How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

by Rosemary Pezzano 12/17/2018

Selling your home can be an exciting time because it usually represents a positive change in your life. Chances are, putting your house on the market means you're moving up in your career, expanding your family, or even retiring.

Regardless of the reason you're selling your home, one thing's for certain: You'll want the process to go as smoothly as possible!

The first step to making that happen involves choosing a real estate agent who's experienced, easy to work with, familiar with your neighborhood, and ready to help you navigate the many twists and turns of selling your home. If this is the first time you've sold a home -- or if you haven't done it in a decade or more -- you'll need lots of advice on everything from pricing your home correctly to enhancing its appearance and making the best possible impression on potential buyers.

Since you usually don't get a second opportunity to make a great first impression, there are two crucial concepts to remember that can make or break your chances of selling your house at the best price and in a relatively short period of time.

Curb Appeal: One of your top objectives in listing your house is to attract as many qualified buyers as you can. The first hurdle you'll need to clear is making your property look inviting from the outside.

Whether you're selling real estate or consumer products, attractive packaging is what catches people's attention and draws them in. The outside appearance of your home and yard is the first thing that triggers either interest or disinterest among prospective buyers. House hunters often make a snap decision in a matter of seconds about whether to pursue a real estate listing, and that decision is typically based on factors like the condition of your lawn, the neatness of your shrubbery, and the appearance of the exterior off your house.

Basic ways to enhance your home's curb appeal would include applying a fresh coat of paint, maintaining a manicured lawn, and -- if the season allows -- placing colorful potted or hanging flowers on your porch or near your front door. Good curb appeal advice would vary, depending on the style, size, layout, and condition of your property, so the best place to turn for customized curb appeal ideas would be your real estate agent.

Home Staging: Most people are familiar with the concept of home staging, but don't necessarily know how to go about it in the most effective way. Part of the problem stems from the fact that homeowners can't objectively look at their own home and see what needs to be improved or changed. Outside opinions, such as those from a professional home stager, Realtor, or home decorator, can be extremely helpful. If you happen to have a friend or relative with a flair for home organizing or decorating, they may be willing to provide you with some productive suggestions, too!

About the Author
Author

Rosemary Pezzano

  • WHO I AM…

There are many reasons why I enjoy my career as a REALTOR. The main reason is the deep satisfaction that comes from helping people realize their dreams, helping them through the major transition that accompanies selling, buying and moving. Another reason is that no transactions are the same. Each one has its own characteristics and challenges. It is through overcoming the challenges that enables me to improve my quality of service. Each and every day I work at perfecting my attention to detail and my commitment to excellence while being mindful of my core values.

  • WHAT I CAN DO…

Since relocating in 2001 to Four Seasons at Upper Freehold Gated Active Adult Community, I have become an enthusiastic cheerleader! Having first-hand knowledge and sharing that knowledge has contributed towards a reputation for achieving results, not just promises! Listening, delivering necessary information, helping to negotiate the best possible price and terms and making sure all details are covered help to have a successful closing. This comes from over 40 years of real estate experience. 

  • COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Four Seasons at Upper Freehold is located in rural Upper Freehold, southwestern Monmouth County. The 387 single family residences naturally blend with the surrounding rural landscape and the neighboring Borough of Allentown with its many antique shops and boutiques. For the young at heart, Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park and Safari is also nearby. Commuting lies within 60 miles of New York City and 35 miles from Philadelphia with easy access to Princeton and the Jersey Shore. Neighboring Quaker Bridge Mall and Freehold Mall for all your shopping needs and the Hamilton Marketplace nearby.

  • WHAT CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
06/07/2018 - Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Allentown, NJ.

Rosemary was a pleasure to deal with - very responsive, professional, knowledgeable and went above and beyond for us. She made a very overwhelming situation of selling my parents' house into a manageable, do able process that I couldn't even fathom getting thru at the onset. The house was sold and closed in a month's time and I am still pinching myself that we got through this huge undertaking so readily. This truly is thanks to Rosemary. She is wonderful!

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04/20/2018 - Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Allentown, NJ.
Rosemary was very easy to work with and gave me a lot of good advice for selling a home within Four Seasons / Allentown (some of which I should have taken sooner!). She and her husband (who is also a Realtor) were incredibly helpful with many of the small (and some not so small) details of getting our house prepped and sold. Because I lived a ways away from the house I was selling, there were many times when Rosemary or her husband were able to save me a trip to handle something at the home while it was on the market, showing that they will do whatever it takes to help make a sale go smoothly, and I greatly appreciate their help. Rosemary responded quickly to all of my questions via phone, email, or text; I never waited long to hear back from her no matter the day or time.

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10/07/2016 - Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Allentown, NJ.

I am thankful I chose to have Rosemary sell my house. Through every step of the process she kept me informed, made useful suggestions and helped. Here are just four examples. Just before we put the house on the market, she made a suggestion to relocate a piece of furniture. And yes, after moving it, the room looked larger. The house was listed on a Wednesday and by noon on Friday I had a full price offer. When the new buyers suggested the landscape plantings were overgrown, she had her husband come over to trim the worse offenders. At the end of the process, after the house had been cleaned for the new owners' walk-through and because I had had to move out of the area, she and her husband put out the remaining five cans of trash. After the closing I got a call from her because some of my mail had been delivered to my just-sold house rather than having been forwarded. She offered to take it to the Post Office for forwarding and to alert them to the problem. These are just four examples of the many ways Rosemary (and her husband) helped make the difficult process of selling my house as painless and as smooth as possible. Thank you Rosemary (and husband)!!

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09/21/2015 - Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Allentown, NJ.

If you are selling a house in this area, use Rosemary as your agent. She worked tirelessly to get our house sold. She was very involved, handled many, many details for us, and was extremely knowledgeable about the value of homes in the area. She even arranged for her husband to help us out in several instances. She kept me updated and led us through every step of the process, explaining what we needed to do and how things would progress. We no longer live in the area and without her, we would never have been able to handle the sale long distance. She was wonderful to work with.Less 

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09/09/2015 - Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Allentown, NJ.

Rosemary pays attention to details and knew exactly the type of exposure the home needed to get the job done. We had the home listed for sale 2 other times with another realtor with no results. Rosemary felt that the home needed to be professionally photographed and she was right. The photos brought in numerous buyers and the home sold in a few weeks. I would recommend Rosemary to anyone who wishes to sell their home in a timely manner for a fair price.