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I need advice from a seller's agent on getting my house ready to sell

1321 SW 14th Terrace Blue Springs,MO
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August 22 2011 - Blue Springs
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Most sellers need to declutter if they've been in their home for several years.  I go through their home and give advice, but I also suggest they visit a model home or think back on their last visit to a model home in a new subdivision, etc., and then try their best to make their home look as close to the way the model home does as possible.
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September 02 2011
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Thank you all very much for your comments.  I am updating the house--counters, floors, furnace, etc.  hoping for getting the best price for the house.  Currently my daughter lives in the house with her dog in and out, so I really haven't started installing the flooring or carpeting yet. I intend to sell as soon as she gets a place, for which she is currently in searching.
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September 02 2011
In today's real estate market we have two choices- appeal to buyers who are out for a "deal" (competing with distressed sales, such as short sales and foreclosures) or appeal to buyers who want a reasonably priced move-in ready home that has been well maintained.  Buyers looking for a deal will be motivated by nothing other than the price of the house.  Buyers that are in the market for a move-in ready home have very high expectations and usually several homes to choose from, so it's critical you partner with your agent to get the home in top condition and focus your marketing efforts on establishing value and demonstrating that you took a great pride of ownership in the home.  

Assuming your home will not be a distressed sale, some of items you can focus on that will get the biggest "bang for your buck" will be
* Make sure the home is free of wall-paper or taste specific paint colors- neutral is always best.
* Declutter and depersonalize- make sure there aren't family pictures everywhere which makes a buyer feel like they are a guest in your home instead of picturing their own family living there.
* Have your carpets professionally cleaned, and stretched if needed.
* Focus on your "curb appeal"- weeding flower beds, spreading fresh mulch, and setting out some brightly colored flowers in a pot on the porch will not only increase the perceived value of a home but will likely result in more showings.  

You don't have to figure it out on your own.  There is no cost or obligation to have a Realtor come out to the home to give you an honest evaluation, our real estate team visits several homes per week and provides this service.
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September 01 2011
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Are you at the point where you think you want to list the house tomorrow, or are you thinking of  "in a few months I want to be ready"?   If the latter, I'd start by decluttering, catching up with all those home maintenance jobs that have been neglected and cleaning.    Be serious with the decluttering, and depersonalizing and deferred maintenance.   

Then, starting thinking about what you want in a seller's agent so you can interview them carefully.     Last time we sold, we called 10 agents with a quickie interview on the phone.  Three were invited to visit and provide CMAs.   The interviews at home were at least 2 h/agent (except the one who was kicked out in 10 minutes).   This person will be our employee, and we'll be paying the employee a heck of a lot of money so we benefit by the rigorous interview.



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August 22 2011
You will need to contact and interview at least 2 or 3 agents and get their advice for your market.. It highly varies as to what you need to do to sell a home depending on what your competition in the area is doing. 
There are plenty of on line resources that are good places to start but they are going to give you general ideas.. .may not apply to your situation.. .such as HGTV and Yahoo real estate web sites..

good luck !
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