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4 Tips to Prep Your Bay Area Home For Sale

When selling a home, it’s important to take care of the small details that seem unimportant.

A potential buyer could dismiss your home due to a few noticeable flaws.

It’s important to ensure the home is at its best before putting it up for sale.

Below are some preparations that you can do to increase a potential buyer’s interest in your house.

4 Tips to Prep Your Home for Sale

1. Get a Home Inspection

Before putting a house up for sale, it’s important to enlist the services of a home inspector to look for problems that could discourage potential buyers from buying the house.

Getting a professional to inspect the house and give ideas that will help improve the house will increase its chances of being bought.

Some states require that a home be inspected and the results presented when selling the house.

2. Declutter and Clean Your House

A clean house will give a good impression to potential buyers. It will show that the house has been well taken care of.

Hire professional cleaners to ensure that a thorough job is done.

Clearing the clutter and organizing the house will make it more attractive to potential buyers

3. Make Repairs

Make repairs that might seem insignificant.

If the inspector finds any problems in your home, they should not be downplayed as they might affect the buyer’s view of your home.

Minor problems such as a sticky door or a dripping faucet could make a potential buyer balk.

4. Take Down Personal Effects

if you have decided to sell your house, take down personal effects such as photographs, paintings and pictures.

De-personalizing the house will tell the potential buyer that you are serious about selling the house and the buyer can start imagining where they want to put their stuff.

Buyers don’t want to see personal stuff laying around as it might seem careless and unprofessional.

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How To Boost The Curb Appeal Of Your Bay Area Home

One of the crucial parts of the home selling process is the curb appeal.

It is the curb appeal that has the biggest impact on a buyer’s first impression about the property.

Although some homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area are ready to spend a great deal of money and time on improving curb appeal, most prefer faster and easier results.vermont-404524_1280

Fortunately, boosting curb appeal can be easy and affordable to do if you follow these easy tips.

Spruce Up The Front Door

The first thing that the people who drive by the house always see is the front door and patio. They are the focal points and therefore, receive even more scrutiny by those home buyers who walk up to the home to take a tour of the interior.

Simply re­painting or re-staining the front door can go a long way towards making this focal area much more appealing, and this can give the impression that the home is well­maintained and stylish.

To get a better result and improve the aesthetic appeal, think about replacing the front door mat and hardware on the door.

Power Wash The Exterior Of The Home

Beautification efforts for the front of the home are practically pointless if the exterior remains the same and is not properly cleaned.

Power washing is one of the best ways to thoroughly clean the exterior of a property. It may include cleaning the exterior siding material of the home, the patio, the driveway, the sidewalk, and even the fencing.

This can give the entire area a fresher and more appealing look.

Add Color To The Flower Beds

Some homeowners may not have funds or time available to fully revamp the landscaping, but showing the flower beds some attention can pay off.

Do a bit of weeding of the flower beds and add some fresh, colorful flowers to the area to give it more appeal.

After the flowers are planted, a new layer of mulch can be added to the flower bed to finish off the entire process.

One of the keys to selling a home in the Bay Area quickly and for a great price, is the curb appeal.

Although improving curb appeal can cost a small fortune and can take weeks to do, these small and affordable steps can give homeowners great results with minimal time and money required.


Contact me today with questions on buying or selling a home in the Bay Area.

Karen Cimera is a Mortgage Banker, NMLS# 181709 in the Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area.

Karen gives you the personal attention you deserve whether buying a new home, refinancing a mortgage or needing a line of credit. Contact her today!

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