Ready to sell your Butte County real estate? Before you get going, there are a few things you need to know about the process of preparing to sell your home.
Get cleaning and decluttering
First impressions mean everything in real estate. If your home looks like someone’s changed out a motorcycle engine in your living room, then you’ll have a hard time trying to sell the property. Once you decide to sell your home, it’s up to you to see that it gets decluttered and cleaned and stays that way.
Get rid of as much junk as possible–out in the open, in closets, and in cabinets. Recycle or donate as much as you can of what you don’t want or need. If you need extra storage space, consider renting a storage unit. Clearing stuff out will make the home feel much more spacious. Then give the house a thorough cleaning from top to bottom.
Contact Real Estate Investors
Some home sellers find themselves in a situation where they need to sell their Butte County real estate fast. In times like these, it can be very helpful to reach out to an experienced real estate investor. No matter your reason for needing to sell, a real estate investor can oftentimes make you a cash offer to get out from underneath your house without having to do any repairs or improvements. As you review your choices when selling, make sure that you include this option on your list.
Find the paperwork
It can be extremely helpful when filling out the seller disclosures required by law if you’ve dug up your old invoices for work or repairs you had done on the house. During the disclosure period, you have to tell the buyer what you know about the property. These documents will greatly aid your recollections for what types of work was done and when. Complete and thorough disclosures help buyers feel more confident in the purchase.
Do a walk through
Plan a walk through with your real estate agent so you can see what there is to work with in your home and what needs improvement. Your agent may recommend certain changes (like painting) and upgrades (like new quartz countertops) to make it easier to sell your home. The money spent can improve the value of your home and make it more attractive to buyers, but do your research and be cautious about overspending. You need to make sure that you’ll get the money you invest back out in the form of a higher sales price and possibly a faster closing.
Make repairs and improvements
Take the recommendations from the walk through, and start working down the list to get your home fixed up and ready. Buyers will appreciate a home that doesn’t need a lot of work, and they are often willing to pay a little more for a home in great condition.