How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

    How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

    San Diego may be a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home will sell itself. To sell quickly for top dollar, consider these important tips for selling your home from Ascent Real Estate, one of San Diego’s best real estate brokerages.

    Declutter with a Temporary Storage Unit:

    Less furniture and clutter makes your home look more spacious. When your house is for sale, it’s best to remove things you can get by without– which is typically about one third of your home’s items. Go through your closets, cabinets, and shelves and remove holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, old appliances, and anything else you haven’t used in over a year, or can get by without.

    Also remove any non-essential furniture that blocks walkways and flow. If your dining table has extra leaves, remove those too. You should only have enough furniture left in the room to model the room’s purpose.

    What you don’t want to do is throw everything in your closets or garage, because people touring your home will look at these overfilled storage spaces and assume your house is lacking in proper storage. Instead, invest in a storage unit. Boxing up these items gives you a jump-start on packing when your home finally sells.

    Add Curb Appeal

    Your home’s exterior is usually the first thing a potential buyer sees on listing websites and in person. If a buyer doesn’t like the outside, they might not want to come inside. Clean up your yard by removing any junk and rusty old lawn furniture. Trim and shape bushes, refresh mulch, mow the lawn, and add pops of welcoming color with freshly-planted flowers. Sweep or pressure wash the driveway, walkways, and porch. Dust any cobwebs or dirt from the eaves and porch. Consider adding a new coat of paint to your home’s trim, shutters, and front door.

    Brighten Things Up

    Poorly lit rooms can feel small and depressing. Lighten things up with the help of natural and artificial light. Get light bulbs with the highest wattage available for each specific light fixture, clean your windows, and open all the curtains and blinds and let in the natural light. The right paint color can also brighten a room and make it appear larger.

    Make Minor Repairs & Upgrades

    In San Diego’s seller’s market, there’s no need to go overboard on a major remodel. Instead, minor repairs and upgrades in key areas like the bathrooms and kitchen will help sell your home faster and offer better return on investment. Here are some small repairs and upgrades that can make a big impact:

    • Patch holes in the wall.
    • Fix leaky faucets.
    • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
    • Polish or replace cabinet hardware.
    • Replace dead light bulbs.
    • Buy a new shower curtain or bedspread.
    • Paint the walls a neutral color.
    • Replaced cracked counter or floor tiles.
    • Replaced unmatched old kitchen appliances with a matching stainless steel set.

    Consider Hiring a Professional Home Stager

    A good home stager understands how to highlight a home’s strengths and minimize its flaws with neutrality and objectivity. Staging your home helps potential buyers easily imagine themselves living in the space. The best stagers will work with what you have, rearranging and reallocating your belongings to present your home in its best light.

    Home staging can often be more than a seller is willing or able to spend. If you can’t hire a home stager, have a friend walk through your property with a fresh set of eyes and provide honest feedback. Your real estate agent will also be able to help with feedback from a marketing standpoint.

    Use a Professional Photographer

    After you’ve followed all of the tips above, you’ll want to hire a professional photographer. Your real estate agent will typically be able to provide you with recommended real estate photographers in the San Diego area. Great photography is extremely important, as a potential buyer’s first impressions will be made off of the listing photos. Studies show that homes with more than six photos on an online listing are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers. Videos and virtual tours of your home can also be powerful marketing tools for your home.

    Hire a Great San Diego Real Estate Agent

    Selling your home can be stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your home will sell quicker with the help of a great real estate agent who understands San Diego’s comprehensive real estate industry and how to market and price your home.

    Ascent Real Estate is a brokerage in San Diego made up of a team of some of the industry’s most respected real estate agents with experience in buying and selling single-family homes, condos, luxury estates, and multifamily investment properties. In fact, Ascent Real Estate was one of San Diego’s top brokerages in sales volume 2016. If you’d like to get in touch with an experienced San Diego REALTOR® from the Ascent team, please visit

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