Oakland County Real Estate / Realtor Margo Borkin
Margo Borkin

5 Easy Steps to Get Ready to List!

When its time to sell your house, there is likely only one thing on your mind, getting the most money possible. The easiest and most inexpensive ways to do this are mostly DIY and be completed in a weekend. But are crucially important for a quick sale at the highest price!

1. Deep Cleaning.
The little dust here and there that you might not even notice anymore, could be a turn off to buyers. Clean the baseboards around the whole house, the return air ducts that tend to collect dust, and do a thorough cleaning including moving and cleaning under furniture and appliances. Whiten grout lines and recaulk where needed.

2. Pack and Toss
Closets and Cabinet area’s show better if they are half empty and look spacious. Get rid of or pack up as much as you can live without while your selling. It will save you time in the end anyway, and will really appeal to buyers!

3. Don’t over-do the upgrades
If you make many custom to-your-taste updates, the buyers may not like your taste, and you may not see a return. The two cheapest investments you can make with the most return is paint and carpet. A neutral houses with fresh paint and carpet looks bright, open, and spacious! And crosses two things off the buyers to-do list. If you want to keep going, little things like new outlet covers, shined up door knobs, and updated faucets really turn buyers heads.

4. De-Personalize Your House
Buyers need to picture themselves in your house, and while I know how hard it is to put away all your families memorabilia and photos, it does tremendously help in the sale of a house, so lets start packing those items up. Now is also a good time to remove any fixtures you don’t intend to include in the sale. Light fixtures, mirrors, anything affixed to the property stays. If something has sentimental value, you should remove it now and replace it with something generic.

5. Organize Organize Organize
We realize you do have to keep some of your everyday stuff in the house while you sell 🙂 so anything that can’t be packed or toss should be neatly organized. It makes your home appear well cared for. Believe it or not, buyers will open all your closets and cupboards to picture their things in there. So make sure yours are as organized and as pretty as possible. Pinterest has loads of organization ideas you can use.

If your not sure where to start or what to tackle, feel free to have me or your own realtor come out and give you an outside opinion  before listing.

Margo Borkin

Real Estate One
$10,000,000 Sold in 2013

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