Often times as military families, PCS orders come early or unexpectedly, which can mean plans must change rapidly.¬† An unwillingness or inability to rent out a house can mean that making a decision to sell may come just weeks (or days) before a listing has to hit the market.
If you’re stuck in a time crunch, you may have to strictly prioritize your preparations for sale. Worst case scenario: you might only have a week… or a weekend.
Here are the most important things to add to your list before you begin to show your property to potential buyers:
- Get a small storage unit and get out that clutter! Closets should be half empty and, if you can manage, garages should appear spacious as well.
- Call all your friends and pick your agent wisely! They can help you price it right to sell and make any last-minute recommendations to help you sell quickly.
- Little improvements make a big difference: new paint on the walls that really need it; wash or buy new curtains, patch little holes, replace dingy hardware, fix obvious leaks and clean, clean, clean! You don’t want small maintenance issues to look ignored – potential clients will suspect there are larger problems lurking.
- Make sure pets are put away and that the home doesn’t smell like pets.
- First impressions count! Make sure the yard is tidy, and if you can afford it, get a landscaper out to do a quick clean up. If you have more than a weekend, get the family involved and mulch, weed and clean the home’s exterior.
- Pull papers on any warranties you may have available on the home or its appliances, pest services, neighborhood newsletters – anything that will add additional appeal.
- De-personalize. Only leave up to a third of your personal items and pictures.
- Take good pictures when everything looks immaculate.
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