Top 10 things to do before listing your home in Wamego, KS

Get social with the Best In Blue!
hello world!

Getting ready to sell your home? If so, here are the top 10 things to do before listing your home in Wamego, KS!

When you’re considering making a move, whether it’s across town or across the county, you’ll want to get your house ready to sell. Most sellers want a quick sale and also want to maximize the amount of money they can get for their home. Buyers gravitate to homes that they find value in, which are homes that they can see themselves living in. Here are 10 easy-to-follow steps to make sure your house is ready to hit the market!

Find a great REALTOR!

Hire a REALTOR that you trust, that knows the local market, and that you’re comfortable talking to and asking questions. We’re here to help and you should feel comfortable asking questions and feel that your concerns are heard.

Curb appeal

Add fresh mulch to flower beds, plant flowers in flowerpots, and remove weeds from flower beds. Pick up sticks from the yard, and keep the yard freshly mowed. Power-wash your house or give it a fresh coat of paint.

De-clutter

Clear off countertops, tables, closets, kitchen drawers, and cupboards. Houses that are overflowing with stuff will make buyers think there’s not enough storage space. Donate excess stuff or pack it up and put it in off-site storage. This additionally makes moving easier with some of your stuff already packed.

Photo Credit: M Home Staging

Remove personal items/photos/bold artwork.

Remove distractions so buyers can imagine themselves in the home. You don’t want the buyer to be looking at your family photos, you want them to look at the room and see the furniture in the space. Re-paint any bold wall colors. You may love bright colors, but the buyer may not. Bold colors could be off-putting to new buyers.

Hide Valuables, art, jewelry, firearms, and medications.

Lock up, or take off-site any items that are valuable to you, personal or monetary. Agents may be with clients in the home, but it’s hard to control if the buyers go in different directions. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Staging

Rearrange furniture. You don’t need to buy new furniture, but you need to make sure you have good placement around the room. Less is more and opening up a space typically makes it more appealing to buyers. If you feel you need some help, I also have staging contacts that can assist you from a simple in-home consultation to fully staging your home.

Touch-up

Patch holes from photos/artwork; touch up paint on doors, cabinets, baseboards, and walls. When buyers see things like this, they sometimes assume the home has not been well kept or that the home needs “work.”

Photo Credit: M Home Staging

Make repairs

Fix the small stuff. Buyers will see the repairs that need to be done when walking through the house before making the offer, often resulting in a lower purchase price. When the same repairs come up on the inspection report, they’ll often want them fixed or take money off again.

Lighting

Replace light bulbs throughout the house. Open the curtains and let in the sunshine. The brighter the home is, the more welcoming it feels to buyers. The more welcoming, the more it will feel like home.

Clean, clean, and clean some more

Make it shine! Pet smell or other lingering odors may turn away buyers. Give your home a deep cleaning, do not mask the smell with candles, plug-ins, or other room deodorizers. Most buyers are instantly turned away when touring a home that has not been cleaned. For buyers will allergies, products used to mask smells can prevent them from being able to tour your home. Simply, there is no replacement for clean!

You only get one chance for a first impression! Following these 10 simple steps will make sure that your house is ready to hit the market and bring in offers.  Have additional questions? Call me anytime for an in-home consultation to help get your house “market ready!”

Crystal Magette
Article Author

Crystal Magette

Get social with the Best In Blue!
Subscribe For Updates
Stay in the loop with the most recent Kansas Real Estate news by subscribing to our newsletter!
Subscription Form

become an agent in blue

Learn about a rewarding career as a Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisor
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors has been helping people buy and sell homes for over 35 years. In that time, we`ve earned the respect of National and Local Organizations for both our standards and ability to get the job done. We are dedicated to the commitment and professionalism needed to be respected by our clients, customers and peers.
Find A Home
ManhattanJunction CityWamegoSt. GeorgeOgdenRiley
Become An Agent
Get started with your Real Estate career with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors
Careers
Stay Updated
Stay in the loop with the most recent Kansas Real Estate news by subscribing to our newsletter!
Subscription Form
The information being provided by Manhattan Association of Realtors is for the consumer's personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. Any information relating to real estate for sale referenced on this web site comes from the Internet Data Exchange (IDX) program of the Manhattan Association of Realtors. Real Estate Advisors is not a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), nor does it offer MLS access. This website is a service of Real Estate Advisors, a broker participant of Manhattan Association of Realtors. This web site may reference real estate listing(s) held by a brokerage firm other than the broker and/or agent who owns this web site.

The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to open house information, square footages and lot sizes, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be personally verified through personal inspection by and/or with the appropriate professionals. The data contained herein is copyrighted by Manhattan Association of Realtors and is protected by all applicable copyright laws. Any unauthorized dissemination of this information is in violation of copyright laws and is strictly prohibited.
Designed by MKS Web Design
Copyright © 2024 All Rights Reserved
Terms & Conditions
menu