We are fortunate in North Texas to have not experienced a market like many others throughout the United States - our prices have stayed fairly stable and we still have sellers that want to sell and buyers that want to buy. One thing that has changed though is the mind of the buyer. Every buyer seems to be watching the news, HGTV and a number of other programs that either make them feel that every house should be perfect or that every house is in distress. How does this effect you as a seller? You get a choice - either fire sale that house that you don't want to fix up or if you want top dollar that home needs to be a show house! Who you choose to market your property makes all the difference in the world too (of course!)
- Get rid of excess clutter - you want your house to show these potential buyers what they could live like. For example, I don't always keep my linen closet completely neat. When my home was not for sale it looked like a tornado had happened right inside my linen closet, but you can bet your booty once it went on the market that linen closet looked like the picture of organization!
- If the house is empty - that's just not going to work. Again - you want people to be able to envision living there - make the home look appealing. You don't have to completely furnish it, but you do need a ficus or two sitting around, maybe a fake bed, some draperies and wall art hanging on the walls.
- Keep the lawn maintained - this goes back to the fact that people want to see your house as they envision they would live or would like to live - so keep that yard looking spiffy.
- No animal smells or any offensive odors should be present in your home. Clean the house meticulously, it might seem excessive, but if odors are present you may need to have a remediation company come in and professionally clean the carpets and furniture.
- All products used such as plugins should be conservative - don't go overboard with a smell that attacks the potential buyer's senses.
- All carpets and flooring should be in good condition - either cleaned or stretched if needed.
- Trim limbs off of the house and roof.
- Be realistic with the condition of your home - If you're water heater is leaking, replace it - this is going to be an issue that is noted on an inspection report so it's better for these sort of things to be non-issues rather than having the home go under contract, only to fall out of contract because of repair issues.
- If your exterior paint is peeling - have the house painted, if your deck needs to be stained - stain it. Gutters that are hanging loose need to be secured... I think you get the point...
It makes all the difference in the world who you choose to market your property - but even the very best can not make magic happen if you are not willing to put in the effort to help your home shine to potential buyers! This is team work!
There are lots of homes on the market - don't give that buyer any reason to not choose you!!