Post # 1
So my husband and I have been looking at new houses and have found one in a great neighbourhood, brand new construction (we get to pick everything, yay!). The thing I’m worried about is selling our other house (technically its just my husband’s). For bees who have sold a house before….did you do much to get it “market-ready”? How long did it take to sell? What season did you sell it (spring, winter,etc)? Any helpful hints you could offer??
ETA: the house we’d be selling is quite small, one floor (basement is dirt/cement, attic is walk-up, tons of storage but not usable as a room), 1 bathroom, 2 bedrooms.
Post # 2
Ive never sold a house but I can give you my opinion from having bought and seen a wide array of houses!
We started looking in early summer. I think Spring and Summer are the best months depending on where you are. Everything looks fresh, flowers are starting to bloom etc. For outside the house- make sure your house has a little curb appeal. Clean up the yard, put down fresh mulch, fix any little things you can. For inside- de personalize & de cluter! The homeowners of the house we ended up buying told us they took down most, if not all of their personal photos. You want your buyers to be able to imagine themselves in the house. Its tough to do that when they see your family photos all over! Clear off counters as much as possible, put things in drawers, etc. I was shocked at some of the houses we went into….people didn’t even bother to hang up their towels in the bathroom. If I saw a house that wasn’t well cared for on an daily basis, I know they haven’t put care into the house itself!
Hope this helps!
Post # 3
_blackbird_: Talk to a realtor, selling 1 house and buying another with you will be a good payday for them. Any realtor worth your time would be happy to take a look at your house, and advise what to do to get it market ready. Not knowing your local market it would be hard for anyone else to say.
Post # 4
talk to a few realtors who have sold houses in your neighborhood; you can find those names by looking through Zillow, Red Fin, etc. When you’ve picked one, have them walk through your house and tell you what to do. Don’t waste time or money on things they don’t recommend.
We sold our house in one day in the winter, but we live in the DC metro area and the housing market is insane. Your realtor will be able to help you with timing, staging, repairs, etc.
Post # 5
_blackbird_: We’re going through that process right now. We put our house on the market in early July and we exited the option period & negotiations by the 21st of August with a closing September 30th and leasing back until October 18th so that we can stagger closings and it gave us some leway in finding a new house, which we are putting an offer in on today!
Post # 6
There are so many little fixes that can be done to get your house ready to sell and like PP stated before I am always shocked that people don’t take the time or money to make the little upgrades.
My suggestions are: get rid of anything that looks old or dated i.e. pink toilets, floral wall paper, brass fixtures, hire a painter(they are worth their time and money to make it look nice) to slap a neutral color on the walls avoiding beige and yellow, ew, prune the weeds out of your yard and add some flowers, put in new cheap carpet if your floor has visible stains, nothing is grosser than carpet, oh wait carpet with stains is, fix all the little things you meant to get to i.e. creaky doors, bugs in the light fixtures, and find a GREAT realtor. Start the process now so when spring comes you can pop the house on the market and sell it quickly! Good luck!
Post # 7
I’ve sold 3 houses. 2 of them took a while to sell (a few months) and 1 sold within the first 12 hrs of being listed on MLS.
The only difference in timing, market value, etc was that the one that sold fast had professional staging done.
I know so many people who have had a stager come in and they sold their house so quickly afterwards, even if it had been on the market a long time.
Your realtor will likely have recommendations for stagers in your area if that’s something you’re interested in.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the suggestions! We are fixing any little things we can and I will be cleaning out and de-cluttering this week. I wondered about the personal photos, I think we’ll take ours down. We are re-painting some trim that needed it. We won’t be doing professional staging because then we’d have no place to put our furniture and everything that we have right now. We are going to get a realtor to come through in about 2 weeks, after we’ve gotten it mostly ready. We’re hoping to put in an offer on the new house after the realtor comes through the one we own now (when my husband bought it he had a realtor appraise it so we know generally what kind of number we’re looking at when we sell it, plus we’ve done some upgrading). We’re hoping it sells relatively fast as the new house will be done in 5-6 months after our offer is accepted.
Post # 9
Declutter like a crazy person, have the exterior washed by a pro, make the yard look immaculate, keep it fresh and clean feeling, basically. If your photos look good, your house has a much better chance of being seriously viewed.