Pullman WA Real Estate -- Selling Your Home (Part 1)
By Lori Cofer "Your Pullman Real Estate Connection"
Selling your home is a team effort between your REALTOR and yourself. There can be no doubt that pricing your home and marketing your home is essential to achieving your goal of getting your home SOLD! And this is where your REALTOR is invaluable in getting your home ready to market!
But YOU also play an essential role in marketing your home. Your role is to make your home stand out from all the rest! As they say, you only get one chance to make a good first impression! Here is the first part of a series designed to help you do just that!
The first step in marketing your home is to break the emotional tie that you have with your home. You have to step back and recognize that in order to effectively sell your home, you have to come to grips with the fact that your home must be marketable. To do so, your home has to appeal to the broadest spectrum of buyers it possibly can. When you no longer see "you" in the home, you are that much closer to getting your home sold! We will talk more about this when we look at de-cluttering and de-personalizing your home next time.
Let's start by first taking a notebook and pen and taking a constructive walk up to your house and through each room. Start by noting the things that are must be taken care of. Look for things that need to be repaired. Neglected repairs signals a lack of overall care of the property, so if something is broken or not working properly, get it fixed! In fact, some seller's consider a pre-inspection report from a qualified inspector helpful. That way, they have the confidence to know that there are no big surprises that will surface later on!
Next, let's consider the "curb appeal" of the house. Go to your curb and try to take an objective look at your house. As you do, ask yourself:
Does my front door make a great first impression?
Is the entry way well lit?
Can I read the street numbers?
Is the outside of the house clean? How about the windows?
Are under the eaves swept and clean, and does the paint and trim look good?
Is the walkway and driveway in good repair, clean and tidy?
Are hoses neatly coiled and tucked away?
Are garbage receptacles out of sight?
How does the landscaping look? Is everything well trimmed, mowed and weeded?
What points of interest could I use to draw buyer's in to want to see the rest of my home?
How about some colorful pots of flowers, a door wreath or garden objects tucked in garden beds?
Remember, you aren't going to sell your home if the buyer's won't come in to take a look!! You want to make sure your home says WELCOME from the curb to the front door and beyond! In the next part of this series, we will take a look at what you can do to help make your buyers love what they see inside!
About the Author: The above piece was provided as a community service by Lori Cofer, a local Pullman Real Estate Agent. Lori can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 509-330-0086. Lori is happy to assist you in all your Pullman real estate and Moscow Real Estate needs. Lori is "Your Pullman WA Real Estate Connection!"