Are you getting ready to sell your house? The San Francisco real estate market is hot, but if you want to maximize the sale price and have buyers outbidding each other for your house, you’ll want to make sure your house looks as good as possible before putting it on the market. You don’t have to spend a fortune to see the benefits. Here are a few simple things you can do to prepare your house for sale.
- Throw Stuff Away: Most people have a tendency to accumulate stuff during the time they’ve lived in their house. Prior to putting your house on the market is a great time to think about what you’ll be brining with you and what just looks like clutter or junk. Go through each room of the house and try to imagine the room through the eyes of a buyer. The less clutter you have the larger the room will look. The less personal items you have sitting around, the easier it will be for a buyer to imagine how the room will look with their things. Be sure everything has a place and that you don’t have clutter sitting on the counters, cosmetics sitting out, dirty clothes on the floor, unmade beds, dirty dishes, etc. You would be amazed at how many people leave their house a mess prior to showings.
- Replace Light Bulbs: Good lighting will make the house more friendly and welcoming. Replace bulbs with the highest wattage recommended for each light fixture. When you leave the house for a showing, be sure to turn all of the lights on. You don’t want a buyer or their agent fumbling around for light switches.
- Paint: If you have the time and/or money, a fresh coat of paint on all surfaces is probably the best money you can spend getting your house ready to sell. Consult with your real estate agent or an interior designer on recommendations for current trends and what buyers prefer. Typically muted colors are the most universally liked. Bright colors can turn off lots of buyers and you want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. If your ceilings are stained, be sure to paint those too. How does the outside of the house look? Does it need a fresh coat of paint too? Are there any rotten boards that need to be replaced? At the very least, be sure the front door is clean and painted.
- Landscaping: Fresh flowers and pruned trees and shrubs will be noticed by buyers before they even enter the front door. We’ve worked with buyers over the years who have pulled up to a scheduled showing and made their mind on a house before they even walk through the front door, in fact while sitting in their car. We have had to convince buyers to walk through a house after they were turned off at the outside maintenance of the house. Don’t let this happen to you!
When you hire us to sell your house we hire an interior designer to go through your house to make recommendations and to assist you with getting the house ready to sell. She will help you pick out paint colors, de-clutter, organize furniture, bring in accent pieces (if necessary) and help coordinate repairs with contractors selected by you or from our preferred list. We’ll help you every step of the way.