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C21 Ditton | Getting your House Ready for Sale

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Whether you are selling a property you have inherited, or just getting ready to move on from the place you raised your family, selling a property brings many emotions. But that doesn’t mean you should just get it over with, you want to do this right, and that means finding a real estate agent with local experience and success selling similarly priced properties.

This can seem like a challenge, but with online resources, such as agent reviews, and the experiences of friends and family, you can find a local expert to help. The agent will assess your property and identify areas of work that may need doing to help the sale, along with sourcing the professional photos and establishing the listing price that will get the best response.

Attention to Detail

When the agent assesses the property, ask if there are some things you can do to help. Low-investment improvements can transform that all important first impression, for instance a lick of paint to the front can increase curb appeal. Even cleaning the driveway or tidying the garden can make the property more desirable.

If there are areas with real problems, Poor guttering, an old roof, even a worn-out bathroom suite, investment in fixing these things can have a dramatic effect on buyer enthusiasm, and often the selling price too. Your agent will guide you here, helping you to understand if such repairs are worthwhile or not.

Your checklist for getting any property ready for sale

Getting a property ready for sale means ensuring everything is right for when the listing goes up. Because there are so many things to remember, we’ve made a handy checklist to help.

1. Is it the right time to sell?

What the best time is depends on where you are. Local markets behave differently, do your research and find out when the most popular time is for selling in your area.

2. Can you afford to sell?

Find out what homes similar to yours are selling for. If the market is depressed, it may be that the property is worth less than your mortgage, negative equity.

3. Fix the things that need fixing

From a leaky pipe or broken window to a broken electrical outlet, take a good look around your property and fix things that would put you off if you were a buyer. Think of this as an investment in the property, it will help you find a buyer faster. For larger projects, such as a roof replacement, check with a real estate agent that it is worth the cost before proceeding.

4. Clean everywhere and reduce your Clutter

You want a buyer to imagine themselves living in the property. That means keeping everything clean and clutter free. Think about a storage unit to keep your photos and other personal stuff, maybe even some of the furniture too, with more space the home will feel bigger.

5. Curb Appeal is everything

First impressions matter, so ensuring your lawn is mowed, the drive is tidy, the front of the house is clean and freshly painted makes good sense. Remember, some buyers will just see the sign and look at the outside, you can lose a potential buyer in those few seconds if everything is a mess.

6. Get professional photos

While some will find your home from the sign, most will see it online first. That means your photos are the most important tool for your sale. Don’t skimp here, hire a professional and get it done right. Your agent will usually help here and know good local photographers who specialize in real estate.

7. Establish your selling price

The price is a balance between getting as much for the property as possible, maximizing your profit, and attracting buyers. A real estate agent with local knowledge is a good help in this situation, and they will guide you to the right asking price.

8. Think about open houses and home tours

Seeing the property is an important step to buying, so talk to your agent about the schedule that suits you for allowing people in to view the property.

9. Trust your agent

Choose an agent carefully, look at reviews and find recommendations, but once you choose, trust them to get things done for you. They will arrange the listings and other aspects for you and market the property to get a fast sale at the best price possible.

10. Find your new home

If you are selling the home you live in, you need to start looking for your next one, once a property is on the market things can move quickly and you don’t want to be holding things up while you start looking for a new place.

CENTURY 21 Ditton Realty provides Real Estate services to the communities of Oakhurst, Coarsegold, North Fork, Bass Lake, Ahwahnee, Raymond, Fish Camp, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, Cathey’s Valley, Midpines, Friant, Prather, Auberry, Shaver Lake, Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Chowchilla. Use our site to browse through thousands of commercial, residential and land listings throughout Central California.

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