Whether you're ready to sell now or just curious about the process, we can help. Many homeowners begin thinking about selling long before they are really ready to move!
The sale of property in IL involves legalities that even a For Sale By Owner must conform to. We provide the following services in preparing your home for sale.
Even though you still need to live in your home while it is on the market you might need to make certain sacrifices to convert your home into more of a showplace. Before we take professional photos of your home and begin to conduct showings you will want to remove all excess "stuff". Closets that are completely filled send a message to potential buyers that the closets are too small, while rooms that are packed with furniture and tchotchkes hide the finer features of the home. Even an abundance of personal photos on mantles and shelves can be a distraction. Now is a great time to get rid of all those unnecessary things you accumulated - things you no longer want or need. You can even bring in a little extra cash at the same time.
A garage sale is not hard to prepare for and can be fun! Enlist the help of the whole family in organizing and pricing your merchandise. Perhaps you could arrange a joint sale with a few neighbors. Advertise the sale in your local paper and with signs placed around the neighborhood. Be prepared to bargain and drop prices, if necessary, to clear out your inventory. Make arrangements with a local charity to collect all the leftover items after the sale.
Another trick, if you can't bear to depart with Uncle Joe's moose head, is to rent storage space for all those items you plan on taking to your next home but don't need on a day-to-day basis.
In addition to decluttering there are other elements of staging that you should consider. Some homeowners even enlist the help of a professional in order to squeeze out every last dime of value from their home. Although you may not feel like doing everything on the list below, we wanted to give you an idea of just how many tools are at your disposal:
You can improve the appeal of your home by adding on a few extras such as a pre-sale home inspection and a home warranty. A home inspection could give a buyer that little bit of extra comfort needed to get them to put a bid on your home and home inspectors will often provide a discount (up to 50%) to a buyer who uses the same inspector used by the seller in a pre-sale inspection. Similarly, a home warranty extends that comfort beyond the initial purchase to the entire first year of ownership and often the seller can get free coverage during the listing period.