Are you thinking about selling your house? If so, then it’s time to hire an experienced, local real estate agent who can help you get ready.
In today’s competitive real estate market, selling a house takes more than just posting a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn and uploading photos taken with a cellphone camera. With your agent’s knowledge of what buyers want and what features are helping homes sell in your neighborhood, your home will sell for the best possible price, if you follow her advice.
REMAX/Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer reinforces with her clients not to spend money on the wrong repairs and upgrades. As a top producing agent in Pinellas County, Estelia helps homeowners to prepare their homes in best possible light for a successful sale. And, she says that if you’re looking for examples of curb appeal, check out the neighborhoods of the Old Northeast, Historic Kenwood and Snell Isle for some great ideas.
5 Things to Do Before Selling
1. Make your home shine. A clean home implies it has been well taken care of. Buyers scrutinize homes, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Be sure to clean rugs and carpets to remove unsightly stains or dinginess and eliminate odors. Straighten up each room, including cabinets, closets and the garage, before showing.
2. Dress up Your Front Door. A well-chosen front-door color can make a strong first impression. Color experts say that a yellow door can be the ultimate statement and tends to suit energetic young families or anyone with a zest for life and fashion.
3. Make the Small Repairs. Repair or replace broken or outdated hardware throughout your home such as door handles, faucets, towel bars and curtain rods. New hardware in the bathroom, kitchen and on windows and doors also improves the functionality and safety of these components.
4. Put Away Everyday Items and Depersonalize Things. Children’s toys, pet belongings, dirty laundry, litter boxes and the like should not be visible during open houses and showings. Move them to a less conspicuous area of your home or garage. Same goes for family photos, your scrapbooking craft corner, knick-knacks and anything else that reflects your personality, hobbies, interests, or family. Pack them away – remember, buyers need to see themselves in the home.
5. Paint Sensibly. A well-done, no-frills paint job is all you need. Nature and spa-inspired neutral colors, such as beige and subtle gray, are the best choices. Don’t forget the trim and molding.
St. Petersburg Communities
Greater Pinellas Point
Historic Old Northeast
Historic Roser Park
Isla del Sol
If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one and are thinking of selling, talk to The Mesimer Team.