Zillow Advice: Selling Process - what do i need to do about getting my home ready to go on the market. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate It depends on how quickly ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ <p>It depends on how quickly you want to attract buyers and offers and make the sale, and whether you think your market will attract buyers who don't mind "as is" contracts.<br/><br/>Generally speaking, you'll be expected to have your house look as though it is brand new.<br/><br/>Replace everything, paint everything, fix everything and then you will have spent so much money, you won't feel like moving. Even after you do that, the buyers will low-ball you and expect you to pay for their closing costs. Also, if your home is priced in the range that is FHA approved, expect to deal with that crap, too.<br/><br/>If I NEVER have to sell a home again, it will be too soon.<br/><br/>A few minutes tidying up?? When there are people living in the home while trying to sell it, it's a good deal more than just a "few minutes of tidying up". Oh - then you're going to have people who show up and you need to scramble to have it ready in like 10 minutes. If you are solvent enough to have some other person do everything for you and you can move elsewhere while you're selling this property, I advise you do that.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ 2014-08-13T18:57:00Z When Listing your property, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ <p>When Listing your property, you only get one chance to make a good impression.</p><p>Here are some suggestions to increase the desirability of your property to potential</p><p>buyers, and help you sell at the best price, in the least amount of time.</p><br/>&nbsp;<br/><p>Curb Appeal Is Essential - A buyer's first impression is formed by viewing the outside of your property.</p><p>Trim plants and trees, weed your front back and side yards, use leaf blowers to remove leaves, pods,</p><p>plant debris. Inspect the exterior of your property, including shutters and windows. Steel or aluminum</p><p>siding should be clean. If the house needs painting, buyers will notice, and may consider it a major</p><p>objection to purchasing your property.</p><p>Pay close attention to the front door &ndash; it should sparkle. Polish the doorknob, clean the glass and</p><p>replace worn screens.Neatness Counts &ndash; A sparkling clean home greatly enhances its appeal to buyers. Scrub each room&nbsp;from top to bottom covering every nook and cranny. The entryway, kitchen and bathrooms are key</p><p>areas, and should be given special attention. Shampoo the carpeting if it hasn't been done recently.</p><p>If your carpet is old or matted it will be a detriment to selling the property. Consider replacing it or</p><p>removing it if there is hardwood underneath.</p><p>Eliminate Clutter &ndash; Closets, cupboards and other storage areas should be neat and uncluttered. Box</p><p>everything you do not use regularly and donate it, sell it, throw it away or store it. Look at each room</p><p>in the house with "less is best" as your objective. Remove unneeded furniture to make each room</p><p>appear more spacious. Kitchen counter-tops should be clear of everything except what you use daily.</p><p>If it's Broken, Fix it &ndash; Repairs such as loose door knob, broken dishwasher, dripping faucet and</p><p>squeaky or sticking doors all detract from a property's value. An afternoon spent making needed</p><p>repairs now can eliminate buyers' objections later. Hire a professional, if needed.</p><p>Small Additions Make a Big Impression &ndash; With minimal expense, you can improve the appearance</p><p>of any room. Consider replacing worn area rugs and throw pillows. New towels can freshen a tired</p><p>kitchen or bath. Flowers add warmth and charm to any location. Identify the things you can do to make</p><p>areas more pleasing to a buyer.</p><p>It's a Team Effort &ndash; Enlist the help of all household members to get the house ready &ndash; and keep it</p><p>ready &ndash; for prospective buyers. A few minutes spent tidying up each morning can make the difference</p><p>for a showing in the afternoon!</p><br/>&nbsp;<br/>&nbsp;Good Luck<br/>&nbsp; Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ 2014-08-13T13:42:00Z First of all, best of luck ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ First of all, best of luck to you and your real estate goals! &nbsp;The first thing you'll want to do is look at what other homes have sold for in your local area. &nbsp;Depending on how fast-moving your area is, this may be comparables in the past 30 days, 45 days, etc. &nbsp;This analysis should compare the square footage, layout, number of bed/bathrooms, garage spaces, as well as the condition of the home. &nbsp;Some easy and inexpensive things you can do to keep your home updated would be replacing outdated light fixtures, replace outdated cabinet and door hardware, and clean clean clean! &nbsp;Also, don't forget about some landscaping and yard cleanup to create an exceptional first-impression. &nbsp;If you'd like to keep the process easier for you, then trust a real estate agent to handle the market analysis, contracts, and paperwork on your behalf. &nbsp;Agents like me do it because we really love it and it is very satisfying to guide people toward their goals successfully. 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Pet odors.<br/>2. Mold or mildew in basement areas<br/>3. Spoiled food in storage areas.<br/>4. Musty smells in the laundry room.<br/>5. Smoke<br/><br/>First eliminate the source of the odor.<br/>Second - clean the air. &nbsp;This could be as simple as opening a window and as complex as renting an air scrubber for serious problems. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ 2013-12-13T17:05:00Z Great tips from Shayla on ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ <p>Great tips from Shayla on getting your home ready to sell.&nbsp; If you are wondering how long it could take, a local real estate professional should be able to give you the absorption rate which is the time it will take a home in your area and price range to sell.&nbsp; If you need names of agents in the Bellevue area, please let me know I would be happy to recommend some great agents!<br/>Amy Mosser<br/>Woods Bros<br/><a href="mailto:amy.mosser@woodsbros.com" rel="nofollow">amy.mosser@woodsbros.com</a></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ 2013-12-11T21:49:00Z Besides finding a local Real ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ Besides finding a local Real Estate expert, here are some of the basics:<br/>* give the home curb appeal by cleaning up the yard, adding landscape or cutting shrubs/bushes<br/>* make sure the exterior of the home looks free from defects<br/>* your goal is make the buyer want to see inside of your home and if the curb appeal is lacking, you may lose folks<br/>* cleanliness is key! make sure it is as clean as possible at all times<br/>* a fresh coat of paint and thorough carpet cleaning go a lonnng way<br/>* make sure that the windows are clean - nothing looks worse than dirty windows<br/>* de-clutter the home by taking down some of the personal photos &amp; knicknacks. you want to appeal to the masses<br/>* dishes and laundry put away!<br/><br/>These are just some of the simple things that you can do for little cost &amp; effort<br/><br/>Hope this helps -- Good luck -- Shayla Twit, Sarasota, FL Realtor Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ 2013-11-30T23:15:00Z do you live next to a realtor ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ <br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://articles.philly.com/2013-06-28/news/40257744_1_dead-animals-police-fliers">do you live next to a realtor looking to sell their own home?</a> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ 2013-11-30T18:29:00Z Yes, I agree the best approach ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ Yes, I agree the best approach is to consult with a local, fulltime, experienced agent in your market area.&nbsp; The information you need will be covered; it is well worth your time. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-do-i-need-to-do-about-getting-my-home-ready-to-go-on-the-market/520437/ 2013-11-30T18:18:00Z