How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Here's How to Prepare Your Home for Sale:

1.        Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house -- a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
  • ​Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • ​Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room
  • Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

2.        De-Personalize.

  • Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

3.        De-Clutter!

People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.

  • If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use
  •  Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

4.        Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets. 

Buyers love to snoop and will open closet 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. This means:

  • Alphabetize spice jars
  • Neatly stack dishes
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.

5.        Rent a Storage Unit. 

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. 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 scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"

6.        Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

7.        Make Minor Repairs.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tile
  • Patch holes in walls
  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls. (Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs
  • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

8.        Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior
  • Clean out cobwebs
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Vacuum daily
  • Wax floors
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
  • Bleach dingy grout
  • Replace worn rugs
  • Hang up fresh towels
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no

9.        Scrutinize.

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense
  • Make sure window coverings hang level
  • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
  •  Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

10.     Check Curb Appeal.

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.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared
  • Mow the lawn
  • Paint faded window trim
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive
  • Trim your bushes
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number

Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.

Laurie Williams
Remax Properties of the Summit
220 S Main St.
PO Box 4600
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Phone: 970-485-3994
Email: laurie@SummitCountySkiProperty.com
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Thank you very much for working with us while buying this property. It was a huge help having someone we trusted to look at things for us when we weren’t there and you went above and beyond in helping us. It could have really been a challenge buying something so far away but you made it easy. You were prompt and professional in making sure everything was handled as needed and we appreciate it very much. We hope to see you sometime when we are there enjoying our new place. Steve Driver
We recently contracted with Laurie Williams to market our condo in Frisco, Colorado. My wife and I have been totally pleased and satisfied with both our friendly relationship and her professional talent. Our condo sold in record time for a full price offer. All the complexity of marketing and selling were handled expertly and relieved us of the usual headaches. We strongly endorse Laurie Williams, Re/Max Properties of the Summit, as the best realtor in Summit County. Larry of NC
Just wanted to pass on how pleased we are when looking back at how things worked out for us with the Ensign property. I don’t think we could have found a better place for us and we fully recognize how lucky we were to be working with you, and at the perfect time. Thank you John and Karen Woods
Patient, Persistent and Professional....That would be the top three words I would use for our experience working with Laurie Williams at Remax (Breckenridge). Lots happened between our first house hunting tour and now. All the while Laurie stayed in touch, kept us apprised of opportunities, and even showed us some more houses during holiday visits. She kept looking for a deal that would meet our growing family needs. We purchased a home that we expect to make lifelong memories in. Laurie was a great advocate for us as we finalized the transaction long distance, and finally closed just a week ago.....on our 31st wedding anniversary. Through the patience to stay with us, the persistence to keep us informed and the professionalism to negotiate, finalize and close the deal, we are now proud owners in Breckenridge. Thanks to the team for the support. Looking forward to the future. Rich and Jani Crawford
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Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.