3 To-Dos When You Are Ready to Sell in Fort Myers
We all wish selling a home was as easy as putting a “For Sale” sign in the front yard, but selling a home is all about thinking like a buyer, not a seller.
Think back to your own experience as a buyer and what qualities you look for in the homes you toured.
While every buyer is looking for something different, there are three basic things that you can do to make sure your house isn’t scratched off anyone’s list right away.
First things first.
Make It Look Like New
You won’t find a buyer that’s eager to purchase a home that looks old and not taken care of.
Luckily, making a house look like new doesn’t require anything major or costly. It’s only a matter of making small cosmetic repairs, organizing and cleaning.
Make sure to patch up any cracks or holes in the floors, walls, doors or ceiling, clean the windows and touch up the yard.
Organize any cluttered areas in the home (also throw out what you don’t need) and administer a deep cleaning. Deep cleaning goes beyond washing the dishes and making the beds – you must dust shelves and ceiling fans, mop the floors and wipe down most surfaces such as counters, tabletops and appliances.
While this is a laborious task, it can easily be divided amongst family members over a number of days so that no one gets burnt out.
Not as obvious as you think, but this one is important!
Bring In an Exterminator
Pest infestations can decrease the value of your home and put you in a bad spot during negotiations.
It may cost you a couple hundred dollars for pest control treatments, but it’s a small investment to protect thousands of dollars in home value.
Plus, pests like mice and termites can cause structural damage, so make sure to repair that as well.
It is best to avoid the potential losses by setting up a pest control consultation (and services if needed) – you may not have a significant pest issue, which would be a win for your home’s value and your peace of mind.
Here’s where you need to focus.
Eliminate Any Odors
Any lingering odors in your house can be a deal-breaker, which would be especially unfortunate if the odor comes from easily fixed matters such as old contents in the refrigerator or an
unwashed trash can.
Oftentimes, we become “nose blind” to odors in our home due to prolonged exposure, so the best way to detect them is by having a neighbor or friend explore the smells in your home.
They can probably point you to where the odor is coming from, and it will be important to eliminate the source.
Attempting to deodorize the room with sprays or candles will just poorly mask the odors which can be even more unpleasant for buyers.
This is the bottom line.
Some of these steps may seem to involve a lot of time, effort and even cash, but just remember that these “investments” can be worth thousands of dollars in profit once you sell your house. You should also remember that this process doesn’t need to be completed overnight – make a plan of all that needs to be done to get your house in the best state for selling.
Divide the work into phases and schedule each phase on days that you and family are able to complete the tasks.
You’ll also need to schedule your pest-control consultation and services. You’ll be proud of what you’ve accomplished and know that you’ll receive the best price for your home.
If you need to get rid of your home quickly, let us help you!