Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in 2019
Five years ago I set about getting our house ready to sell, or “list-ready” as I like to say. Just as a challenge. Mostly, I knew we’d be running our own business out of our home, at least to start. We’ve gotten a lot done but still nowhere near reaching that goal. Thankfully we’re not selling, but it has me thinking about sellers and getting your home ready to sell in 2019. Spring is just around the corner and I know there are sellers out there just waiting for the weather to warm up enough to stick a sign in the yard. I hope you’re already getting your home ready to sell in 2019, especially if you’ve lived in the same house for years.
Market Value vs Saleability
The market value and saleable value of a home in its current state are two very different things. Market value is based on recent sales of similar homes nearby. Saleability is buyer’s reaction to a home on the market compared to other homes currently on the market. I’ve had the privilege of showing buyers many homes over the years all over the Chicagoland area. Gauging buyer reaction and feedback to things like floor finishes, kitchen and bathroom updates, smells and colors is invaluable in helping sellers market and sell homes. Many times it’s the smaller details of a home that makes the difference in selling.
Over 9o% of buyers begin their shopping experience online. To procure a buyer as quickly as possible, it’s critical to pay attention to details. Is there dust on the fans and vents, nicks in the paint on baseboard and trim? This kind of detail may not contribute directly to value but it does make a house more saleable. Ultimately you want buyers see themselves living there and the best place to do that is with awesome images.
A room by room evaluation is very helpful for homeowners prior to picture day. Maybe a few cosmetic changes should be considered, requiring paint or minor home repair. Getting your home ready to sell in 2019 means a photographer can come in, set up and get pictures without scooting anything out of the way. Click here for a list of things to do in order to prepare for professional pictures of your listing: bit.ly/homepreparationguide.
All the stuff you cleared off cabinets, dressers, bathroom vanities inside your home should not be found crammed in cabinets and closets (and hopefully not under the beds). Closets and cabinets should have an organized appearance with plenty of space to add more. This can be so overwhelming it’s important to begin with baby steps, and begin with the darkest corners and biggest closets and just start pulling out things you know you want to get rid of. Lockport Public Works have an electronic recycling station in Lockport and Will County http://bit.ly/Lockportelectronicsrecycling.
Purge and declutter
Getting rid of stuff you don’t need or use and finding proper places for things you do use will help you put your house in order and a step closer to being list-ready. Another reason for going through this process now is that you enjoy your home more whether you’re thinking about selling or not.
Don’t forget to take care of any deferred maintenance before getting your home ready to sell in 2019. Purging junk, decluttering, and some fresh paint is another step to getting your home ready to sell in 2019.
This is was a great video because it’s typical of a home, in this case a garage, with a busy family. Regardless of your situation, remember doing anything to declutter is a step in getting your home ready to sell in 2019.
Start by taking things you don’t need or use anymore out of closets, drawers and off shelves and recycle or give it away. Pictures, documents and kids memorabilia should be boxed up. It really makes you feel better about your home once you get started so I encourage you to get going! Even if you don’t plan on selling like me, you won’t regret it.