You have REALLY committed to selling your home. You have a good reason for selling... maybe it's a promotion requiring a relocation or you are retiring and moving closer to the kids, Possibly your second home is just too much of a burden and selling is appropriate. We all hope it's not for health reasons of you or a loved one. Whatever the reason, you ARE committed to selling.
At that moment when you make that solid decision to sell, the way that you think of your home should change. Those future plans for personalizing your home to make it just what you had dreamed of are likely no longer appropriate. Yes, I know, purple and pink walls could make for a unique and playful daughter's bedroom, but ....
Your mindset now turns toward what to do to make it salable.It may help to start thinking of this home as someone elses home, and you are the short term caretaker. Or think of yourself as both landlord and tennant all rolled into one. You know that the next occupant probably won't want purple and pink.
While major reconstruction at this point won't work, there are several basics that you should do to Spiff It Up First:
- If it's dirty - CLEAN IT.
- If it's broken - FIX IT.
- If it Needs Paint - PAINT IT.
- If it has Grown Too Tall - CUT IT.
- If it's Cluttered - DE-CLUTTER IT.
- If it is Personal - PACK IT UP.
- If it's Worn Out - GET RID OF IT.
"Sure Brad, that is all good advice, but what do I do with the extra stuff... the way large furniture... my prized collections and antiques?"
Lately, I have noticed many are using those portable haul-away boxes that are deposited in your driveway, filled by you, and then taken off to storage. When you have your new location, call for delivery and unpack it. You are going to move it at some point anyway. Why not move the excess out before showing.
Got all of this done? GREAT! Now it's time for the listing, photos and showings.
One more thought:
The way that you live in a home, and the way that you live in a home while you are selling it are two very different lifestyles
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It's All About YOU! Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, Upland, CA
Brad Rachielles, REALTOR. Helping Inland Empire Buyers and Sellers with their Real Estate needs in the Communities of: Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Claremont, Ontario, Chino, Chino Hills, Pomona and La Verne, CA.
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