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Homeowner Happenings: Getting a House Ready to Sell

Feb 27, 2018 07:16PM ● By KAREN CHARRON

Everyone wants to get the best price when selling their home. It can be challenging to figure out how much time, effort, and money should be invested in making the home more attractive to buyers to maximize the selling price. Obvious problems that detract from a home’s appearance or function should be addressed. However, some improvements need to be carefully considered since the cost of various upgrades may not result in a big enough increase in the selling price to be worth it.

Here are some tips to help determine what to do when getting a home ready for sale.

  1. Take a look with fresh eyes. We all become blind to the things we live with daily. However, try to imagine how the home will look through the eyes of a prospective buyer. Look for damage that will decrease the value of the home. Fix roof leaks, gutter problems or broken screens—items that will certainly catch a buyer’s eye and possibly cause them to pass on the place.
  2. Spruce things up. Some new paint and curtains, doorknobs or faucets are relatively inexpensive and will help improve the home’s attractiveness. Keep the look neutral and timeless. Sorry, you may love that dark blue living room, but others don’t.
  3. Clean, clean and then clean again. Shampoo carpets, wash walls and windows and pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.
  4. Declutter. Donate items no longer needed or move them offsite. Clear off counters, windowsills, shelves and table tops. Remove anything that could distract a buyer. The goal is to allow the buyer to view themselves in this home, not showcase all the stuff accumulated over the years.
  5. Check for odors. Foul smells can turn people away—odors that the current homeowner may not even notice. An honest third party may need to be called upon to help here.
  6. Pay attention to curb appeal. The first thing a prospective buyer sees should make them want to come inside and see more. Power wash things that have taken on a dull look. The placement of flowering plants and repainting the front door can make a big impact on curb appeal. Don’t forget the yard. Trim trees and shrubs and remove all clutter.
  7. Watch the Budget. Items that need to be repaired can start adding up. Many seemingly small projects can easily cost hundreds of dollars. Each repair and spruce up needs to be evaluated for return on investment. There’s a general rule-of-thumb that repairs costing less than $500 should be done. However, improvements or upgrades beyond that need to be evaluated for their overall effect on improving a home’s attractiveness so that the budget doesn’t get out of control.

The best advice, though, is to work with a qualified real estate agent who can evaluate the home and make recommendations.

Anyone interested in learning more about how to get a home ready for sale, real estate agent Angela Pohakuola Studer, of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, is hosting a free information session March 24 from 4-5pm on “Getting a Home Ready to Sell” at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, 4460 Kapolei Parkway, Suite 310, Kapolei. Call 808-551-0900 to reserve a seat.

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If you are looking to purchase or sell a home, contact Angela Pohakuola Studer (RA) RS-79822, of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (4460 Kapolei Pkwy., Ste. 310, Kapolei), at 808-551-0900 or [email protected]. For more information, visit

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