As I prepare to sell my home, I thought it’d be fun to share what I’m doing to get it ready before officially going to market, as it can take a couple weeks to a couple months depending on how long you’ve lived in the house. I’m still about 3 weeks away from putting it on the MLS, here’s what I focused on this week:
De-personalizing– I removed all personal photos, taste specific decor, books, magazines, etc. You have to pack it eventually…just do it now. I cleared out a corner of garage to start stacking a neat pile of marked boxes.
Closets- Keep, Donate, Throw Out…get your piles started! Every closet should be extremely organized, the goal is to make closets look larger (many homes are vacant and closets are empty, if buyers are used to looking at vacant houses your filled closet is going to look way smaller than it is). Don’t forget the pantry!
Kitchen/Bathroom Cabinets– a great time to get rid of old pots and utensils, expired cold medicine, old towels (donate to local animal shelter). Pull everything out, wipe down, organize. You’ll thank yourself when it’s time to move!
Appliances– clean your oven, microwave, and fridge. Yes, people look in them. If your dishwasher is old, buy the self cleaning tablets and run a cycle. Appliances that are a few years (or more) older look much better if they’re spotless…and new stainless steel look older if they’re crusted with food (gross)!
*Tip- aim for clean surfaces: bookshelves, dining tables, end tables, kitchen and bathroom countertops, nightstands, dresser tops. Pretend your house is a vacation rental!
Originally from Cornwall NY, Heather grew up cleaning her parents rental apartments and learning about real estate at a young age. She found her way to SWFL in her 20's and bought her first rental property at 25. After meeting with agents to list a property for sale, she began analyzing the commission scale for listing agents and didn't agree with the model. The journey began in 2014, in between working for a large real estate investment education company, working as a real estate agent for a large local brokerage, and managing her own investments in SWFL, she began to develop the Listed Realty secret sauce- professional full service and a flat listing fee.
Industry passion fueled by a strong work ethic and an itch to always do the right thing makes for a successful broker you want on your side!