(This awesome guide was written by The YOwasso Podcast host Jenna Hall. -Tyler)
With Spring just around the corner, it’s a matter of time before we’ll be seeing “for sale” signs in the front yards of many Owasso homes.
Spring is statistically the time of year when the most homes are put on the market in the Owasso area. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of some of the top things you can do to better prepare your home if you’re thinking about selling.
It’s worth noting that I’m not a real estate professional, but having been around real estate my entire life — and having constructed a pretty careful plan for myself with buying and selling homes — I thought I would share some helpful tips. I’ve used these tips successfully when I recently bought and sold a house in Owasso.
FORGET THE ‘FOR SALE BY OWNER’
When selling a house, you are typically looking to make money.
What’s the first thing people think to do when trying to make money off selling a house? Cutting out the Realtor.
I put my house on the market for thirty days, THIRTY, as ‘for sale by owner’ and didn’t get a bite.
Held an open house, had numerous signs out, had it listed on Zillow. Nothing.
I listed it with an agent after a frustrating month and had an offer in ten days.
You do the math. I have a ‘do it yourself’ attitude, but with the skill set, knowledge, and know-how that Realtors have, they are an invaluable asset to selling your home.
REALTOR WALK THROUGH
Not all Realtors are willing to offer this service (mine did), but it was key to prepping my house for sale.
My Realtor walked through a few months before I put my house on the market and made a list of things I should do in preparation for selling my home. This list came in handy over the next few months.
Comparative market analysis’ are great!
They are free reports any Realtor can do on your home to show you what comparative homes in your area have sold for.
This is a pretty cool tool to have so you can have confidence in the price you are listing your house for.
DE-CLUTTER & UN-PERSONALIZE
This was a hard one for me. I have a very eclectic style.
I love my style… not everyone else does.
The last thing I want to do when buying a home is walk in and see piles of books, a thousand pictures on the walls (I am thinking nail holes when I see those), 55 pillows on the couch… you get the idea.
Your house is your sanctuary and should be treated that way. But if you want to make sure your home is as ‘non-offensive’ as possible, store or put away those 1970 portraits of owls.
You don’t want to voluntarily give anyone a reason not to be able to picture themselves making your house their new home.
This is another big one that most people just CAN’T look past.
We know you are a die hard Thunder fan, but most won’t be able to look past that orange and blue wall in your kid’s room with the huge team logo. Sad, but true.
Paint those vibrant colored walls a nice, neutral color and you’ll mark that “I just can’t get over that orange wall” off their list.
Although white is not really an offensive color, it often comes off as ‘too bland’. Also, don’t forget to fill those nail holes before you paint!
This one goes hand in hand with the previous tip.
If your house is in need of some fresh, new paint on the exterior… go with a neutral.
Neutrals are non-offensive and you’re a ton better off when you have couples ranging from their 30’s to their 70’s pulling up to your house.
If you need more help on what colors to choose for your exterior, drive through a nice neighborhood like Stone Canyon or The Fairways. That’s what I did.
I picked out a house in The Fairways that had a similar colored roof and brick and mimicked their colors.
Best thing I did after purchasing my first home.
One of the first things someone notices when pulling up to your house is what real estate professionals refer to as “curb appeal.”
Spruce up those flower beds, kill those weeds, and do whatever else you need to do to make sure that first impression is a good one.
If you have overgrown trees, get those taken care of.
The last thing you want is for your house to look like it is going to be a ton of maintenance for the new homeowners.
GET A JUMPSTART ON THOSE REPAIRS
If you have a light switch not working or another repair that is on the ‘to-do list’, get after those.
After inspections, you’ll have to do them anyways. You’re money ahead to not have the repair brought up as a concern by prospective buyers or their agents.
Most minor repairs cost less than $25 to perform, and they save unspoken amounts by getting marked on the bad side of prospects’ “pro/con” lists.
Now that you have some pretty powerful tips in your hands – take it and run with it!
This list will save you some serious time, money, and heartache, but it’s ultimately up to you to put the plan into action.
I should also mention that I had excellent luck using the Sunday & Edwards Group at Keller Williams. Their combined experience of over 100 years was undoubtedly beneficial to my real estate transaction.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]