BY DONNA SCHWAN
What does getting your home "Market Ready," mean?
Sizing up the competition to get the price you need to have at the top of the closing statement?
It is much simpler than you think.
Each price point in each market has expectations for that price range.
Sellers' ask , "What do I need to do to get my house ready to sell?"
Most Brokers know you want them to say, "NO." So many Brokers say, "No." They want the listing and they want to please you.
Sometimes you will tell the Broker that another agent told you all the things you need to do to get the house "Market Ready," with sweat on your brow.
You may be low on funds or energy so doing work to your home seems impossible. But think of it this way: keeping your property on the market for years will cost you a lot more mortgage payments, utilities, taxes, and upkeep. Those expenses mean less dollars for you.
There are always things you can do for low cost and effort.
Think about what would be important to you if you are out looking for a new property.
Clear view of the outside and inside of the property. The more a buyer can see the more they can see themselves living there. And that is just what you want them to do.
Home Staging & Design
Many empty nesters have lived alone in what was a family home for many years. What used to be a home with all of the rooms being used every day, some are now abandoned. The owners may have gravitated to a small area of the house, and that part is now cluttered.
This is easy. Create balance. Add energy into those abandon areas, clean the rooms and get some updated bedding, clean out the closets, and make sure the light bulbs are working. Pack away the things you don't use at least once a week.