Editor’s Note: Monica (Mo) Bustos, a Certified Military Residential Specialist and successful real estate agent in Central Texas, significantly contributed to the content of this article. Please note that several of the recommendations and tips below were graciously provided by Monica. If you are looking for a real estate agent in Central Texas to sell your TX home, please consider contacting Monica (Mo) Bustos. Monica, who has lived in Copperas Cove since 2015, can be reached at 270.253.2877 or visit her online at either https://monica.allcityhomestore.com or https://www.facebook.com/FortHoodAreaHomes.
When selling your Texas home, it’s very important to make it presentable online first. This preparation work is what actually gets buyers through the door to see it and get a feel for its best qualities in person. Remember that most buyers start their home search online.
Luckily, making a home presentable online is really not as hard as you may think. Potential home buyers need to be able to picture their own furniture, décor and pictures on the walls to decide if it’s the home for their family.
Imagining or envisioning your family in a home can be hard to do when there are someone else’s personal belongings in the property. Decluttering and depersonalizing are the very most important things you can do before letting your real estate professional take pictures to put online. It can also be important to repair any unsightly or inconvenient damages in your home.
Step 1: Handle Clutter and Personal Items
When decluttering and depersonalizing, it’s important to make quick decisions on what you want to get rid of, store, or keep in the home for real estate photos. It may seem like a good idea at first to simply shove as many belongings as possible into the nearest closet, but potential buyers may wish to see inside every room when visiting the home in person.
The easiest way to avoid heaping a mound of personal items into every nook and cranny of your home is to simply rent storage space. It’s important to select storage space with adequate climate control, security, and easy access, especially if you plan to store delicate items. A good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t store it for weeks in the trunk of your car or on your porch, then you want an indoor space!
You want people to be able to see as much floor, wall and surface as possible, so it’s very wise to store things out of sight and out of mind. The less “stuff” in your house, the less distractions that might prevent buyers from seeing all of its beautiful qualities.
Step 2: Make Repairs
If you’re able to pay for repairs before posting your home online or hosting prospective buyers, it can go a long way toward securing a sale at a good value. When buyers feel they’re paying for a well-maintained home with no outstanding flaws to correct, they’ll be willing to pay more than if they spotted unsightly or inconvenient repairs they’ll have to make themselves.
Moving into a new home can be a very labor-intensive process. No new homeowner wants to be faced with a pile of bills and unexpected issues within weeks of purchase! While it can be acceptable to leave the home as-is, it’s best to mention this fact to potential buyers very early in the discussions to leave no room for miscommunication.
Step 3: Hire a Good Photographer
Making an online posting for your home begins primarily with acquiring high-quality, professional images from experts. Here’s some local photographers across Central Texas:
Harker Heights, TX 76548
Lacie Grant Photography
Kelly Colson Photography
Round Rock, TX
Scott Ramsay Images
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