Real Estate in Granada Hills
Caroline Harabedian

Five Things You Need To Do Before Selling Your House

Preparing your home for Sale is very important to ensure you did your best to earn Top Dollar! Here’s a few things to take into consideration

1. Repairs
Concentrate on minor repairs. You don’t want to spend too much money on repairs before a sale, but we want the house in livable condition. Do unclog sinks and do address the leak in the roof. You don’t have to renovate the entire house, but I will suggest a Termite Report. Although most of us can’t see termites, some termite companies will perform a Free Termite Inspection. You can get an idea of what costs may come forth during the escrow process. Once you have a clear Termite Report, selling will be much easier too.

2. Staging the Home
Try to declutter the property. I say “property”, because it’s not just the house that people will look at when considering a purchase. The backyard and garage count too. You might want to consider a yard sale to get rid of some of the clutter that will get in the way when selling. We want to focus on a neutral look with lots of Natural Light. Try opening those curtains and taking down some heavy drapes. Let’s keep things Open, Inviting and Clean.

3. Hire a Local Realtor
It is very important to hire a local Real Estate Agent who knows your neighborhood. You can find them on some of the top websites such as Zillow, Trulia and Check out their reviews and past sales. We want someone who will be there with you during the entire process with the knowledge and skills necessary to get the job done right. Find out what kind of marketing your home will receive and what effort your Realtor will put into selling your home at the best price

4. Determine a Selling Price
Your Realtor can help you come up with a Price, but it is your decision as to what it is. Take a look at the comparable sales in the neighborhood within the last 30 days. Find something similar to your house. Look at the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, property size and even if it has a pool. Consider location as well. Things like main streets and power lines might have a bigger effect on your price point than you think. And before you put your home for sale, have your Realtor give you an estimate of Net Proceeds. Find out your approximate sales costs before you put the house on the market.

5. Accept a Good Offer
This does not mean necessarily choosing the highest offer. Look at the Buyer’s profile. Are they going to get a loan? Do they have a big down payment? Take a look at their bank statements and see where the down payment is coming from. Make sure the buyers are already Pre-Approved and have a Letter from their bank or lender stating their qualifications. Remember, once you sign and accept the offer, unless you have some Seller Contingencies, you must sell. Do your best with your Realtor to get the right buyer to sell your home to.