Preparing to List Your Home For Sale

I have lived in Clermont since 1996.  My two eldest daughters had their 2nd and 4th birthday parties here and my third has never known another home.     My "babies" are now 22, 21 and 16.  This 5 bedroom 4 bathroom home with two full kitchens, one acre of land with a pool is just too large for us now.  As my husband and I start considering the next chapter in our life together, we know that we are looking for something a bit smaller with less yard and no pool.   But, this is the practical side of the brain.  The emotional side, however, is the one that needs convincing.   As a real estate agent,  I know how to make a home appealing to a new buyer and I have given this advice many times over.   I now find myself giving advice to myself.  The conversations aren't always so simple.

 

  1.  De-Clutter-  Sure.  It's only 19 years of memories.  Where do you start?  This process should begin months before you actually put your house on the market.  This will allow you time to process the memories and take photos.   It's usually not the thing that we are attached to; it's the memory.  This is the piece of the wall that has the measurements of, not only the girls, but of many of their friends who ever came to the house.    Who would think I would tear up at the look of this mess?  "Honey, sharpen the saw!"                                                              
  2. Measurement Wall

2. Spend money on Minor Repairs-  So, you know all those projects you have been talking about fixing and doing for the past 20 years?  Now is the time to do them.  If the buyers notice that the little things have been ignored, they will assume that the larger items have been, too, and that there may be major issues with the house.  In addition, the things that bother you, will bother them.  For example, my house doesn't have any overhead lighting in any of the bedrooms.  We have talked about putting ceiling fans in each of the rooms for years.  Well, today I found out that for under $600 I could have had that done.  Oh well, we are used to having plug in fans in our bedrooms.  

There are other things to do to get your home prepared to sell.  These are the issues that I have been dealing with this week.  I would be happy to help discuss what we can do to prepare your home to sell.  Call me today at (352) 448-4848.   

How to Prepare for a House Sale

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