Fall is here, and the temperatures are starting to cool down.  Just like the temperature the inventory levels tend to start dropping in the fall.  Here’s what home sellers need to do to maximize their chances of a quick sale this fall.

No Clutter! Throw out old newspapers, magazines and organize the mail that has been stacking up. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Even take some time to spruce up the garage.   

Storage Unit   Sometimes renting a storage unit could be the answer.  Buyers like to visualize their items in the house and that’s hard to do when the home is full of clutter.  If you chose a portable unit, it will be all ready to transport to you new home, making moving a bit easier.

Brighten it Up   Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior plus dirty windows are a turn off.   Also, replace any burnt-out bulbs, you want the home to feel light and bright. Turn all the lights on before buyers come to view the home.

Keep Everything Extra Clean   A sparkling clean house makes a great first impression and tells buyers that the home has been well cared for. Look for small things like fingerprints and dirt around light switch plates and door handles.

Make Minor Repairs   Everything you don’t repair now will most likely show up on the home inspection and could create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, cracked receptacle covers or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give some buyers the impression that the house isn't well maintained.

Bump Up the Curb Appeal   Even in fall and winter months this is important. Rake up the leaves, trim the bushes, and sweep the walkways.  Add a nice welcome mat to the front entry and place some potted flowers near the entryway to cheer things up and get the buyers attention, check with the local nursery to see what’s in season.

Get Rid of Smells   Have the carpets and rugs professionally cleaned, and wash the drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows, let the house breathe. The number one turn off to a potential buyer is an unpleasant odor.

I realize every home is different and has its unique attributes.  I am always happy to discuss the best ways to maximize the potential value of your home.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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