Friday Financial Tidbit-Keys to getting your house ready to sell

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As many of you know already from listening to the podcast, my wife Lisa and I are in the process of selling our condo. The reason is pretty simple; we’re looking to move into a bigger home as we are currently outgrowing our current place and we are expecting a new child at the end of October. After a lot of hard work our condo is currently on the market and we have had a few showings. In the process we have learned a lot from getting our house ready to show.

De-clutter your home

When going through your home in preparation for getting your house show ready you have to go through every room and area and clean up. That means you even have to go through those areas that you have been neglecting and putting off, including that junk drawer that keeps growing and that one closet where you just dump stuff you don’t want to deal with. If you are like us, you will soon realize that you have a lot of junk and you really don’t want to move all of it. When this happened to us we just decided we needed to recycle it, give it away or throw it away. After doing that long enough we realized that there is no point in keeping a lot of stuff around the house that we weren’t using anyways and that we should have thrown it away a long time ago before we even decided to move. We have found that de-cluttering makes our lives a lot simpler.

Keep on top of cleaning

We honestly don’t know which is harder: getting our house clean initially to get ready to put it on the market or keeping it clean once it is on the market. It is very easy to let your home “go” in between showings if you aren’t very careful. But it really is important to keep on top of the cleaning. That way you aren’t scrambling at the last minute when you get a showing request for the next day. We’ve found it helpful just to remember to take the extra time and be mindful of keeping your home tidy. That way the messes don’t build up.

Don’t put off doing stuff you’ve been meaning to do

So often we put off things we need to do around the house such as painting the front door, fixing a hinge, or replacing something because we don’t feel like it or don’t want to spend the money. But we have no problems doing it when we want to sell our home. Why is that? Lisa and I have learned that if we need to do something around the home just to go ahead and do it. That way you are able to enjoy it while you live in the home. If you are going to spend the time and money necessary to get your home ready, enjoy the fruits of your labor at least for a little while.

Those are the three main lessons Lisa and I have taken away from showing our home. If you are thinking of selling your home soon, I recommend taking a look around your home and starting to do some of the grunt work. That way when you are ready to list your home you don’t have to spend as much time, effort, and money into getting your home ready.

Have you ever sold your home? If so, what things did you learn when trying to list your house?

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2 Responses to Friday Financial Tidbit-Keys to getting your house ready to sell

  1. Those are great lessons Jon. When we sold our house in Austin almost 3 years ago, we also had to learn to think as a salesman more than an owner. We painted with neutral colors and turned what was my office into a regular bedroom again. You have to think about the buyers being able to see themselves in the house.

    • Jon White says:

      That’s a great point to remember Jose. Just because you think a certain style or color looks nice, doesn’t mean that the buyer thinks it’s nice. It’s weird to look at your house from others point of view but if you do, your sell will quick and for a lot more money too!

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