There’s more to selling a home than sticking a sign in the yard. It can be an arduous and stressful process which is certainly never convenient. Life can change in a moment’s notice requiring you to place your home up for sale. Are you being relocated for a job? Do you want your children to attend a higher rated school district? Have you simply outgrown your current living arrangements?

Regardless of the rationale behind the need to move, you might not realize everything that needs to be taken in to account before placing your home up for sale on the open market. Selling your home also means you will be purchasing a new residence so for all the details on buying a home visit our Buyers tab.

Will your home be Vacant or Occupied during the process?

Not everyone gets to sell their home at a leisurely pace. Some circumstances force a homeowner to vacate their current residence and move in to a new home before their previous property is sold. Others have the luxury of staying put during the sales process and seamlessly moving directly from one house to another.

If you will be occupying your home while it’s on the market, it’s best to vacate the premises during showings. Also, if there are any pets in the home, if at all possible, either kennel them or remove them. You want a potential home shopper to take their time closely examining all the positive aspects of your home. If you or your pets are present during a buyer walkthrough they’ll feel rushed and your chances of selling will diminish.

If your home will be vacant during the sales process, security and cleanliness are your top priorities. As inconvenient as it may be, you should visit your property a few times a week to ensure all doors and windows are secure and the interior and exterior are in top condition.

Consider having your home appraised

When you hire Zion Realty to be your representative in the sale of your home we will provide you an extensive report that outlines your current property’s value based upon a comprehensive market analysis. But what if your property is unique and doesn’t quite fit the comparable mold of surrounding properties? Obtaining a home appraisal before listing your property for sale may be a good option. Appropriately pricing your home is essential to attract the right buyers as quickly as possible.

Have you kept up on your home maintenance?

Is your home showing its age? Will buyers walk in to your property and instantly start forming a list of to-do projects that are a mile long? When is the last time you had your roof, air conditioning unit, water heater, irrigation system, or garbage disposal checked for leaks or defects? Consider having your home professionally inspected before bringing it to market. A licensed home inspector may find serious issues that need to be addressed in which you were previously unaware. Knowing what deficiencies a buyer will most likely catch upon performing their own inspection will help you be prepared both mentally and monetarily for what they could ask for in repairs to be completed.  

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

No buyer wants to view a property that is dingy, dirty, messy, and dusty. Thoroughly cleaning your home is one of the easiest ways to make a good first impression. We’re not just talking about vacuuming the carpets. If you’re going to put your home up for sale it needs to be deep cleaned. Baseboards, appliances, blinds, tile grout, windows, fans, and light fixtures can all be easily ignored and overlooked during your normal weekly cleaning routine. Roll up those sleeves, hoist up those pant legs and get to work washing, deodorizing, and scrubbing your home until it shines from top to bottom.     

Does your home need Staging?

Staged homes sell faster and for more money than homes that aren’t staged.  It’s that simple. Consulting a staging professional is always a good idea. They can give you tips and ideas on how to best utilize or rearrange your own furniture to maximize a room or a given space. They can also bring in their own furnishings and accessories to highlight the positive and draw attention away from the negative.

Zion Realty’s very own Laurisa Huss provides outstanding staging services through her company Décor Divas, LLC. Contact her for an in-home consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

Hire Zion Realty to help you through your entire Home Selling process

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Selling your home isn’t to be taken lightly. We appreciate the opportunity to represent you in a home sales transaction. Our proven marketing strategies will help your home sell as quickly as possible. We hire a professional photographer to take pictures of your home to capture the best of what it has to offer. Our flexible commission structure allows us to represent you for as little as $990 which includes all traditional real estate services. If you or someone you know is looking to sell a home in Gilbert, Arizona or the East Valley, fill out our contact form Today!