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Jan-05-18

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5 Quick Steps to Take Before an Open House in a Seller’s Market

Need to sell your home as quickly as possible? If you’re in a seller’s market, you’re in luck. You won’t have to do nearly as much to get your home ready to show as you would if you were selling in a cooler market.


1. Clean Up the Exterior 

The goal for any seller, even in a hot market, is to make your property as appealing as possible. Take some time to clean up the exterior a bit. This could mean mowing the lawn, clearing debris out of planting beds, taking down last year’s holiday decorations or pressure washing the sidewalks to wash away stains. Do this in both the front and back yards to enhance curb appeal and show how desirable your home is.


2. Have the Floors Professionally Cleaned

Even though they’re relatively easy issues to fix, scuffed laminate floors and stained carpets have a way of making a home feel a bit dingier and less desirable. If you have room in your budget, you could also go for a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint throughout the interior, but this may not be necessary in your current market. Addressing these cosmetic issues will make your home a lot more appealing for open house visitors.


3. Clear Out Clutter

Toys, books, clothes and other stuff that tends to pile up should get sorted through and thrown out, donated or packed to move before you show your home. In fact, you could even go ahead and pack up entirely and have your stuff on its way to your new home before you open the doors on the old house for prospective buyers. Staging is usually a good idea, but in a hot seller’s market, buyers are more willing to use their imaginations.


4. Fix Any Obvious Minor Issues

Don’t leave obvious maintenance issues unaddressed, especially if you can fix them on the cheap. Stuff like broken window panes, scuffed paint, mismatched door knobs and running toilets can add up to sellers making lower offers or making requests at closing. If you want to do a quick sale, take these issues off the table before buyers come take a look. The less minor distractions you have, the more buyers will focus on the good things your house has to offer.


5. Find a Good Listing Agent

Most real estate agents can handle both buying and selling, but make sure the listing agent you’re going with knows a lot about the local market and can walk you through the typical process for how offers and closings work where you live. They should be able to give you good advice and give clear answers on things like whether you can expect a bidding war and how soon you should expect an offer after your first open house. Do some research to make sure what the agent is saying makes sense based on reports from recent home buyers or sellers in the area so you can be sure you’re making a good choice.