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When selling your house, less is definitely more!  
De-personalizing and de-cluttering your home will enable potential buyers to visually move in; it will also make your house appear more spacious.
 
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 Selling your home shouldn't be a stressful ordeal.  Our services and experience allow you to focus on your move while we manage your home sale from our initial consultation to the closing of the sale and beyond. We pride ourselves on repeat business and client referrals, and we welcome the opportunity to add you to our ever expanding client base.
 
We show our sellers how to stage and present their homes inside and out so potential buyers will be able to see your home as their new home. We will help you to emphasize the strengths and minimize any weaknesses so that purchasers will recognize the true value that leads to the highest price possible for you.
 
Preparing Your Home For Sale~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.
 

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."
 
  • Clear surfaces of all but the bare essentials, even bookshelves.
  • Remove personal photographs to depersonalize and keep buyers focused on the house.
  • Pack out-of-season clothes and holiday items.
  • Put away collectibles, prescription medications and other valuables to avoid breakage or theft.
  • Store political and religious momentos so your home appeals to as many buyers as possible.
  • Personal information should be kept in a safe place out of sight (ex: mail, bills, etc.).
De-Clutter
· People collect an amazing quantity of "things". 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?
· Give away or donate unwanted items, or have a yard sale.
· 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.
· Remove area rugs and oversized furniture so rooms appear larger.
· Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets & Kitchen Cabinets ​
Buyers 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.
· Neatly stack dishes.
· Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
· Line up shoes
· Clean out closets/pantries, keeping floors clear so storage spaces appear roomier.
 
Rent a Storage Unit
When selling your house, less is definitely more!  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?" 
 
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 Tips on how to prepare and stage your property to market your home for all its worth!
    Sparkle & Shine-  Make your home stands out from others on the market, be sure it Sparkles!
 
  • Clean the house from top to bottom, including corners where cobwebs hide.
  • Be sure windows and mirrors shine.
  • Pay special attention to vent covers, switch plates, light fixtures, and baseboards.Make sure your kitchen is spotless.
  • Take magnets and other items off the refrigerator.
  • Clean inside and around the fireplace; dispose of ashes and partially-burned pieces of wood.\
  • Clean windows inside and out so light is able to enter and illuminate your home.Keep floors swept.
  • Vacuum and steam clean carpets to give them a new look.
  • Remove stains from garage floors.
  • Stack boxes along walls to highlight its storage capacity.
  • Make sure your bathrooms are spotless.
  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Make Minor Repairs
  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • (Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • 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.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors
  • 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.
    If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now.
    Have window coverings or fixtures you want to take with you, remove them before you list your home.
 
Check Curb Appeal​
You do not get a second chance to make a first impression. Buyers typically make up their minds within 10 seconds of entering the frondoor, then spend the rest of their visit reaffirming their decision. An attractive yard is the first step to drawing buyers to a property.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Caulk around windows, if needed.
    Clean gutters so they are free of debris.
  • Keep the lawn cut and trees/shrubbery trimmed.
  • Weed flower beds and remove any dead plants/shrubs.
  • Put away lawn mowers, rakes, shovels, and other landscaping tools.
  • Buy a new doormat and hang a colorful wreath to welcome buyers.
  • Add colorful potted flowers or plants to the front porch and/or deck.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint, stain or varnish to the front door and door frame.
  • Minimize the amount of furniture on your patio, deck and other outdoor areas.
  • Be sure plants do not block windows.Keep driveways, walkways and porches free of leaves and debris.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Lastly, make sure your house can be seen from the road.
 
Let us make selling your home easy for you.
      Selling a home is a “process”.  There are a number of factors that come into play when considering when to begin the process. One obvious factor that heavily affects the outcome of your home sale is the current state of the market. If the current market suggests that it is a “buyer’s market,” more inventory supply and longer time to sell, you should get started with the process sooner than later. One not so obvious factor that determines when to get started with the home selling process is whether your property might need any repairs or improvements in order to get it into competitive “showable” condition, so you’ll need to make sure yours stands out!
 
     Staged homes are usually more desirable to potential purchasers, thus you want to make sure that you have done all you can to get your property ready for the market. Research shows staged homes *Sell an average of 50% faster than non-staged homes! Experience an increase in sales price of 6.9% over non-staged homes! Experience an average increase in equity of nearly $17,000!

     You need to determine your existing home’s value and whether any repairs or improvements are necessary prior to placing it on the market.  During your FREE, NO Obligation consultation, you will determine the following: Estimated sales price for your home derived by a professionally prepared “comparative market analysis” of recently sold properties in your area that are similar to yours. Estimated “net proceeds analysis” that suggests how much cash you are likely to retain from the sale of your home after all expenses are paid. Determine which optional marketing plan is best suited for your specific needs and wants. Timing and positioning are considered.

     
K Realty 
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Karen@krealty.net
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