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Preparing your Home For Sale


There is not a seller on the market right now who 
doesn't want their home to sell for top dollar and as fast as possible. Careful planning,preparing and knowledge of how to professionally fix up your home to show it’s best features can make that happen. Prepare to l
earn the top tips to turn your home into a fantastic marketable home.


Preparing to Disassociate Yourself With Your Home

Perhaps one of the toughest parts of preparing to selling your home is the disassociation process of selling. Simply put, you need to save your best memories in your mind but begin to think like a motivated seller.  Preparing to visualize yourself handing over the keys and warranties to the new buyers and also visualize the buyers handing you back a large check.  This may provide you the incentive needed to take this step.

De-Personalize

Put away those family photographs. You want to think about preparing buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here." And preparing to move in mentally as they are viewing the property.

De-Clutter!

Chances are that you haven't used it in the last 6 month to a year, you probably don't need it so be preparing to get rid of the junk! 
If you don't need it, why not donate or throw it away?  Remove all books from bookcases. Pack up those knickknacks, clean off everything on kitchen counters, prepare essential items used daily in a small box and store in a closet.Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will  need to do.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets

Buyers will open closet and cabinet doors so begin preparing by thinking of the positive message it sends when a buyer sees everything well organized. It says you probably took good care preparing the rest of the house as well and inspires confidence. This means a
lphabetizing spice jars, neatly stacking dishes, turning coffee cup handles facing the same way, hanging shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction and lining up shoes in closets. 

Rent a Storage Unit

Most homes show better with less furniture so consider preparing to remove pieces of furniture that block walkways and put them in storage. Now that your bookcases empty, store them. Preparing to remove extra leaves from your dining room table will make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to establish the room's purpose and lots of room to move around. You don't want buyers needing to ask what this room is used for.

Remove/Replace Favorite Items

Preparing to take down or move out the items you are taking with you when you move or risk having them become part of your negotiation.

Make small repairs

Fix leaky faucets

Fix kitchen drawers that jam

Paint your walls neutral color

Replace expired light bulbs


Make the House Sparkle!
 

Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior  

Clean out cobwebs  

Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks

Polish chrome faucets and mirrors  

Clean out the refrigerator 

Vacuum daily

Wax floors  

Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures

Bleach dingy grout

Replace worn rugs

Hang up fresh towels  

Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows  

Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no                       
 

 
Scrutinize

Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? 

Linger in the doorway of each room and imagine how it will look to a buyer.

Move furniture pieces around until it makes sense.

Make sure window coverings hang level.

Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact?


 
Check Curb Appeal

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because they don't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get them inside.  

Keep the sidewalks cleared.  

Mow and maintain the lawn.

Paint faded window trim.

Plant yellow flowers pots together.  Marigolds are very inexpensive.

Trim your bushes.  

If you are considering preparing to list your home for sale, and would like a comprehensive review of your property and many more selling tips, please contact Mike or Jill Kohler from Century 21 Chapman Agency at 215-741-3131 or just send us a quick email at: Info@PaRealEstateForSale.com for a
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~ 2017

Michael is very genuine & honest . He goes the extra mile & always has your best interest in mind . If i have any additional lending or Realtor needs , Michael will be my first choice !

 

~ M. Jones, Morrisville Pa

Jill was very knowledgeable and helpful during my first home buying. She answered any questions or concerns I had. She was able to walk me through the process from beginning to end and he never rushed or pressured me to make a decision on the house. I would highly recommend using Jill as a real estate agent

 

~ Denise L, Bensalem Pa

Jill Kohler is remarkable. Not only did she do her job she went above and beyond to help us with refinancing our home and that in itself was a huge project. Unlike many others she stuck with us and helped us every step of the way to refinance our home. SHE IS DEFINITELY TOP NOTCH IN OUR BOOK! We really can't thank her and her associates enough

 

~ Jen Biddle, Levittown Pa

Mike assisted me with financing the purchase of a condo. From beginning to end he was very responsive to my needs, extremely knowledgeable and helpful about the real estate market and just a pleasure to work with in general. He anticipated and communicated each step in the process of mortgage financing and made it easy for me to understand and qualify for a mortgage. I would work with him again in a heart beat and strongly recommend them to anyone shopping for real estate or a mortgage. Thanks Mike!

