Preparing Your Home for Sale – 5 Key Tips


5 Keys to Preparing Your Home for SaleThinking of selling your house? Inventory is shrinking in Hawaii and you may do well from the sale, depending on your circumstances and needs. Whether you’re listing your house with a licensed agent or attempting to sell your house yourself, there are some things you must do to make the sale as efficient and effective for you as possible. Preparing your home for sale requires both plan and purpose, but done right can make the process a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Some of the tips below might seem like no-brainers, but it’s important to make sure we’re all on the same page here. Remember — if you’re selling your house, you’re likely to have competition from other home sellers in your neighborhood or building. So taking care of the little things and seemingly minor details can make a dramatic difference in both sale price and length of listing.

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale

1. Use that Green Thumb. Curb appeal is important. Before a potential buyer even walks through your front door, they have to walk up to it. Make that brief but memorable experience a positive one. Mow the lawn. Pull out the weeds. Plant some flowers. Make your house seem beautifully natural. While you’re at it, get rid of any boxes, old cars or other junk that’s clearly visible from the street.

2. Paint. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior of the house can be a night and day difference in the minds of potential buyers. Go for a happy yet neutral color and you’ll turn that house into a home for a new family. Take care of any visible wood damage as well while you’re at it.

3. The Nose Knows. Let’s move onto the inside. Do whatever you must to get rid of any unpleasant smells. Pets, cigarette smoke, must — whatever it is, go to the source and have it eliminated. Then bring in a fresh smell from carpet cleaning powders, candles or just plenty of fresh Hawaiian air.

4. Be a Man (or Woman) of Steel. Stainless steel, that is. If it’s time to say goodbye to the appliances, then it’s time to upgrade to stainless. Those black or white appliances might have been chic at the time of purchase, but we live in a stainless world. Sears, Home Depot and Lowe’s area always running sales of 10% or more.

5. Get Permission. Lastly, take care of any outstanding permits. Any potential buyer worth their salt while want to know what’s permitted on the property and what’s non-conforming. Do this homework yourself and you’ll help your buyer make a proper decision. You’ll also come across as more trustworthy and willing to see the deal through to the end.

Taking care of the above will go a long way in preparing your home for sale and making the home selling process an enjoyable one. However, if you’d rather sell your house As Is without doing any of the above work, then just visit and ask us to prepare a No-Fee Cash Offer for your house here in Hawaii.


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