March 4th, 2020 12:42 PM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON
Help Land a Good Offer
on Your Home—Fast!
We all want our homes to sell quickly once we
make the decision to move, but sometimes, time is truly of the essence. Maybe
your lifestyle is changing, you’re moving for work, or you’re finally building
the home of your dreams. Regardless of your driving motivation, if the time is
ripe, here are a few projects to help land a good offer and land it fast.
Whenever you live someplace for any length of
time, it’s natural to leave your personal mark on it. That personal mark,
though, will remind buyers you belong there and they don’t, so put away decor
and personal items throughout your house that make it feel like home. Your
mementos from family getaways, collections, unique pieces of artwork—pull the
personality out of your property so house hunters can picture themselves living
there instead of you.
In the course of depersonalizing, For Sale By Owner
recommends starting with the walls. This can be the time-consuming piece of the
depersonalizing puzzle, but it’s a must. If you have unusual wallpaper, bright
paint colors, or particular decor, it all needs to be swapped out for neutral
options. Stick with quiet tans, whites, or greys on the walls, and think about the sort of wall art you see in hotels, such as
abstract pieces and word art, like “relax” in a bathroom.
Uncluttered and Organized
Clutter will kill a home sale quicker than
anything. Not only does it remind buyers you live there, but it also makes the
house feel disorganized and small—as if there isn’t enough space for
everything. You want buyers to feel like there is more than enough room for
their items to fit, so you want it to be apparent you have room for your own
Do a room-by-room decluttering, pulling items you
don’t need between now and your moving day. Since house hunters will be looking
at storage to ensure their stuff fits there, too, be sure to stow your boxes
If you don’t have a friend or neighbor with
space in their garage, you can always rent self-storage. Just bear in mind it’s
not cheap in the Arcadia area, so shop around for deals. Case in point,
Southern Self Storage at North Port is offering 10% off packing supplies and a free
truck rental right now. You can get your belongings out of the way and snag a
bargain for hauling them at the same time.
Up Your Entryway
Nothing says “welcome home” like an attractive
entrance. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint,
and replace any hardware that’s looking weary. Make sure the porch is
uncluttered and freshly washed, and repaint it if necessary. Spruce up your
light fixtures and doorbell as well, and add potted plants that flank the front
door. Country Living recommends planting some blooming annuals around your
porch and landscaping to add cheerful color in your curb appeal.
Similarly, if your mailbox is dented, worn, or
difficult to read, spruce it up as well. If the post is rough, install a new
one. Go the extra mile and add some blooming plants at the base, a little
mulch, and replace those old house numbers.
Home-for-Sale Emergency Contacts
This emergency contacts list isn’t your
standard one! It always seems that things break at the worst possible time.
When it’s 2 a.m., your toilet is flooding, and you have a showing first thing
in the morning, or you’re tidying up for tomorrow’s open house and your dog has
multiple accidents, have some resources handy so you don’t panic.
Here are some suggestions:
Carpet Cleaning Services
With a depersonalized, uncluttered home, you
offer house hunters a clean slate to imagine as their own. Add an attractive
entryway to welcome them in, and keep those emergency contacts handy. A great
offer will be coming your way in no time!
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