Last Christmas, I went to Charlotte for some holiday cheer and to see some friends who had relocated to the Queen City. 2017 had been a great year for real estate and with all the articles in Forbes
Getting Ready For The Raleigh Market 2381 Ravenhill Dr
Getting your home ready for market can be over-whelming and exhilarating. No one lives the way a house should look while it is on the market. But you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The best thing you can do is meet with a realtor early in the process who can help prioritize the todo list. Here is a quick list of starting points.
1. CURB APPEAL. We want as many buyers to become attached to your home as possible. As they pull in the driveway, they have time to look at the yard, the neighbors, and the condition of the exterior. Rake the leaves, dust the cobwebs, edge the yard, clean the gutters. The realtor can take a moment to unlock the lockbox. Make sure there is a fresh potted plant or flowers on the front step. A new doormat can look inviting as well.
2. CLUTTER. Clean off every counter top you can. Coffee makers should be the only thing visible in the kitchen. Obviously if you use your toaster everyday, it can be tolerated! But open & airy gives the impression there is plenty of room here.
3. BATHROOMS. Remember the shower caddy from dormitory or summer camp days? Bring it out again. Put all the potions and lotions that normally sit on your counter under the sink. And remove the bathroom area rugs; yes they keep your feet toasty while brushing your teeth but blank floors make a room look bigger.
4. CLOSETS. The master closet is the most important. Store out of season clothing, keep the top shelf clear, and get anything off the floor you can. If opening a closet door could put a buyer in jeopardy of being hit with a bowling ball, you may need to do a yard sale. But for the most part, buyers are understanding that closets are for storing things.
5. PREPACK. Once under contract, you have a deadline of when to be out. What you pack before hand is one less thing you have to do before settlement date. I recommend getting a portable storage unit delivered to the driveway before you go list. Load it up and have it stored. This is much more efficient than a storage unit which requires an extra step in the process.
6. REPAIRS. Any repairs you know of should be completed before you go on the market. A buyer will have a home inspection done and these problems will be found. Have them fixed upfront so your home looks well cared for and loved. Deferred maintenance makes buyers worried about all the problems that could be lurking. Don't put off to tomorrow what could be done today!
7. COMING SOON. The Triangle MLS system allows a realtor to put your home information in the system and place a "coming soon" sign in your yard even if you are not ready for showings to begin. This is a great way to build interest in your home before you are market ready.
Set yourself up for success. I help people move all the time. I can help manage the process and get you in your new home. 919-559-2650
Melanie Jones is a real estate broker in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area who is known for her tenacity and passion. The key to her success hinges on one thing: people. Melanie starts every trans....
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