Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5 Things North Shore Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

When you've decided to sell your home on Chicago's North Shore, the process begins of preparing the home to appeal to today's buyers. From staging the property to making any necessary repairs, homeowners have their work cut out for them on the road to a successful home sale. In fact, in the midst of it all, it's only natural that a few tasks go overlooked.

As your North Shore real estate expert, it is my job to make sure nothing is left in the lurch and every box has been checked on your home seller to-do list. I've listed below five things North Shore home sellers often forget to do, so you don't make the same mistakes!

Clean inside everything
During your home seller prep, take care to clean inside of every nook and cranny of your Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook, or Highland Park home. Buyers will be peeking inside everything as they tour the property and a dirty kitchen cabinet or unkempt closet could turn them off!

Tend to details
Make sure you're paying attention to every little detail, including things as minute as the doorbell! If the doorbell doesn't work, buyers will likely gather a negative impression of the property and wonder what else you've neglected to fix.

Make a list of improvements or repairs
Whether or not you've made repairs or upgrades to your North Shore home, you will need to outline them for buyers so they have peace of mind. Even if you didn't fix that leaky faucet, be sure to disclose the issue to avoid problems later.

Go where the buyers are
That doesn't mean you need to physically move your North Shore home, but rather, market to buyers where they are looking. Your real estate agent should be marketing to buyers online, ensuring listing photos are high quality and the description of the property is detailed.

Define what is included
You never know what buyers are falling in love with as they tour your home— it could be anything from the window treatments to the washing machine. Before you officially list your home, make sure you make a mental note of what is and is not included in the sale and what is negotiable. This will make things easier after an offer is submitted!

Not sure if your home is fully ready to list this spring? Give me a call today for more information about next steps or to find your home value!

Janie Bress
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