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What Do I Have To Do To Get My Home Ready To Sell?

What Should I Fix?Can I sell my home in “As Is” condition?

Of course you can.  Says so, right in the pre-printed part of the sales contract here, in Glendale CA.

However….

Do you want to sell your home for the highest price possible?

Then I am assuming you want to know the range of fixits you can, or should, do before you market your home.

In Glendale, CA homes are sold in “as is” condition.  This means that you are only required to do a few items mandated by law.  Everything else is negotiable and you can decide to do as much, or as little, as you like.

So, let’s talk about your choices.

The highest prices are paid for homes that are in the best condition and that look like a model home.  The more effort and money you invest to get to this ideal condition, the higher the perception of value.  However, some fixits have a higher rate of return than others!  Let’s talk about the most common profit making improvements.

General Maintenance

  • Brush all the dirt from the front door and entryway
  • Throw away or repair any broken or worn items
  • Remove any plants or foliage that is dead
  • Throw away empty or broken pottery
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working
  • Pack or put away almost every item smaller than a loaf of bread.
  • Clean windows and glass doors
  • Remove all the screens, label them and put them in the garage

Invest A Little

  • Painting is always profitable.  Paint as much of the home, inside and out, as you are willing and able.
  • Install new outlet and light switch covers
  • Replace any light fixtures from the 1970’s and 1980’s
  • Plant colorful flowers
  • Install bark in all planting beds
  • Clean the carpets
  • Hire a stager to consult on rearranging and editing what you already have.

Go For WOW

  • Update kitchens and baths- do not remodel
  • Hire a landscape designer to edit your yards
  • Hire a stager to bring in furniture and accessories

How much of this do I have to do?

I think you should do everything on the General Maintenance list, if at all possible.

Everything else depends on your budget and your goals.  In general, the more you do, the more profit you will make- but there are always exceptions. For example, I once sold a home that was in very poor condition.  It was in a great neighborhood and had a large yard.  The out of state sellers were only able to do a basic clean up of the home.  They decided they wanted a bidding war, so we priced it low, marketed it heavily, and wound up selling $180,000 over the list price.

The wise seller will seek the advice of a great real estate professional the moment they suspect they might sell.  I have consulted with sellers a year in advance of the move- they were able to execute my suggestions over a long period and sold the home for far more money than expected.

I am happy to do the same for you.

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