SELLERS

High-Quality Listing Service

For most families, your home is your largest financial asset, and deciding to sell it is a big decision that involves a huge amount of preparation and work. When you’re ready to sell, it’s important to have an experienced real estate professional on your side to handle the details involved in a successful top-dollar sale. That’s where we come in.

As experienced professionals, we have helped many Show Low residents sell their homes, guiding them through every aspect of the sales process, from strategically marketing and showcasing your home to making sure everything’s signed, sealed and delivered by the closing date. Providing you with comprehensive, high-quality listing service is our priority.

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Get Your House Ready

A house that sparkles on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both may be structurally well-maintained. From experience, we at Cedar Ridge know a well-polished house appeals to more buyers and will sell more quickly for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a cared-for home because if what is visible is in good shape, people often assume the invisible elements of the house are also in good shape. In readying your house for sale, consider:

  • How much should you spend to prepare your house for sale?
  • Exterior and curb appeal
  • Interior appeal

Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal.

How Much Should You Spend?

When preparing your home for the market, you want to spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand-new roof, but they aren’t likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There’s a big difference between making minor, inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house—such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room—and doing extensive, costly renovations, such as installing a new kitchen. At Cedar Ridge, we are familiar with buyers’ expectations in the White Mountains neighborhoods, so we can advise you specifically on what improvements we believe need to be made and which improvements are most effective. Don’t hesitate to ask us for advice.

Maximizing Your Curb Appeal

When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is its exterior. If the outside (or “curb appeal”) looks good, people will more than likely want to see what’s on the inside. You will want to 1. keep the lawn edged, cut, and watered, 2. Clean up pine needles and branches dropped by the trees. 3. Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds. 4. Be sure your front door area has a welcoming feeling. 5. Paint the front door and if you’re in spring and summer, add a couple of pots of brightly colored flowers near your front entrance or if you’re in winter, keep areas—especially walks—neatly cleared of snow and ice. You can also check your foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problems you find. Try removing and repainting any peeling paint on doors and windows. A few more tips are:

  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • Reseal old asphalt.
  • Keep the garage door closed.
  • Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
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Maximizing Your Interior Appeal

You want your home to look as spacious, bright, and clean as possible. Also, the home should look neutral—without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects—so buyers can begin to imagine themselves living there. You’ll want to give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms actually rent storage garages and move half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look. Use a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market.  Remove the less frequently used, and even daily used items from kitchen counters, closets, basement, and attic to make these areas more inviting. Make sure tabletops, dressers, and closets are free of clutter. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms; they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for these rooms to be clean and odor free which means you’ll need to repair dripping faucets and showerheads. Another way to maximize your interior is to buy new towels for the bathroom and only put them out for showings.