Simple Steps For A Quick Home Sale
By Michelle Metcalf, Associate Broker CRS, SRES, RE/MAX Valley Properties
Want it to sell your home quickly at or near your asking price? Then it needs to show well, be
marketed well, and be priced correctly. Here are some simple steps to help you get offers
quickly that are close to, or even above, your asking price.
1. Declutter the right way
Stuffing all your holiday decorations, seasonal clothes, sports equipment, and unused whatever
into closets and storage spaces is a bad idea. It will be discovered and serve to emphasize that
your home lacks adequate storage space. Instead, move your clutter into a rented storage unit
off-site. The general rule is to get rid of at least one-third of the things you don’t use everyday.
2. Nothing personal
Removing personal items like photos and memorabilia allows prospective buyers to imagine
themselves living in your house. It’s easier for them to focus on your home’s features, too.
While baby pictures are adorable, they need to come down if you want to sell your home quickly.
Likewise, don’t let your artwork become a distraction. While you love it, it might not be appealing
to buyers. Your home should be the focus, not your artwork.
3. Small changes have big impacts
No need to make major remodeling changes. Chances are you won’t recoup the money you
spend. Instead, focus on small upgrades in the kitchen and bathrooms. A new sink and cabinet
hardware in the kitchen, or light fixtures, shower curtains, and hand towels in the bathrooms, are
inexpensive ways to transform your space.
4. Curb appeal is critical
Your home’s exterior is the first thing a buyer sees in person and on listing sites. If it doesn’t
look good, a buyer won’t even consider looking inside. Tidy up your yard by trimming and
shaping hedges, trees and bushes. Add new gravel or mulch. Consider pressure-washing your
house, walkways, and driveway. Add a fresh coat of paint to your trim and shutters. Everything
matters — even things as small as the brass on your front door. Flowers at the entryway add a
hint of color to make your home feel alive and inviting.
5. Find the right agent
The most important tip is to find a realtor with a proven track record of sales. Are they familiar
with the pros and cons of your neighborhood? Can they walk into your home and tell you
precisely what is good and what you need to change? For starters, check the online client
reviews and feedback on the agents you are considering. Make sure your agent promotes their
properties online. Do they hire professionals to take a variety of photos on their site and for
social media? How long has the realtor been selling?
In the Green Valley area, Michelle Metcalf ranks at the top of her profession. Michelle is one of
the top 10 producers in the Green Valley/Sahaurita markets. Michelle has earned the
prestigious Certifed Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation — less than 1% of over 1 million
Realtors today have achieved this designation. Michelle has lived and worked in the Green
Valley/Sahuarita area for 18 years. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, contact