Have you ever visited someone and find their home in a mess? You might expect to hear an apology or an excuse (i.e., sick baby) for the stack of dirty dishes on the table and dried food
Things To Ponder When Considering The Sale Of Your Home
Have you ever visited someone and find their home in a mess? You might expect to hear an apology or an excuse (i.e., sick baby) for the stack of dirty dishes on the table and dried food left in pots and pans on the stove. Now imagine this—this home you are visiting is listed for sale! No, you say. Nobody would allow their home to be showed to prospective buyers in that condition! Okay.
Walk down the hallway into the master bedroom where the bed is unmade or piled high with laundry. Open the closet door to find items falling off the upper shelves and items tossed in piles on the floor. The master bath has soiled towels hanging over the shower rod, toothpaste in the sink and an overflowing trash can.
Compare that home with one that is cleaned and fresh, furniture strategically placed, fresh linen in the bathrooms, the beds nicely made, and laundry placed in hampers with lids. Hmmm! Now, consider that these homes are almost equally sized and priced. Which one would you be more likely to request to visit? Which home is more likely to sell? Which property will probably “fail” in today’s market?
Of course, there are factors to consider once you decide to sell a home:
Where are we relocating to?
What is the projected time frame?
Will we sell the home ourselves or list with a Realtor?
What maintenance have I “put off” doing that should be completed before listing?
What else needs to be done? Paint, attention to curb appeal? More?
Packing excess and personal items for temporary storage? Removing excess furnishings?
Cleaning! Cleaning! Cleaning! What else?
You’ve done the maintenance work, selected an agent, cleared out the excesses and you’re ready to market the home. We all have different views of our homes. As an example, I think my home is too large and needs some routine maintenance. You may think my home is just the right size for your family and the routine maintenance is not that important. See what I mean by our different views! Same thing goes for curb appeal. While you are cleaning, don’t forget the front door and the surrounding area. I know you planned to put a pot of colorful flowers on the porch and I am sure they will look lovely. They will be even more appealing though, if the entry area is cleared of leaves and dust.
If you are in the San Antonio area and thinking about selling your home, if you are not already working with an agent, I’d like to visit with you. We can exchange ideas on how to make the front entry shine and we might even get to talk about those too-large chairs in the living area.
Sharon is a military wife who moved at the direction of the U.S. Army for nearly 30 years, a Federal employee who retired after 30 years of service, an active Broker Associate/REALTOR in San Antonio w....
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