Prepare your Tulsa home for sale
Selling your home can seem like a daunting challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Choosing the right real estate agent can help make the process a lot easier to maneuver. However, while your agent will work their hardest, there are a few steps that you can take to prepare your Tulsa home for sale. By doing your part, you can ensure that your home will sell within a reasonable amount of time, and at a great price. Here are just a few steps you should take once you decide to list your home for sale in Tulsa. Of course this advice is not just for the Tulsa area but Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Owasso, and all of N.E. Oklahoma as well. If you have questions or need a Realtor give me a call I would love to help.(918)730-7075
Amp Up Your Curb Appeal
As soon as your home is listed, people will start browsing it. This happens in two parts. Most people will look at a listing online, and then drive by before they actually contact an agent about it. When they drive by, you want your home to sell itself. If your landscaping is lacking or work needs done on the paint, shutters, etc. then there is a good chance they are going to keep driving. If you do the work beforehand, you will convert a lot of browsers into potential buyers.
The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of work to increase the curb appeal of most homes. A few simple updates or repairs are usually all it takes to make a home shine from the outside. For instance, plant some grass seed if you have any bare spots in the yard and consider planting some annuals to help brighten the place during the summer months. If you are selling during the holidays, place a sign or some decorations on the porch to make your house appear ‘homier’ and cozier. Add some sod to your flower beds and power wash the house. Basic maintenance of your exterior and landscaping is all you need to refresh your home.
Make it ‘Move-In’ Ready
Once you amp up your curb appeal, you need to turn your focus inward and work on creating a ‘move-in’ ready home. If you want your home to sell quickly, you have to give potential buyers a look at the home they could have. You can easily do this by creating a home that is move-in ready. Most buyers are highly motivated to purchase a home that they will not have to do anything. A home that doesn’t need a new layer of paint, new carpeting, etc. is always going to be more desirable than a home that requires some work right off the bat. It also is going to help you increase your asking price, making it worth your time.
Take a quick glance around your home and complete any projects that may have been in your mind. Consider freshening up the paint in your common living areas by looking at current designer trends. A new coat of paint can instantly help make a home look more attractive. It may also be helpful to update your window dressings. New curtains or blinds can make a home look more modern and thus attractive. These changes won’t cost you much money, but they can help increase the interest shown in your home after showings.
Declutter Your Home
While you are looking at ways to increase the appeal of your home, it is time to minimalize a bit. Clutter will instantly make a home less attractive, and it will also make a home appear smaller. If you don’t have space to keep everything properly, it will indicate to potential homeowners they will have the same problem. You want your home to appear spacious and clean. By moving some furniture and personal items into storage you can easily create a much larger home. Only leave key furniture items in common rooms with one or two accent pieces. If you have toys overflowing in your children’s’ rooms, place them in storage or purchase a large toy box to condense them.
Practice the same logic in other rooms in the house. Go through your kitchen and only leave vital cooking pots and pans behind. Trim down your Tupperware so that when buyers open the cupboards they don’t see a packed kitchen, instead they see one with plenty of room. Go into bedrooms and coat closets and take out coats and clothes you don’t need right now. Leave behind some of the empty hangers to once again give the illusion of space.
Find an Agent
At some point while you are working to prepare your Tulsa home for sale, you will want to contact an agent to help get your home listed. You may have to interview a few agents before you find one that fits your needs. You want an agent that listens to you and that you can clearly understand. Sometimes a perfectly good agent just isn’t a good fit for you. Interview potential agents until you find one you are comfortable working with. Remember they are likely going to advise you to make changes in your home or accept things that you may not initially be comfortable with or expect. For this reason, you have to be able to trust the agent you choose, so you will be able to meet their requests. In the end, your goal is the same and they will help you reach it. Call me and lets talk. Call Now
Stage Your Home
Before you start showing your home, you should have it staged. A home that is staged is set up for maximum appeal and often features items that are brought in by a staging company or agent to help highlight the maximum potential of the home. Almost every agent will agree that you will receive the money back you invest in staging when you home sells quickly and for a better price. Speak to your agent about whether or not this is a good choice for you, and if they can handle the task or have a recommendation of a company that can.
Be Aware of Inspection Costs
Once someone places an offer on your home, they are going to order a home inspection. You need to be prepared for this step, because it likely is going to end up costing you money. Home inspectors are paid to find problems, and they likely will find at least one problem, and most likely a dozen. While not every repair will need to be made, you will have to negotiate with the buyer and repair at least a few. This is where an agent is very useful, because they will step and make sure that the requests are fair. By preparing for this step, you will not be shocked or unprepared when you have additional expenses crop up in the sale.
Prepare Yourself to Close
Finally, you need to prepare yourself to close. Eventually you will sell your home and be able to move onto the next step in your life. Whether you have lived in a home for one year or fifty years, it can be hard to close this chapter in your life. Preparing yourself beforehand can make closing a bit less emotional and more celebratory instead.
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