 

~ Bob M, Yardley Pa

Jill is a great person to work with. We refinanced our mortgage and Jill was very persistent on getting everything done. The entire process took about 5 weeks from beginning to end. She knows her stuff and answered any questions we had. I would highly recommend working with her.

 

~ Dawn S, Fairless Hills, Pa

Jill was awesome to work with. She told us what we needed up front things went as smooth as possible. Jill would always keep us in the loop never a guessing game. Thank you so much.

 

~ Frank B, Langhorne Pa

Mike and Jill Kohler are the ultimate professionals in the real estate world. Mike and Jill guided us through the entire home-buying process from beginning our search, to understanding our price range (based on credit and income), to finding houses for us, to scheduling walk-throughs and taking us to the houses (sometimes 6 or 7 in a night), to evaluating the properties (to ensure it is worth what they were asking), to making the offer, to finding the best mortgage rate and walking us through the mounds of paperwork, and helping us through all the inspections and requirements that lead to settlement. Buying a house is not an easy process and Mike and Jill Kohler made it as simple and pain-free as anybody could and we could not have asked for a better team!!

 

~ Jim & Wendy, Bensalem Pa

Mike is a very personable, trustworthy professional. I have worked with him in several capacities over the past 20 years and have appreciated his professionalism, confidence and overall good nature.

 

~ Bill D, Langhorne Pa

I have talk to Mike several time for advise and he was honest and very knowledgeable on my situations. I would recommend him because he walks you through without making you feel confused.

 

~ M Deon, Yardley Pa

I was a first time buyer and Jill made it as easy as can be. It was overwhelming but she guided us through to the best of her abilities. Her honesty was key and made me feel very comfortable. The process of buying a home was all brand new to me and without her guidance I would have been lost. She was very professional and new all about the information I had questions with. I would recommend her to anybody when buying a home.

 

~ Anthony B, Levittown Pa

I have worked with Mike on several occasions. Both with helping to finance my primary residence, but also to seek advice on refinancing, and the possibility of purchasing other properties. I have always enjoyed working with Mike and he has become a trusted advisor. I highly recommend him!

 

~ John K, Upper Makefield, Pa

The entire process of buying a house, even when you've done your research as I had done, can be unavoidably frustrating and nerve wracking. Jill was there to walk us through every stage, from the agreement of sale, to building inspection, repair requests, to final walk-through, to settlement day. Being a person who does everything in advance, Jill was there to calm me down when I was frustrated by sellers who were, in my eyes, slow to respond. She was continuously an integral part of the process, always pushing the sellers and their agent for the information we needed. Having met 3 other real estate agents in the past, I can say undoubtedly that if you want to find a house that meets your needs, that Jill Kohler is the best person for the job. She's more concerned about your needs as a buyer, than trying to pressure you into buying something you don't quite want.

 

~ Jimmy Mac, Levittown Pa

Jill, I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work. You listened to what I wanted. We worked out a plan and were able to accomplish my goals. You made the process simplier than I could have imagined. And the communication was amazing. I will definitely refer you to my friends and family. Thank you for everything.

 

~ Wendy W, Langhorne, Pa

Jill was truly a godsend! She helped us sell my elderly in-law's home, which wasn't easy since we live an hour from the property. No task was too big or small to help us sell in a timely manner. Jill had a strong grasp of local real estate markets, and helped us price and market the property quickly. She also kept an eye on the house in our absence, and kept us informed every step of the way. We simply can't recommend Jill more highly!

 

~ S Fiorentino, Langhorne Pa

Jill and her husband helped me through a very tough time selling my mother's home. Being a good real estate agent is a great thing and they both were but it is even better when they really support you through it as well. I would highly recommend them.

 

~ Chris S, Langhorne Pa

We were lucky to find Jill. We had a house floundering on the market (as plenty were at the time) and decided to change realtors. We gave Jill a call. She gave us great advice on staging and even provided us with some of her own things to help with the staging process. She took great photos of our home and we had the house sold a short time later. My husband calls both Jill and Mike with questions about real estate and they are very knowledgeable and always available to us and we really appreciate it! I would recommend Jill Kohler to anyone looking to buy/sell a property.

 

~ Joann O, Levittown Pa

Jill did a great job understanding exactly what I was looking for. She arranged a full day to see numerous properties that met my requirements. We found the perfect property the first day that we started looking.

 

~ Tim K, Yardley Pa

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