Renee Heine
Tele: 608-220-0440
Mail: 1139 Rutledge
Madison, WI 53703

Selling Your Home in Madison

Tips for Selling Your Home

Selling your home can be exciting, but it also takes work. Learn about the process of selling your home, before you begin. Here are a few tips to get your home ready to be sold, as always, I am available to answer your questions that may not be covered here.

I believe houses must be marketed and sold, not simply shown. I take a hands on approach to selling your home. I am always available to meet with you or a potential buyer, host a Broker open or open house to generate market 'buzz' to sell your property My objective is to help maximize my client's selling profit, minimize time on the market, and make the process of selling your home a pleasant experience.

Pre-listing Inspection

Having your home inspected by a professional home inspector before you list is highly recommended. Eventually your buyers are going to conduct a home inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Be sure your inspector is insured and licensed or certified by the State of Wisconsin.

An Inspection Performed Ahead of Time Helps in Many Ways:
  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors, or if possible make the repairs yourself.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  • It may alert you of immediate concern items, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • It may relieve buying prospect's concerns and suspicions.
  • It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
  • Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
  • Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.

Clean Up the Outside

Curb appeal is the first impression of all homes for sale. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great first impression on potential buyers. Paint or wash the exterior of the house (including window casings, shutters, and doors). Wash the windows inside and out. Check the gutters and chimney, clean and repair as needed. Trim any over grown trees or shrubs.

Touch Up the Interior

Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms. Wash the walls where paint is not appropriate (i.e. wall paper, paneling). Wash all floors and bathroom tiles. Shampoo dirty carpets. Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic. Use self storage if necessary. Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down.

Replace Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures

People will immediately notice a leaking or worn-out faucet. By replacing these items, you will give a new look to the entire room. Thoroughly clean under the sinks. If there are any leaks fix them. Then clean up the damage using contact paper or paint. If there are items you must store under the sinks it is best to organize this space so everything looks tidy, clean, and well kept.

Remove Any Bad Smells in Your Home

Pay attention to potential pet or smoke odors. Place scented potpourri throughout many rooms in the house. On the day you're expecting a potential buyer, light scented candles, or pop a batch of frozen cinnamon rolls or home-made bread into the oven for a great welcoming aroma.

Selling with a Realtor

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. It pays in many ways to have an Agent working for you. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same Realtor again.

As Your Realtor I Can Assist You in Many Ways:
  • Give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties.
  • Market your property to other real estate agents and the public.
  • Will know when, where and how to advertise your property properly.
  • Objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your marketing position.
  • Assisting every step of the way; from listing, to marketing, to closing the sale of your home.

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