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March 23, 2017

Fresno Area home selling is not so different from home selling in any other desirable community: the nearly universal underpinnings haven’t changed through the years. So when a homeowner watches a “Just Sold!” sign go up on a neighborhood home he or she just knows it isn’t nearly as good a buy as his or her own property, “why them/why not me?” is the normal response.

The answer can be quite simple. If you want your own Fresno/Clovis home selling campaign to proceed as smoothly as possible, veteran sellers offer some reliable advice:

  • Remove yourself from the equation. Specifically, remove the family photos off the walls and store them in an out-of-the-way place. That evocative stairwell lined with pictures of the kids and family vacations might be a trip down memory lane for you, but it’s a roadblock for potential buyers. The goal in home selling is to effectively showcase the property — don’t make the star of your production share the stage! Allow potential Buyers to imagine making their own memories in the home!
  • Store extra clothes. Sort through the clothes you and your family are not going to wear this season and remove them from the closets. Overstuffed, cluttered closets give prospective buyers the impression that there isn’t enough storage space, whereas a sparsely hung closet just feels luxurious. If needed, purchase wardrobe boxes to store in the garage.
  • Use the professional talent that’s already on deck — ask your REALTOR for a truly forthright opinion on how your home stacks up against the other current listings in town. Since you’re on the same team, you’ll get the best of both worlds: real, up-to-the-moment comparisons with competing area homes, and suggestions for how to further improve your property’s profile among them.

Preparing to sell a home can seem daunting at first, but once you begin in earnest, with the help of your real estate professional and a few proven guidelines, the process can be fully in motion quickly and easily. The most important thing to remember is that the better you display your property, the more money it is likely to sell for. It all starts when you give the “R.A.R.E. Team” call!

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