Carla Lott, ASP, CREN
Licensed in Illinois
(309) 737-7793 (cell)
(309) 764-2588 (fax)
Mel Foster Co.
2500 41st St.
Moline, IL 61265
Mel Foster Co. Inc. of
Iowa and Illinois
Iowa and Illinois
No matter what your reason, selling a home can be a difficult decision. My goal is to sell your home in the shortest amount of time and for the highest price possible. To reach that goal, I've compiled some useful home selling steps. Buyers today want homes that are move-in ready! They do not want to have to paint, put down new carpet, remodel the kitchen or do all the landscaping. If you have additional questions, please contact me.
Check out your competition
Visit homes similar to your home type, size and neighborhood and price range. How does the competition compare? Do they have more curb appeal? Are they less cluttered? Are they more or less updated than your home? Do they have newer windows, siding or appliances? All of this will affect a buyer's final choice.
Think like the buyer
Look at your home through the eyes of a buyer - the same way you will look at any home you may purchase. It is a good idea to attend some open houses that are in the same price range as yours. See what you notice, see what you like and maybe most important what annoys you. This can help you from making the same mistakes with your house.
Clear the Clutter
Get rid of clutter in all areas of your home - attic, bath vanities, closets, drawers, kitchen cabinets, and garage. Make closets appear larger by removing items. If necessary, rent a storage space for those seasonal or sentimental valued items that you cannot part with. This way when you are ready to move, those things are already packed and ready to go. A minimalistic house will show better in photos and in all personal showings.
After clearing the clutter, now comes the cleaning! Be sure to make the baths sparkle, wipe down the baseboards,wash the top of the fridge and clean the oven, have the carpets shampooed, wipe the blades on the ceiling fans and knock down any cob webs. Check behind crutains, chairs, beds and any place else you don't normally give a lot of attention to.
Don't forget the exterior of your home. Make sure there is no trash in the yard. Put away kids' toys, bikes, hoses, yard tools, piles of rags, old cans or barrells. Anything that is not considered landscaping should not be on view. Clean the windows inside and outside.
Little repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, bathroom and kitchen tile grout, screens, scratches on the walls, and leaky faucets are necessary to fix if you want to attract buyers.
A fresh coat of neutral color can brighten or update a room easily and without a lot of expense. Give the front door or exterior shutters a look over if needed as well.
Show and sell
Now, you've compared, cleared, cleaned, shined, and repaired - bring on those buyers!
Let the sun shine in
Open draperies, curtains and blinds so potential buyers can see how cheerful your home can be. Turn on all lights to make the home buyer feel glowing warmth. Some people may have pet allergies so make sure your home is free of "pet odor" and that they are not in the house during an open house or showing.