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Prepare your Home to Sell

Preparing your Home for a Quick Sell

Getting your home prepared before you list it on the Real Estate Market for sale can take much stress out of the transaction.  There are plenty of little things you can do that don’t take a lot of time or money that will help render a smoother and expeditious experience.

Jump start the sale of your home with these great tips:

  1. Depersonalize the Space
  • You do not want buyers to be distracted.  Not everyone has the same taste in décor so when it comes to furniture keep it neutral.  Stick with understated pieces that aren’t too flashy or distracting. 
  • Pack away any personal family heirlooms and photographs.  The new buyers need to be able to imagine themselves and their items on the walls.
  • Re-paint the walls a very neutral color that would appease to the buyers. This goes along with the idea that not all people have the same taste in decor.  You do not want buyers to remember your property as “the purple wall house”.
  1. De-Clutter the Space
  • Less is more!  Move out some furniture because property shows better with less furniture in it. 
  • Remove any leaves from the dining room table to make the space around it look bigger. You want the buyers to be able to move around easily.  
  • Clear clutter so potential buyers can picture themselves living there and be able to see the homes full potential.
  • Remember to clean out closets and make them look tidy. Buyers will open them up to see the storage space and you don’t want items falling out on them. 
  1. Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection
  • If you do not know the current condition of your home you can opt to get a pre-listing home Inspection to let you know which things might need attention or repair.  
  • Home inspections done while in a transaction could potentially cause a listing to fall out of escrow.  It is always better to be prepared for what might need to be dealt with before it goes into escrow.
  1. Select an Exceptional Realtor
  • Some traits to look for in an exceptional realtor include: great communication skills, strong negotiating skills, someone who can offer guidance throughout the entire process, and the ability to price your property at the correct price from the start. 
  • If the pricing is incorrect from the start it will be a mistake that could set you back.  This can and will stop a home from selling quickly! 

Please contact us for all you need to know about selling your home in San Luis Obispo, or find a home here!

Get your home ready for the winter

Fall Checklist for Staying Cozy and Efficient

It’s official. Summer is over!

The following tips feature easy checks, adjustments, and maintenance practices you can undertake now to ensure your fall and winter seasons stay warm, dry, and efficient.

Insulate before it’s too late

A poorly insulated home causes your heat to travel to unnecessary locations, while working harder in the places you do need it, such as the living spaces and bedrooms. Upgrading or increasing your insulation is one of the most effective ways to achieve energy savings.

Check for drafts and cracks

Keep the cold out and the heat in.Test each window and exterior door in your home for drafts coming through. On doors, look for cracks where a bit of sunlight peeks through. Simply apply new weather stripping (potentially with a larger thickness). Window cracks or seal breaks will require caulking or weather stripping as well.

See the light

With shorter days descending upon us, the lights must stay on longer. Check both your indoor and outdoor lights to ensure they’ve all been replaced with energy efficient light bulbs. This is particularly important for outdoor lights, which tend to stay on for long periods of time in the fall and winter. Take it one step farther by installing lighting products that feature automatic daylight shut-off, motion sensors.

Get your mind in the gutters

Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. It is so important to keep this system flowing

smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your

basement. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.

Freshen your filter

Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.

Give your furnace a physical

Preparing your heating system for the weather change is perhaps the most important component of fall and winter comfort. Sediment build-up in your furnace or heat pump causes inefficiency and can even present a safety issue. Consider having a professional inspect your heating system.

Gather round the hearth

Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.

Keep your family safe at home

A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.

*(Information gathered from the Dept. of Energy and Better Homes and Garden home improvement)

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San Luis Obispo Realty
805-544-9161
info@san-luis-obispo-realty.com
441 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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