- May 17, 2021
- Posted by: Corey Gomis
- Category: 3D's
Usually sellers ask me what steps should they take to prepare their home for sale?
Some homes do have different challenges although the 3 D’s applies to most homes.
Depersonalizing by removing your personal items and personal decorations that are on display through out the house.
Remove family pictures from your walls and refrigerator
Remove awards or certificates of accomplishments that are hung up.
Put away your hobbies and collections.
Tone down or remove bright bold decoration or colors
Put away your personal hygiene products
The goal is for the perspective home buyer to see themselves living in a new home. To picture themselves in the different spaces through out the home and to minimize the potential buyer from picturing or imagining to much of you in these spaces. This is also true for outdoor areas.
Remove all excess furniture, knickknacks and so called clutter through out the house inside and out. Yes, it is very important to declutter the exterior of your home. Remove any taxidermy or flashy decorations inside and out. Its ok to leave areas completely empty. Using a storage unit or moving pods is a great way to get a jumpstart on moving and at the same time declutter your home. The strategy here is to open up your space and allow the potential buyer to imagine their furnishings and decor in the home.
3) Deep clean
Once you have depersonalized and decluttered your home the next step is a good old fashion deep clean. You can do it your self or hire a professional cleaner. I recommend to hire a professional cleaner. They will usually take deep cleaning to higher level since they do it for a living and are not personally attached to the space. They typically offer carpet cleaning and tile and grout cleaning. Some people may feel embarrassed hiring someone to come into there home to deep clean years of living. Professional cleaners are accustomed to going into someone home to deep clean. Lets face it life is pretty busy and over time we become short sighted to our living conditions. If your budget allows painting the walls with a neutral color or replacing worn out carpeting is a good investment. Usually its less expensive than most people think. The most common item folks forget to clean is the light switches and wall plates. If you had animals or smoked in the house a good investment is to rent ozone machine to help diminish the smell. Pressure washing the exterior of your home including driveway and sidewalk leading up to the house and especially the front door.
There you have it the 3D’s. I have only scratched the surface with my suggestions on the 3 D’s. Hiring a professional Real Estate agent can help guide you through these steps in a more in depth with personalized recommendations and refer you service professionals that can also help you through the process.
Hillsborough County Single Family Homes
January 2021 December 2020
Active Listings 1661 Down 16% 1982
New Listings 1692 Up 16% 1458
Listing Sold 1335 Down 29% 1890
Average Sale Price $373.338 Down 1% $377,349
Months Of Inventory 1 Equal 1
Average Days On The Market 33 Up 14% 29
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