You've decided to "move-on" with life and embrace your next journey!  Your home has served you and your family well, but now it's time to begin thinking of it as a "house", and a "home" for another family!  Following are a few suggestions on how best to prepare your psyche and your "house" for getting it listed and sold!
 
Price it right
Find out what your home is worth (best approach is having your Realtor provide comparable (comps) of recent SALES of like properties in your neighborhood), then consider shaving  5-10+ percent off the price. It’s the single best strategy when you’re serious about selling.
 
Storage/closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and seemingly, can never have enough of. Consider removing half the items out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left. Buyers will often want to check out everything, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy, and although it is rare that "things disappear", it's always wise to secure cash, valuables and prescribed medicines.
 

Light and bright
Maximize the light in your house. After location, good light is the one thing that many buyers cite that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do to make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

Partnering with an experience/informed Realtor

Make sure you have a Realtor who is totally informed. Sold Sisters Savannah constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are doing in the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. We embrace technology – and have many tools and resources to help get your house sold. We communicate with you regularly and provide input from buyers/their agents who have viewed your property.

Conceal signs of pets, and make sure the house is “smoke-free”
Sadly not everyone is a dog-or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk into your house and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. Also, if there is, or has been a smoker in the home, take every measure to ensure there is no hint of smoke.  One well known quote from many Realtors is: “if you smell it, you can't sell it.”

Repair versus over-upgrade
Generally speaking, quick fixes before selling pay off, extensive makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace wore/broken door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.  However, structural repairs may have a significant impact on the sale of your house; if this is an issue, get a qualified contractor to provide an assessment of the situation and determine if it warrants repair or price reduction.

Make your home a house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal items in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your "stuff" – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.  Maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space; ask your Sold Sisters Savannah to help if needed.

The kitchen - where everyone gathers
Many times it turns out that you’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get a high percentage of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may want to knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.  Repair any obvious flaws (especially structural) in the floors or walls.

Ready to show
Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

First impressions matter
No matter how good the interior of your house looks, buyers have already judged your it before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your house’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into the curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, and/or a vase of fresh-cut flowers.

Once the buyer of your "house" has made an acceptable offer, you and your family can begin making plans for your future adventures and you'll be ready to make a toast to the new "home" owners at the closing!