To make your home attractive and inviting to potential buyers doesn’t take much doing, and will pay huge dividends in terms of more interest and a faster sale.
Curb Appeal is Everything!
Now’s the time to get the kids’ toys out of the front yard and mow the lawn. A clean, well-kept yard will send a message that there may be something worth stopping for and checking out beyond the front door.
Light and Bright Will Impress a Potential Buyer
Clean windows, fingerprints from doorknobs and countertops. Dust and vacuum. Open drapes and blinds. A well-lit home will get you rave reviews!
Clear Clutter as Much as Possible
Place extra furniture, boxes or ‘stuff’ in storage. Give your throwaways to charity. Clear all obstructed pathways that a buyer will have to utilize. If someone’s going to spend their cash or commit to a major purchase such as a home or condo, they’ll want to be able to see as much as possible. First impressions are priceless!
Make Your House Smell Good – Exclamation Point!
Whether it’s the fragrance of freshly baked bread (there are even store bought ‘essences’ to convey this for us non-bakers), lighting a scented candle or sticking up a Stick Up, aroma is an inviting plus. Not too much to be overpowering, of course!
What’s a House or Condo Worth?
A home is worth what someone will pay for it. Everything else is an estimate of value. To determine a property’s value, most people turn to either an appraisal or a comparative market analysis.
An appraisal is a certified appraiser’s estimate of amenities, energy efficiency, the quality and the value of a home at a given point in time. To make their determination, appraisers consider square footage, construction quality, design, floor plan, neighborhood and availability of transportation, shopping and schools. Appraisers also take lot size, topography, view and landscaping into account.
A comparative market analysis is an informal estimate of market value, based on comparable sales in the neighborhood, performed by a real estate agent or broker. You can do your own cost comparison by looking up recent sales of comparable properties in public records. These records are available at local recorder’s or assessor’s offices, through private companies or on the Internet.
Whose Obligation Is It to Disclose Any Pertinent Information About a Property?
The seller is required to disclose all facts materially affecting the value or desirability of the property which are known or accessible only to him/her.
Items seller often disclose include: homeowners association dues; whether or not work done on the house meets local building codes and permit requirements; the presence of any neighborhood nuisances or noises which a prospective buyer might not notice, such as a dog that barks every night or poor TV reception; and any restrictions on the use of the property, such as zoning ordinances or association rules.