Are you thinking of selling your cabin or home soon? Here are some tips and suggestions you might find helpful!
The more info you can gather on your property, the better prepared you will be for selling it! Here is a list of information that is especially helpful to find and share with your listing agent:
The first impression of a property is very important – I’ve seen buyers pass over properties just based on poor curb appeal. Your property should appear inviting to buyers, and make them feel like they want to see inside! Below are suggestions for both cabins, and homes in town:
Cabins or homes in the woods or on a lakeshore. Buyers are always attracted to the classic northwoods ‘post card’ look. You know what I mean – a scenic, winding drive thru the woods, to a private, quaint cabin setting, enhanced with pines, native perennials and a smaller, sparse yard that appears easy to care for and enjoy. Not everyone has this type of cabin property, but you can make what you do have look its best:
Homes in town – most of the above applies to homes in town, other than the yards will be more of a ‘city-type’ yard. Be sure that your whole property looks neat, trimmed and maintained.
Whether you have a newer home or an older rustic cabin – spending time to get it ready to sell in this competitive market will really pay off! Here are suggestions to help you get started:
De-clutter and clean!
De-Clutter. Some buyers just can’t look beyond clutter to notice the cabin attributes-help them to see your cabin! Clear end tables, shelves and counters of family pictures, collectables and knick-knacks, then restock with just a few select pieces to accent the décor. Remove excess furniture from the cabin and smaller rooms to create a feeling of openness. Arrange remaining furniture to create quaint sitting areas, and a sensible flow from room to room.
Clean It Up! A clean, fresh-smelling home or cabin is a must. If you don’t have the ability or time to keep up on household chores, hire someone to do this. Odors are a big turn-off- ripe trash, pet odors, cigarette smoke, or that musty cabin smell, all can send buyers looking elsewhere. Rodent traps should be discreetly-placed, and please, don’t leave them full of decaying mice….
Decorating and Color Schemes:
Cabins: Buyers most often prefer a north-woods theme or styling. They want to see some wood and rustic features that make them feel they are in a vacation cabin, and not in a city home. If possible, remove anything ‘frilly, lacy or floral-patterned – this includes drapes, curtains, wallpaper, furniture and coverings. Replace with solids, plaids or northwoods-themed patterns. Color schemes that are sought-after include muted olive, and pale shades of browns and warm greys. A few accent colored-items or painted walls, sparingly-placed, can brighten up a dull room or area. Great lighting always helps – at the very least make sure all rooms have adequate and easy-to-find lighting. Mood lighting, such as under-cabinet lights and other accent lighting helps create a warm, cozy feel.
In-town homes: Most of these homes are not used for vacation, but rather for full-time living, so the rustic cabin look, while still popular, is not always desired. Almost all houses benefit from a color scheme that is more neutral and light. Keep to off-whites, or washed-out hues of warm colors such as found in cremes and browns. Deep blue shades are the hardest colors to cover over- if you like blues, use sparingly or choose muted tones. Throw in some brighter accent colors or items of your choosing, to brighten up dull areas. Again, lace and frilly décor is not a favorite of buyers, even with those looking at in-town homes. Keeping with a light, clean and classic style will please most buyers and show your house off well.
Improvements and Remodeling
Before you throw money into putting in new flooring, countertops or remodeling, let’s talk. I can give you suggestions that will enrich your property, and steer you away from projects that may be a waste of your time and resources.
Repairs and Maintenance:
Fixing what you can will certainly help. Make sure all of your doors, locks and hardware work well, windows and patio doors open, close and lock with ease. All light fixtures and overhead fans should be working. Fix those dripping faucets and plugged drains too. Caulk your showers and bathtubs and re-grout old tile if needed. You can present a clean and well-maintained place, even if its old and outdated!
How about the big-ticket items? Buyers consider your roof, foundation, mechanicals, well and septic systems as critical features, and these are often the very items that turn up on home inspections as having defects. If you can, fix, replace or service what is needed – before you try to sell your home. Talk to your agent for sale strategies if you want to list your cabin or home when you know it has defects.
Safety and Accessibility. Prepare for anticipated showings – ensure your home and property are safe for buyers to tour; make sure handrails and stairways are sturdy and lighting works in all areas, including basements. Wood walkways are common but can be very slippery when damp – install non-slip tread coverings, or sprinkle with sand before showings.
Each property, situation and budget is different and needs to be considered separately. Usually though, your efforts to present an attractive cabin or home to potential buyers will pay off with a quick sale for the best price! I’m here to help you sort through everything that needs to be done. Call me today for an honest assessment of your property, and my suggestions for getting it ready for a successful sale. Cathy
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