Preparing Your House For Sale

From experience, Forte Properties knows that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can’t see has probably also been maintained. In readying your Austin area house for sale, there are three things that you should consider.

Depersonalizing and De-Cluttering

Anyone who has experience in selling real estate knows the importance of getting rid of the clutter. But that’s just the beginning. Along with de-cluttering, you have to depersonalize your home. Lose the 27 pictures of your baby and replace them with one or two nicely framed photos. Take the kids’ artwork off the fridge, stash the shelf of athletic trophies in a box. You need to make the home look generic. The idea is to appeal to what 85 percent of the population will like. That means your collection of snow globes should go in the deep freeze, at least until you move into your new space.

Investing in Cosmetic Upgrades

This is one of the most difficult things to determine: How much money do you put into a house that you are going to leave? It’s a fine balance and every situation is different. What you need to figure out is whether skipping a repair or renovation will make buyers think your house is not worth the price. Kitchens and baths are very important, and it’s often worth it to make an investment if something is in poor condition. Sometimes a small improvement can go a long way. If buyers see the kitchen counters in bad shape, they will most likely think, “The kitchen is dated. We will have to renovate and that will cost $30,000.” If you have one detracting element, and you can give it a facelift, it’s generally worth it.

Don’t Neglect The Exterior

When selling Austin real estate, sellers have a tendency to focus on the interior, and that’s a mistake. The outside of your home is the first thing that a potential buyer sees, and it sets the tone for the whole house tour. If buyers don’t get the impression of a well-maintained home outside, they will be less inclined to think it’s well-maintained inside. Trim the shrubs, mulch, fix the walkway, make sure the front door looks good. Otherwise, buyers will be taking off the price of the home before they even step foot in the door. In fact, it helps to think seasonally about your outdoor area.

The key to preparing your Austin house for sale, is to concentrate on those aspects of the home that you can improve. You can’t make your backyard bigger, or change the location of your house. But everyone can clean, touch up, and do some landscaping. In order to sell fast and for top dollar, you have to have a house that stands out.