Before Listing Your Orange County Home Remember to Do the Following:
1. De-Personalize, organize and clean.
Neutral furnishings free of personal photos and memorabilia create an environment in which anyone could live. This allows potential homebuyers to imagine the house as their home, rather than yours.
Gather your photos, collectibles, and all other personal items and box them up. They should not be stored in the house. As part of preparation to sell your home, rent a storage unit. After you have removed the personal items, you want to move on to packing away items you don’t use frequently. Kitchen appliances, out-of-season clothing, and three-quarters of the kids’ toys can all be packed. Remember – simple and neutral.
When you’ve pared down the contents of your home considerably, it’s time to clean. Clean everything, including windows, carpets, walls, light fixtures and baseboards. Organize as you go. Your goal is to make the house sparkle.
2. Pre-sale home inspection.
Be proactive! Obtaining an inspection report on your house in Irvine, will give you a clear view of trouble areas, allowing you to make repairs prior to your home being shown.
3. Replacement estimates.
If there are features of your home that currently or will soon need to be replaced, get estimates now. Whether it is the roof or carpeting, having estimated replace costs will be useful in negotiations.
4. Locate warranties.
Create a list of all items that will remain with the house. Using your list, collect all the warranties and user manuals for easy reference.
5. Curb appeal.
Pretend you are a buyer. Stand outside your house. Walking toward the house, what do you see? Is the yard neatly trimmed and manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Does it look inviting?
Following these five steps will go a long way to sell your home quickly and for the best price.
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