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Have you been thinking about selling your home here in San Antonio? Well, we’re going to talk about the top five things you can do today to get your house ready for the market. Stay tuned. Welcome to San Antonio Homes Insider, I’m Pam Roberts, the team leader of the Gateway Group at Keller Williams here in San Antonio. We give buyer tips and selling secrets for the real estate market and we’re here to help you when you’re thinking of buying or selling your home. Stay tuned till the end and we’ll give you a link so that you can get our seller’s guide.
San Antonio is one of the greatest cities to live in Texas. There’s so many things to do and see and enjoy. When you’re thinking about selling your home in today’s seller’s market, there’s top five things that you’ll want to do to get ready. Houses are selling super fast. That doesn’t mean that you can get top dollar for a house that doesn’t look as nice as another one for sale within the same neighborhood, and we’re going to tell you how to get yours ready. So before you even talk to a real estate agent, there’s several things you can do in advance to get your house ready.
Number one, that is depersonalize your home, and you’ve probably heard about this before. You want to make your home as neutral as possible so it will appeal to as many buyers as you can. What that means is you’re going to want to take down your family photos, things that are personal to you, also things like trophies and awards. Things like family photos and trophies might make some people uncomfortable when they come into your home. They don’t want to see personal pictures because they’re trying to envision it as their own property.
If you have a bookcase, like the one located behind me, and you have a lot of family photos in it, you might consider taking out those photos and putting in some accessories, maybe some items with some color to give the space some interest, but not give away any personal details about you or your family.
The number two item that you’re going to want to do when you’re getting ready to put your house on the market is to actually clean and declutter, and we’re going to put those as two separate items. When you declutter your home, you’re actually taking all of the items off of the surfaces. You want to make sure your kitchen counters look clean and spacious. So if you have extra appliances, you need to remove those. You can also take away items that make it look a little bit more busy. Take a look throughout the room and you want it to be a very open feeling.
When you’re decluttering, take note of bathroom counters, kitchen counters, as well as the bookshelves and bookcases and any flat surface that you have in your home. Make it as clean and simple as possible, leaving only a couple items were absolutely necessary because we want to show off your finishes and materials that are in the home. Since you’re going to be getting ready to move anyway, take this time to pare down and clean out closets, make those spaces look as empty as possible. You can box up many of your personal items and go ahead and store them in your garage. Photos are never of the garage, so that’s a good place to set aside an area to pack away items so the interior of the house looks much more spacious.
#3 Deep Clean
Here in San Antonio, a lot of our properties have views of the Hill Country, and you really want to maximize that feature when you’re selling your home. Make sure your windows are pristine, there’s no little doggy smudges from when they’re looking out the windows. Dust accumulates on those windows and it really does make a haze. So it’s really a good idea to clean all of your windows in the home, but especially those at the entry and at the back door so then people, when they’re coming in and leaving, they’ll notice how sparkling those windows are.
If you don’t have the time or money to paint the entire exterior, make sure you put a fresh coat of paint on your front door or re-stain it so that it looks fresh and new. If you painted colors in your kid’s room, consider neutralizing those colors as well. Again, a client that might be coming in to purchase your home may not have kids, maybe they’d want to use it as an office. So it might be off-putting to see a bright color in a room that they might not realize could be used for another purpose.
The last tip, number five, is taking into account how those bathrooms look. Bathrooms, kitchens always are very important in selling your home and you really want to make sure not only are they clean, but they look as big and spacious as possible. Make sure you have brand new fresh towels out, as well as a new shower curtain if you can, because those are really relatively low cost items that are going to make a big bang in those small areas. Also don’t use any floor rugs in the bathrooms because we really want to show off the tile and maximize look of the materials that are used in the home.