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Where should I start to get my house in order to put it on the market?

I have a 4 BR, 2 1/2 bath large home. We are looking to put it on the market and I don't even know where to start to get our house ready. I know the usual stuff like fresh paint, no clutter, landscaping and such. What are somethings that you found out midway that you wish you knew before? Any and all responses are greatly appreciated.

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Asked by ANGIE613 at 10:59 AM on Nov. 19, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • not much other than you listed. extremely clean and de-cluttered. clean the beds/trim landscape if overgrown. fresh 'neutral' paint looks good, if its needed (odd colors or marked-up walls). de-personalize it-take down all the tons of family photos/knickknacks, keep only necessary items out in kitchen/counter. you could have your carpets cleaned professionally, if they need it, or if the carpet is in good shape. some things like old-carpet can be negotiable in the contract. our realtor told us not to bother with changing the lighting fixtures; she said that was a cheap thing for buyers to change themselves, and wouldn't matter much in the long run as to listing price..unless your house is really old and ALL the fixtures needed updating. then again, that's also a listing price/negotiating factor..age.

    Answer by dullscissors at 11:10 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • also, keep in mind that while you are receiving potential buyers into your home, all the storage areas need to be shown as 'storageable areas'..this means to clean out the closets/storage areas so that the buyers can appreciate the extra space, and not have to imagine. this is a fairly easy and inexpensive fix: rent a small storage unit to put all the seasonal, personal stuff in while your house is being marketed. its stuff you don't need for everyday use anyway, right? and buyers need to be able to imagine THEIR belongings in your house; they aren't there to say nice things about your favorite, sentimental items.

    Answer by dullscissors at 11:13 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • i agree with all the above! i stage homes for a living u wont believe how some people just throw the house on the markets with all there pics still up and stuff all over and dishes in the sink its awful! just make sure things are clean and take all ur personal things down! make sure people can see how to use all the spaces! u might want to rent a storage unit! take out as much furniture as u can in rooms to make them look bigger! a clean home and the right price ur home should sell asap! good luck!

    Answer by Caroline2010 at 11:38 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Declutter, declutter,declutter. If you don't use it every day and if it a "personal" touch - store it. Empty out closets. Get rid about 1/2 the furniture in your living room/den/dining room etc. Paint the walls a light neutral tone. If you have carpet - have it professionally cleaned.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 1:58 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • All PP's are great. Also, you might want to check out the comp's in your area. See what your perspective buyers will have already seen.

    If things aren't moving well, ask your realtor if doing a home inspection might be helpful. It's a little risky - in my state, you have to disclose anything the inspection finds; but if there is a good chance this will come up anyway, having it on the table and built into the price could help. (Some inspectors/appraisers lean toward whoever hired them - buyer or seller) If it comes out clean, that's a plus for you. Your realtor will let you know what works best in your area. Good Luck.

    Answer by ss_mom at 9:54 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Every show I've seen on HGTV listed pretty much everything you've already said. Good luck!

    Answer by _Tam_ at 4:40 PM on Nov. 20, 2010

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