now’s the time to sell!! Interest rates are historically low, clear price downward movement…”UNBELIEVABLE”!!! Our local market which trentds 6 months to a year behind Seattle is shifting from a buyers market, with aggressively low offers and closing cost concessions, to a sellers market! Buyers who are waiting for the bottom of the market only to discover they missed it! Think about this statistic that comes from out of research from Coldwell Bankers President, Budge Husky. “when listing with the national brand, Coldwell Banker, and Tom Sellic the voice of Coldwell Banker, sellers are realizing 20% high profitability when listing with Coldwell Banker. How’s the Market Doing? “Unbelievable”! at Coldwell Banker LaVigne.