Real Estate of Mind - Tips to Make Your Property Shine

Real Estate of Mind - Tips to Make Your Property Shine

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Danielle Scherman, a Realtor Associate from Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties joined us for Real Estate of Mind on Sunrise this morning. She shared some tips to make your property shine as you put it on the market. Check out the video of her interview and her outline below.

 Why should I go through all the extra trouble to get my house prepped for a sale?

Bottom line is, it can cost you time and money for the following reasons:

  • You risk losing potential buyers.  You'll want to really put your best foot forward and attract as many potential buyers as possible.
  • Great photos will attract buyers and realtors to show their clients.  If they see a several houses and one of them is filthy, many people will go see the clean ones and disregard the filthy one.  Most buyers want to back up their moving truck, unload their stuff, and put their toothbrush in a cup by the sink."
  • Your house may sit on the market for a longer period of time.  When people see a house listed on the market for along time, they start to perceive the house has less value and this may be reflected in their asking price.

What are some areas to think about:

Make a list of everything that is defective, broken, rusted or worn out. If potential buyers spot problems, they might wonder what else in the home has been neglected.

  • Paint and re-carpet if need be---these two key items and often times if you do nothing else, this is where you'll get the most bang for your buck.
  • Lighting--bright white lighting gives a cleaner look
  • Don't underestimate staging your home. Depersonalize your home. De-clutter. Move furniture around to make the house look and feel more spacious
  • Cleanliness is key
  • Front door is very important--be sure to make it feel like a grand entrance
  • Clean out those closets
  • Make sure your house smells good
  • Flowers are always a nice touch
  • Maximize curb appeal-The front of your home is the first thing prospective home buyers will see, so keeping it presentable is a must.

Aren't people there to look at the house, not my things?   

You really want potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home and if they see all your family photos and your items everywhere, it will be hard for them to imagine themselves living there.

Do these improvements cost money?

A good real estate agent will help you weigh the cost of proposed improvements against the home's market value after the repairs or upgrades are completed. If repairs and upgrades are made, it may bring up the value of the property and yield a higher return.

When should I do these improvements?

From the get go, before you show your home, and especially before you post photos online .

Would an agent tell me the areas I need to improve?

As an agent, I make a point to share this information with my clients.  It's important to me to help my clients sell their homes at the best possible pace and price and I certainly do advise my clients of the important things they could to do improve the value.

Danielle's listing in Kailua is a great example of good prep. Click here for a look at the property located at 733 North Kalaheo Avenue.