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Selling a home can be a big step for a homeowner, since it always involves a bit of uncertainty. At Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield, we can help you attract the perfect buyer by assisting you in getting your home ready to put on the market and listing it at an appropriate price. There are steps you can take before listing your home, and we hope that this page will help you feel more confident about updating your property and selling it in the near future. Contact us today to get started!


 

When is the Best Time to Sell?

This is a question we’re asked quite often, and the answers can vary. As a local real estate team, we’re always watching the market to see what homes that are comparable to yours are selling for in the area. Certain seasons, such as spring or summer, can be better for selling a house, since more people are often looking to buy during these times of year. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t sell your home in the fall or winter months for the price you want — it simply requires you to have everything in order and the house looking its best in order to appeal to the right buyer.

Our team can help you determine when the best time will be to sell your home. You may have a certain timeline in which you’d like to sell your home, or you may need to move by a certain date for a new job or new opportunity. Whatever the case may be, we’ll be there every step of the way.

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Getting Your Home Ready

There are some things you can do to get your home ready to sell. You’ll obviously have it cleaned before you list it and start scheduling showings, but there might be some updates you need to make in order to attract the right buyer and sell the property for your preferred price.

Improving Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to how good your house looks from the street. If you’re often getting compliments from people as they walk by your home, then it’s quite possible that your property has fairly good curb appeal. It can be smart to assess it yourself as well, since you’re going to have a different opinion of your home from the outside than someone who walks or drives by perhaps once or twice a week.

If there are any major issues with your landscaping, such as bare patches of grass or dead bushes and trees, it can be worth it to update these troublesome areas. You might need to hire a professional landscaping company, but the investment can be well worth it when it comes to curb appeal.

As for your home’s exterior, take a look at the paint or siding on the outside of your house. Are there any obvious problems such as chipped paint or breaks in the siding? Are there light fixtures that could be repaired or updated before you list your home? It can be extremely beneficial to take a day or two and thoroughly check your house.

Minor Repairs and Updates

Once you’ve taken care of the outside of your home, you can focus on the repairs and updates you need to make on the inside. Minor repairs such as patching drywall or fixing a loose shelf can often be knocked out in an afternoon, as can updates such as painting a wall a different color or hanging new curtains in the living room. It can be good to go room by room, making a list of what needs to be done in each one, and then tackling one room at a time until everything is finished.

While minor fixes such as drywall and paint may seem tedious, they can make a big impact once you put your home on the market. A potential buyer might be looking for even the smallest defect, which is why it’s important to pay attention to the details from the very beginning.

Major Repairs and Updates

You may have remodeled your home a few times over the years, especially if you’ve lived in the house for a long time. After you moved in, you set your sights on updating the kitchen and the bathroom, both of which can help improve your home’s resale value. If it’s been some time since you updated your house, it could be good to make some major repairs and updates before listing the property.

If you’re thinking about overhauling any room in your house, be it the bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen, make sure you give yourself plenty of lead time so that you can have the project finished before you’re ready to list your home. Remodels can take anywhere from six months to a year, and you don’t want to be left with a half-finished kitchen when you were hoping to already have your home on the market.

Other major repairs can include fixing the plumbing and appliances in your home. If you’ve been having issues with low water pressure or clogged drains, you’ll want to get that remedied as soon as possible. Those types of problems will be noted on a home inspection report, so it’s better to have them taken care of before you list the property. As for appliances, it can be good to replace the ones you’re going to sell with the house, such as the refrigerator or the washer and dryer.

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Choosing a Realtor®

At any point during your updates to your home, you might wonder when would be a good time to get in touch with a local Realtor®. The truth of the matter is that you can contact a real estate agent at any time, either before, during, or after your upgrades and repairs. If you’re not sure where to start on improving your home’s curb appeal or fixing problems inside the house, an experienced Realtor® can point you in the right direction. At Coldwell Banker, we can help you create a priority list of things that need to get done before you list your home, as well as things that can be taken care of once the house is on the market and people are starting to view the property.

As your seller’s agent, we can help you navigate the entire real estate process from beginning to end. You may have never sold a house before, and we’ll be there to make sure you don’t feel too stressed or overwhelmed. We’ll also work with you to come up with a realistic asking price for your home, as well as determining when will be the best time to sell.

Listing Your Home

The process of listing your home can be an intimidating one, but with our help, you can feel confident that you’re doing everything correctly. We can help you determine the right asking price based on other homes that have sold in your neighborhood, what updates you’ve made to the property, and what the current buyer demand is. 

You may have heard of a “seller’s market,” which is what happens when there are lots of people looking to buy a home, but not a lot of inventory from which to choose. As a seller, you might have the luxury of being able to accept multiple offers, and you could end up selling your home for more than the original asking price. We can help you understand the current market situation, as well as answer any questions you have about listing, marketing, and showing your home.

Depersonalizing Your Home

One very important step to take before listing your home is to depersonalize it as much as possible. You want a potential buyer to be able to see themselves living in the house, which means you should take down personal photos and mementos to create more of a “blank slate” within your home. You can also paint over any accent walls that have bold colors with more neutral tones. The accent color may have appealed to you, but it may not appeal to someone attending a showing or an open house.

You’ll also want to remove items from storage areas such as cabinets and closets. It’s important for people to see how each storage area can be used, as well as how much storage space there is in the home, and that can be difficult if every closet and cupboard is full. You might need to pack some things away, but doing so can help you be that much further ahead when the time comes for you to move out of the house!

Staging Your Home

As your Realtor®, one area we can definitely help you with is staging your home for showings and open houses. This can involve updating and rearranging your furniture so that the home feels more modern and more open, which can be extremely appealing to an interested buyer. We can add small details such as flowers or decor that make the house feel lively instead of lived-in. We can help you set up each room to showcase its charm by highlighting the amount of natural light in the living room or the amount of space in the master bedroom.

You may not have given a lot of thought to staging your home, and that’s okay. As your real estate agent, we’ll take care of all the details and make your house look spectacular. With the right touches, you’ll likely have offers rolling in faster than you expected!

Accepting Offers

Once your house is on the market, you could start seeing offers in a matter of days, if not hours. Depending on the time of year and what the current real estate market is like, you might have offers as soon as the listing is posted! While this doesn’t happen every time, it’s good to be prepared for offers to start coming in right away. 

You’ll have interested buyers who want to see the house first, and that’s perfectly acceptable. We can help you determine which offers to consider, taking into consideration the amount that’s offered, which buyers are interested, and to whom you’d like to sell your home. You can take your time accepting an offer, but keep in mind that a buyer may have their eye on several properties in the area.

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The Closing Process

Once you’ve accepted an offer and are ready to move forward, we’ll help you navigate the closing process. The buyer will have steps they’ll have to take to get their down payment in order, and we’ll make sure that all of the paperwork on your end is in order. We’ll discuss closing costs with you and how those can be split between the buyer and seller. If, at any time during the closing, you have questions, we’ll be there to help.

Once the closing is complete and the contracts and other paperwork have been signed, we can help you devise a plan for moving out of your home and into your new one. Your house may be sold, but that doesn’t mean our relationship with you comes to an end!

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If you’ve been thinking about selling your home in Bakersfield for some time, please contact us today. As your Realtor®, we’ll be there every step of the way, from the time you start updating your home to the moment you close on the house and beyond. We love meeting new people and forming lasting relationships, and we’d love nothing more than to help you sell your home for the price you want and in the time you want.

 

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