Top Strategic Moves to Make Before Listing Your Santa Fe Home for Sale

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Top Strategic Moves to Make Before Listing Your Santa Fe Home for Sale by The Bigelow Team

Below is a list of moves that real estate brokers will advise you to work on before listing your Santa Fe home for sale. Every home is unique, and all require different levels of detailed preparation. Some of the items on the list below will need professional guidance to perform correctly. As you work through the list, be sure to consult your real estate agent to confirm that you choose the right paint colors, flooring, etc.

Remove Personal Decorations

There will be many different types of people looking at your home when it is for sale. Create a neutral environment to encourage the most feedback. The way to do this is to remove any objects that reflect your personal choices and lifestyle. If a buyer can walk through your house and determine your religious preference, family size, profession, and favorite alcoholic beverage, you may have problems.

Once you remove all the items mentioned above, you will be on the right track to sell your home. It will also help you to detach from your home emotionally and prepare yourself to move on. Start thinking of your property as someone else’s home. When a buyer must ask if someone lives in your house while viewing it, you have done your job well.

Hire A Home Inspector

Hire a Home Inspector Before Listing Your Home for Sale. Once you have an executed sales contract with a buyer, the first thing the buyer is going to do is hire a home inspector to inspect your house. Why not beat them to it? An inspection usually costs around $300 to $500 in Albuquerque. That’s pennies in the grand scheme of things.

Inspections are the #1 deal killer in this industry. You can eliminate the whole problem by dealing with this issue right away. Sure, repairs you make from the inspection report may cost you some money out of pocket, but that is money that you will most likely be spending anyway.

Buyers will second guess a house when the inspection report is loaded with issues. When home buyers know that there has been a previous inspection and all repairs have been performed, they are more willing to pay top dollar.

Clean Everything Thoroughly

Everyone’s level of “clean” is different. What is “clean” to me may not be acceptable to you. When you’re listing your house for sale, you need to get your home as clean as possible.

Pretend that you’re selling your house to a germaphobe. If you can afford it, hire a professional cleaning crew to spend a day performing a deep clean. It’s well worth the money. When a house is slightly dirty, it can be difficult for homebuyers to emotionally attach to it, even if they are not clean people themselves.

Remove Evidence of Pets & Kids

Don’t Let Pets Sabotage Your Home Sale. To sell your home quickly and for the most money, you’ll want to appeal to every possible buyer. Not everyone is a fan of kids and pets. Your house may be the perfect layout, price, and design, but if it smells like animals or has toys stuffed in every corner, you may lose buyers.

Don’t forget that you can never experience the smell of your home as a buyer would. You live there and are used to its unique smell. It’s best to get a second opinion from your real estate agent.

There are many people with pet allergies; one of them might be your perfect buyer. Take the time to make your home appeal to them. It might put extra money in your pocket at the closing table.

Statistically, pet odors are among the most common reasons for a home to stay on the market for a long time.

A home that children have ravaged can be equally unappealing. Be sure that your kid’s presence in your home is kept to a minimum before listing your home for sale.

Replace Outdated Fixtures

This topic is an easy fix that can have a considerable impact on the presentation of your home. If you have old brass door handles or brass chandeliers, you should replace them. It makes your home look outdated and gives homebuyers the impression that they have a lot of work to do before moving in.

Spend some time walking through your home and identify every fixture that reveals the property’s date. Replace as many outdated items as possible before selling your home. Be sure to mention essential updates in your listing description.

Shampoo or Replace Carpets

Should I replace the carpet before selling my house?” This is one of the most common questions that home sellers ask Real Estate Broker.

Carpets show more damage than almost any part of your home. If you have carpeting in your home, it’s probably going to be a problem. If the carpets are not stained and are newer, you might get away with hiring a professional carpet cleaning company. If cleaning does not restore them, you’ll need to replace them.

Carpets hold a lot of dirt and odor. They must look and smell clean for your showings. If carpets cannot be restored to their original condition, measure the square foot of your home, and get an estimate of what the new carpet will cost. New carpet can have a big impact on your home sale.

Touch Up or Re-Paint

If it’s been more than a year since your house’s interior has been painted, then it’s time for some touching up. If you have paint left from the last time you painted, use it to touch up areas with nail holes, scrapes, and handprints.

Touching up existing paint is very easy and makes your home look new again. If you do not have extra touch-up paint, you can try to peel off existing paint or cut a small section of sheetrock (which you can repair later). Please do this in an area where it’s not very noticeable, like in a closet or behind a door.

Fresh Paint Sells Homes

If you have intense colors in your house (purple, burgundy, lime green, etc.), it would be wise to paint them with a neutral color. I tell clients that they should not have more than three neutral colors in their home. The more colors, the more chance you have for objections.

If you have exterior paint that needs restoration, take the time to work outside of your home. This step includes mailbox posts, fences, storage sheds, house siding, and trim work. The exterior of your home needs to look well maintained to encourage a substantial offer from a buyer.

Rent a Storage Unit

If you live in your house as most people do, your closets are full, and your garage is packed from floor to ceiling. This is normal. The problem is that some of the homes you will be competing with are either vacant or almost vacant. These homes will show great because the buyers can visualize themselves moving in much quicker.

It is wise to rent a storage unit to fully de-cluttered and stay competitive. Start loading the storage unit with everything you will not need while your house is on the market. Pack the back of the space with items that you’re least likely to require.

The more you put in storage, the less you will need because your home will sell much faster! Buyers love homes that appear move-in-ready.

Freshen Up Landscaping

Statistically, landscaping is the biggest bang for your buck when listing your home for sale. We’ve all heard about the importance of “curb appeal,” and we know that first impressions are HUGE in real estate.

The fastest way to freshen up your landscaping is with new mulch. Spread a fresh layer of it throughout your landscaped areas. This step is inexpensive and requires very little time commitment.

If you’d like to make an even better first impression, plant some colorful flowers, making your new mulch stand out even more. Trim any overgrown plants and bushes and clean up your outdoor spaces to look new again. This step is likely to significantly impact your buyer’s first impression and positively influence their purchasing decision.

Get Advice from an Experienced Real Estate Broker

Every property is different and will have unique and specific areas to address. Experienced buyer’s agents look at dozens of homes throughout the week. When real estate agents walk through your house at a listing appointment, they have buyer’s voices in our heads calling out objections. Their experience is invaluable when preparing your home for sale.

Real Estate Broker know what buyers want because they tell us every day. Every market is different, and there are other tactics for each area. An experienced Realtor will point out all the objections you can expect to hear from your potential buyers. There will always be Sellers that don’t want to listen to it, but this is valuable information, so be sure to take advantage of their knowledge early in the listing process.

Final Thoughts

How Sellers Feel When They Get a Strong Offer. As you read through the list above, don’t be intimidated by the scope of work. Make a list of things that you feel are important for your home sale, and then plan accordingly. Tackle one item at a time, and before you know it, your list is complete.

Once your house is ready to put on the market, it will most likely get an offer before your competition does. Many sellers will try to avoid some of the steps mentioned above. If you take the time and expense to tackle these issues, your house should outshine the others and sell for the highest sales price possible.

When it comes to selling your home, the adage “you get out what you put in” rings true. Your efforts will be well rewarded.

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