get ready to sell your home

5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell:

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert AZ:

Get Your Home Ready to Sell:

When you are preparing to sell your home, there is always a list of things that can to be done to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.  If you don’t have a lot of money to put towards repairs, there are some other inexpensive things that you can do to make your home more marketable.

1.  Get that Home so Fresh and so Clean Clean:

One of the first things you’ll want to do is do some good old fashioned Spring Cleaning.  As you know bathrooms are a major selling point.  Dirty bathrooms that have soap scum can scare away prospective buyers.  Here are some helpful tips that will help your bathroom sparkle.

Clean walls with:  Spray Bottle, 1 part Water, 1 part Bleach

Scrub shower glass with:  Spray Bottle, 1 part Muriatic Acid, 10 parts Water, Steel Wool Pad for Scrubbing, Wipe down afterwards

tip:  edit/hide personal toiletries by using a shower caddy (with a handle) that you can place under a sink during showings.

2.  A Little Depersonalization is Good.

When prospective buyers preview a home, they want to picture themselves living there.  That is hard to do when there are large collections of family photos on display.

Tip:  Pre-pack photos, knick knack collections, mementos, etc.

3.  Appeal to Both Sexes.

Go through your home and remove items that are too gender-specific.  For example if there’s a bedroom that is painted bright pink, you may want to paint it with a neutral color that will appeal to the masses.

4.  Not Everyone is an Animal Lover.

Remove pet beds, bowls, and pets (if possible) during showings.  Cat boxes should never be visible, this is a major buyer turnoff.  Due to allergies, pets can cause issues for potential buyers.

5.  Appeal to the Senses!

What is the strongest sense that can affect a buyer?  Yup, you guessed it SMELL!!  Make sure that your home smells fresh and inviting.  Here are some tips:

a.  place cut hydrangeas, roses, daffodils in small vases throughout the home.
b.  have your carpets/rugs and upholstery cleaned professionally.
c.  no dirty dishes in sink or dishwasher, those can cause odors.
d.  make sure trashcans are emptied.
e.  clean your disposal with vinegar and freshen it with some lemon peel.
f.   use aromatherapy scents like lemon, green tea, cedar, pine, basil, vanilla.



Excellent Review of House Painters, Gilbert, AZ

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

Review of House Painters, Gilbert, AZ:

A couple of weeks ago, I had a local company, George Johnston Painting, come out to paint my home.  I always worry about quality of paint jobs because my home has wood siding, and the planks needed to be sealed to prevent moisture.  After they were finished, I realized that I didn’t need to be worried at all.

I was so impressed with their quality of workmanship.  During the 2 days of work, the crew pressure washed, taped off all the windows, sealed all the planks, painted the house, mailbox, and the stucco walls in my back yard.  Their level of communication was excellent.  The crew worked efficiently, like a well oiled machine, they were fast and extremely detailed.  On top of all that, they were courteous too . . . they referred to me as ma’am when they addressed me.  Hahaha, I felt like I was in the South! 😉

Here’s a Before/During and After:

If you are in need of Interior/Exterior Painters, I highly recommend using George Johnston!
Tell them Gina Kent sent you!

Here’s their contact info:

(480) 234-0920

Licensed & Bonded
Free Estimates
No Payment Until Job is Done

Services Include:
Elastomeric Paints • Stucco Repairs • Power Washing
Wood Repairs • Garage Floor Epoxy • Pool Kool Deck
Elastomeric Roof Coatings • Drywall

Stage It, Sell It, Profit!

Turn on any popular home network on cable TV and you’ll find a program on staging.

Re-arrange your furniture, pick a soothing color palette, clear out the family photos, and your home will sell faster, and for more money. Sound too frou-frou to be true?

It’s not! The soft and decorative side of staging is backed by hard facts.

Real estate agents like great-looking homes because they are easier to sell. Why is that important?

  • An agent’s job is to please their clients, and they will direct their buyers to the homes they think they will buy.
  • Agents talk to other agents who are also directing their buyers to the best homes on the market. An attractive listing will be shown more often, meaning more market exposure—critical for a quick and profitable house sale.
  • Staging is non-negotiable in many parts of the country. Staging a listing for sale in an area where the concept hasn’t caught on can give you an advantage, particularly if there are many unsold listings similar to yours on the market. Buyers gravitate to listings that look good and are in move-in condition.
  • Buyers are looking for value. When prices are flat or on the decline, buyers need to perceive that the house is worth the price.

Bottom line: Staging is more than an exercise in tasteful interior design. It is a business decision that can have a huge impact on your financial return and timeline.