A lot of things need to happen when you sell your house. If you are going to go through a traditional sales process, you need to get the house ready for a quick sale. To give yourself the best shot at a fast and profitable sale, make sure you do these 3 things before selling your house in the Central Valley, CA.
Declutter Inside and Out
Declutter the entire house and garage. You want to make the house look enticing to buyers and let them imagine their own stuff in it, not all your junk.
Be ready to move by boxing up non-essential items early. Go through closets and dressers, donating what doesn’t fit or you don’t use. Essentially if there is anything on a countertop or shelf, think about whether it still needs to be there for the listing and walkthroughs or if it is fine to box up and get out of the way.
Get all your decluttering done by the time any listing photos are taken, and certainly before any open houses or showings occur.
Clean, Scrub and Polish
Do you want to live in a dirty house? Of course not. Nobody else wants to live in your dirty house, so clean as much as you can as you declutter. You’ll be amazed at how much more appealing a clean house is to prospective buyers.
Start at the top and work your way down. This means clean ceiling fans from the layer of gunk coating the blades. Remove and clean all light fixtures on fans, ceilings, and walls. Wash and dry them before making them shine with glass cleaner. Wipe walls down with a mild bleach solution. Sweep, vacuum and mop.
Now tackle the bathrooms. Make them shine. Don’t just do a quick run through like you have friends coming over for a last-minute football party. Clean grout, scrub tubs then remove the mineral buildup on shower doors and fixtures. Scrub the toilet so there are no rings or stains. If cleaning isn’t your thing, hire a cleaning crew to come and do it for you. It will pay for itself.
Once clean, keep it as clean as possible throughout the sales process. Perhaps everyone only uses one bathroom to make maintaining things easier to maintain. You might cook less meals at home. Perhaps close off spare bedrooms so pets and kids don’t make more cleaning work.
Stage for Success
Wow! Counters are free and clear of things. Everything looks great. Now is the time to make your home look like it belongs on HGTV. Set the dining room table with neutral but nice dishes and placemats. Change out all light bulbs so lighting is consistent and bright. Arrange furniture so rooms look open and comfortable. Make beds and hide daily items like toothbrushes and laundry baskets. Frame windows with light or sheer drapery so they allow light to enter.
Know that everything you do in the house is necessary outside as well. Keep porches and patios open and free from tools, toys, and unnecessary items. Take the time to clean up landscaping, trim trees and remove odd or dying plants. Power wash driveways and walkways and clean the outside window frames and glass. Do all of this to make sure you highlight your home in the best possible way before selling your house in the Central Valley, CA.
Time is of the Essence
If you don’t have 3-6 months to go through a traditional sales process or you don’t want to pay the real estate agent fees, you may consider a cash sale. This is an especially good idea if you need to sell your Modesto house fast for whatever reason (divorce, job relocation, foreclosure avoidance, unwanted inheritance, etc.). Offer4Cash will give you a fair cash offer for your home (as-is with no cleaning, repairs or staging required), so you can get it sold quickly and move on with your life. You can even sell in as few as 7 days compared to going through the entire listing process and then having to wait for a stressful 30-60 escrow.
If you would like more information about selling your house quickly and for cash, give Offer4Cash at (209) 661-7385 or fill out our contact form.