Day 2- First Things First- Evaluate the House

2 Oct

Welcome to Day 2 of the 31 Days to Sell Your Home Series!  You can catch up on the entire series here.

One of the hardest things about selling your home is separating yourself from your beloved home.  As soon as you make the decision to sell your house, you should no longer think of it as “your home.”  It is now just an asset to be sold to the highest bidder.  And that is your goal right –to get top dollar for the house?  Of course it is!  Adopting the mindset that the house is now a product is crucial to quickly selling your house for a great price.  While you may have a precious door (aka growth chart) where you’ve measured the height of little Jimmy and Johnny each year, that you just can’t bear to apint, a prospective buyer is going to look at your oh so precious door and think “great, if I buy this house I would have to spend my money to paint this door!”  That is the opposite of what you want buyers thinking in your house, especially in the current market where there often isn’t extra money for repairs!  You want buyers focusing on all the great aspects of your house!  When buyers start focusing on repairs, they also start focusing on (a) not buying the house or (b) lowering their offer! 

Buyers often have long, long lists detailing what they are looking for in their next home (like 4 bedrooms, marble counters, clawfoot tubs, and a home theater).  While your house may not have all of those things, if it meets the basic desires of every buyer (the things that transcend the details) then you are well on the way to selling that house (you would be surprised how many houses don’t meet the basics).

Here is a list of a few things on every buyer’s list: 

Bright

Open

Clean

Well maintained inside and out

Move-in ready

Odor free

Modern amenities

Space for their stuff (furniture, kitchen gadgets, clothes, shoes, etc.)

Pest Free (is that even necessary to say?)

With that said, the primary step (and most crucial) toward selling your house is taking a realistic evaluation of your home from the BUYER’S perspective!  Again, separate yourself from your home and scrutinize each room keeping in mind the list above, making a list of the positives and negatives of each room.  

Here is a real life example of my evaluation of our guest bedroom:

PROS:

Window

9’ Ceilings

New Carpet

 

CONS:

Cramped with furniture

Messy closet

Hidden window (see photo above)

Personal photos

Clutter

 

Wow that con list is long!  Once you have identified the good and the…. not so good, then you can focus on really emphasizing the good and minimizing the not so good.  Don’t worry, no matter what the layout or age of your home, there are lots of things you can do to turn it into a buyer’s dream home!  Stick with me through the next 31 days and you’ll learn all the tips and tricks you need to sell your home!

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3 Responses to “Day 2- First Things First- Evaluate the House”

  1. Pam October 2, 2011 at 6:34 AM #

    Great entry Kristin. Saw lots of things in the room that I loved

  2. Leslie@Goodbye, house! Hello, HOME!l October 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM #

    EEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee!
    I’m new here. Found you at the Nester’s place.
    As a stager, I am really looking forward to your insights and ideas and before and after photos ;)
    FUN!
    Hugs and blessings to you,
    Leslie

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