Moving is already stressful enough, but add a quick sale to the mix and it can feel like your house is the bane of your existence. As a military family, we understand the pain of having to PCS on short notice and being stuck with a house that just won’t budge. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some tips and tricks to prepare your house for a quick and easy sale. Plus, we’ll throw in a few jokes to keep things light, because let’s be real, laughter is the best medicine.
First Impressions are Everything:
As much as we want to say that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, unfortunately, homebuyers will judge your house based on its curb appeal. So, before listing your house, make sure to spruce up the outside. Mow the lawn, trim the bushes, power wash the exterior and add a pop of color with some flowers. And for the love of all things holy, take-down any tacky lawn ornaments. No one wants to see a giant garden gnome or flamingo. Sorry, not sorry.
De-Clutter and De-Personalize:
As much as you love your family photos, they don’t love you. JK, we all love some good old-fashioned family memories, but when it comes to selling your house, you want buyers to be able to envision themselves in the space. So, pack away any personal mementos and declutter each room. This includes anything that’s taking up space or is not necessary for daily living. Donate items that are still in good condition and throw away any broken or unusable items. The rule of thumb is the cleaner and more minimalistic the better.
Listen, we get it, cleaning isn’t the most fun activity out there, but it’s a necessary evil. A dirty house won’t sell, and it’s as simple as that. So, hire a professional cleaning service or deep clean yourself. This includes everything from the baseboards to the ceiling fans to the grout in your bathroom. Leave no surface untouched. And don’t forget to empty out the fridge and oven! Nothing is worse than a potential buyer opening up your fridge to find last week’s leftovers.
Find the Right Real Estate Agent:
Your real estate agent is your go-to person during the home-selling process, so it’s important to find someone that’s a good fit. Look for an agent that has experience selling homes in your area and understands the current market. They should also be responsive, communicative and have your best interests in mind. And if you’re not meshing well with your current agent, don’t be afraid to shop around. This is a business transaction, after all.
Price it Right:
Last but not least, price your house correctly. Your real estate agent can help you with this, but it’s important to do your research as well. Look at comparable homes in your area and see what they’re selling for. And don’t forget to take into account any repairs or upgrades needed for your home. Remember, a high price tag does not always equal a high sale price. Be realistic and reasonable.
We know PCSing can be a daunting task, but preparing your house for a quick and easy sale doesn’t have to be. Just follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a sold sign in your front yard. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save on storage fees and having to haul all your junk with you on your next move. Cheers to a successful sale and happy PCSing!Read more: PCSing? How to Prepare Your House for a Quick and Easy Sale
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