How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

When it comes time to sell your San Francisco Mid Peninsula home, your first task should be to find an outstanding Realtor. This important professional should have ample experience selling homes in your area, a documented record of success, and a long list of happy clients. A skilled Realtor should also have the resources and knowledge needed to show you how to get your house ready to sell. This is step one in the sales process and it is very important to achieve maximum success and profits.

Quality Mid Peninsula homes, especially San Carlos homes, are in demand. The convenient location, beautiful surroundings, and highly ranked public school systems make the Mid Peninsula a preferred place to live. The desirability of San Carlos real estate, Belmont real estate, Redwood City real estate, San Mateo real estate, and more does not mean you should just slap a sign in the yard and see what happens. The potential upside of a Mid Peninsula home sale deserves preparation.

Many consumers think of home staging as the act of putting fresh furniture and accessories into a home for sale. Although this is often the final step in preparing a home for sale, the process is usually more involved than that. According to Wikipedia, "Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property's appeal by insuring it is a welcoming, attractive product that any buyer can see themself living in and, thus, desire to purchase."

Mid Peninsula home buyers love a move-in ready home. Even if they plan to fully remodel the property at a later date, they are drawn to homes that are clean and fresh. There are a few projects that can have a major impact on how a home is perceived by interested buyers and are the best place to start in learning how to get your house ready to sell.

PAINT

A fresh coat of paint does a lot for any home. It is the least expensive way to make a home feel fresh and clean. At Veritas Homes, we encourage Mid Peninsula home sellers to change out strong colors to more neutral ones and also utilize paint to modernize old wood cabinetry. Attending to cracking or peeling exterior paint is also extremely important. Paint protects exterior surfaces from the elements and prevents wood rot - a red flag on any termite inspection.

FLOORING

Flooring is truly the foundation of any home interior, and it takes a beating. Updating or refinishing existing flooring is a larger project but it makes a huge difference in the way home buyers perceive your Bay Area home. Home buyers tend to prefer hardwood flooring over carpeted spaces, so exposing and refinishing existing hardwood flooring is ideal. If your home does not have hardwood flooring, installing luxury vinyl flooring or simply replacing the carpet is often a wise choice.

KITCHEN AND BATH UPGRADES

Presenting a home with dated and dirty kitchen and bath surfaces is a great way to turn off potential home owners. They are heavily-used rooms in any home and they can be quite expensive and time-intensive to remodel, so buyers tend to look closely at them. Re-coating bathtubs, showers, and kitchen countertop tile is an affordable and high-value improvement. Changing out degraded shower doors, replacing dated cabinet pulls, and replacing broken appliances are also common answers to how to get your home ready to sell.

LIGHT FIXTURES

Swapping out old light fixtures and installing quality LED light bulbs can transform a room. Luckily, fun and affordable light fixtures are easy to find on the internet. Sites like Build.com, Amazon.com, Lamps Plus, and Homedepot.com are great places to start. There are also wonderful finds on Etsy.com and Shadesoflight.com. Light fixtures are a great way to add some modernity to an older home.

Learning how to get your house ready to sell is an important first step in any home sale. Luckily, Veritas Homes is here to help from beginning to end. We have successfully helped a long list of sellers with this important process and have a dedicated seller concierge on staff who helps make the process seamless. Call Val at 650-740-6025 to learn more.

To better understand the Mid Peninsula real estate markets, including Atherton real estate, Belmont real estate, Burlingame real estate, Foster City real estate, Hillsborough real estate, Menlo Park real estate, Redwood City real estate, Redwood Shores real estate, San Carlos real estate, San Mateo real estate, and Woodside real estate, you will want to download the 2022 Veritas Report - a detailed yet easy-to-read commentary from local real estate expert Val Vandervort. 

 


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