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Placitas Land and Homes Tips for Selling Your Home

Getting your home ready to sell may seem pretty straight forward. But there are some valuable and important tips that can make your home more attractive to a wider range of buyers. You already know many of these tips, but please take a moment and read through these tips and suggestions as you just might find the perfect trick you need to add “buyer appeal” to your home. Many of these tips are from the booklet, Seller's Checklist, published by Fidelity National Title.

Getting the inside of your home ready:

  • To make your home look spacious and accessible, have as little furniture and other personal items (knickknacks, toys, dog beds, excretes equipment, etc.) as possible in the rooms. Visitors should have easy access to the whole house and not have to walk around obstacles to get from room to room. Less furniture and clutter will have the effect of opening up the rooms and will make your house look larger and more desirous. We will be happy to help you decide what should stay and what should go.

  • A fresh coat of paint will work wonders. But limit your palette to neutral colors that have the widest appeal. Molding and other woodwork that gets the most contact can look very shabby and make your house look old. Fresh paint, or just a good scrubbing, can change this dramatically.

  • Have your carpeting and draperies cleaned. These items retain household smells that can be a real tun off to potential buyers.

  • Repair any dripping faucets.

  • Replace old cauking around the tub and if there is any mildew, get rid of it.

  • Lubricate squeaky doors and windows. Doors and windows, like little children, should be seen and not heard!

  • Store out of season clothes. Closets should look spacious and uncluttered.

  • Spray closets and the rest of the house with an air freshening spray that will clean the air without leaving a cloying smell. Julie recommends Wizard Odor Neutralizer. It freshens the air but does not leave a lingering after odor.

  • Clean off the kitchen counter. Leave a few appliances but not so many that your visitors cannot see the counter tops. Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in your house and can make or break a sale!

  • Make sure the inside of your refrigerator is spotless. Many people judge your house maintaining abilities by the appearance of your refrigerator. Likewise, most visitors will look in your kitchen cabinets, so make sure everything is tidy and in order.

  • Give your house a thorough cleaning. This might be the time to engage the services of a good house cleaning professional. We’d be delighted to recommend some we have had success with.

  • Wash the windows. We also have some excellent recommendations if your need professional help.

  • Remove stains from sinks, tubs, and toilets. This is especially true in New Mexico where our water leaves a lot of unsightly mineral deposits. Julie also recommends replacing the toilet seats. You can buy new toilet seats at most home owners stores. Nothing is more of a turn off than a soiled, stained toilet and toilet seat!

  • Clean out the garage. Get rid of all that stuff you have not used in years and probably never will use again. Stack items against the walls of the garage to make the garage look open and inviting.

  • Sweep out the garage and get rid of any pack rats nests, rattle snakes, spider webs and other garage atrocities.

  • Make sure that all mechanical systems, garage doors, furnaces, swamp coolers, appliances that are staying with the house, have been checked and are in working order. We can supply names of qualified professionals if needed.

  • Last but not least, have some close friends who are candid who you trust come and give your home the sniff test. We all become accustomed to the smells of our own homes but others might be put off by lingering smoke odors or pet odors. If your home flunks the sniff test then a good professional cleaning may be in order! We can recommend people we have worked with who can work miracles. Cat box odors can be especially repugnant to potential buyers. Keep the box clean and replace the litter often. A frequent application of air freshener spray will also help lift cat box odors.

Getting the outside of your home ready:

  • Trim all shrubbery and remove low lying tree limbs. Clear out any yard debris and remove any dead plants and shrubs. Less is always more. (Usually not a problem in New Mexico). 

  • Plant flowers and/or native plants to brighten up the front yard. Have some flowers in pots by the front door to make your house inviting and cheerful and to create a positive first impression.

  • Repair and patch cracks in the stucco. You want to make your home look as new and fresh as possible to get top dollar.

  • Repaint or re-stain the front door to make a good first impression.

  • Replace torn window screens screen doors.

  • Get rid of old worn out furniture and other yard detritus. You can donate anything in good condition to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Showing your house to its best advantage

Potential buyers usually decide on a home purchase based on many emotional issues. Is the house clean? Spacious? Quiet? Convenient to get around in? Here are some tips to help you get the edge when showing off your home.

  • Place some flowers around the house. They look bright and friendly and will make your visitors feel welcome. And some flowers can even add a fragrant, natural scent to the air.

  • Let in the light! You may prefer to have the house dark and cozy but most buyers prefer a well aired and well lighted house. Open drapes and blinds. If the weather permits, open the windows and let the fresh air in.

  • Turn on the lights. We all get used to seeing in our homes even if some of the rooms are dark. To a buyer, however, some rooms can look dark and gloomy. Turning on the lights will make the house look brighter and more inviting. Honest!

  • Put the pooch outside. Many buyers love dogs and do not mind being welcomed by a friendly dog (most don’t). Err on the side of those who don’t.

  • Your house should be warm in winter and cool in the summer.

  • As much as it is a temptation to do so, do not speak to your visitors. Do not dog them around the house pointing out all the really special and unique features. This is what your listing agent, or realtor is for. On the other hand, make sure your listing agent knows of all these features so she or he can pass this along to the other agents.

  • If at all possible, become invisible. It this is not possible, then try to stay out of the way. If the weather is pleasant, sit outside and have a refreshing beverage.

  • Make the effort to keep your house in top showing condition and don’t let up after a few days or a few weeks. You just never know when Mr. and Mrs. Right are going to come through.

We would be happy to come to your house and advise you on what needs attention. It is our business and the better your house conforms to these tips, the quicker we will be able to find the perfect buyer.

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