Preparing Your Home for Sale

Today as a result of the continual advancement of the internet, your property can be viewed by prospective buyers from around the world. MauiEstatesOnline.com as a part of the Sotheby's International Realty brand, now has the advantage of global reach to an international marketplace of buyers. As a result, we understand that putting your property's best foot forward is an important aspect of marketing your home. It all begins with an initial consultation on preparing your home for the sale.

If you are considering selling Maui real estate, whether it's a home, condo or land, we suggest you consult with your Realtor® in advance. The consultation will involve a tour of your property. Taking time to make your home more appealing to today's buyers and to elevate it above competing properties will work to your advantage. Looking at your home from a buyer's perspective is one of the many services that an Island Sotheby's International Realty professional provides before a property goes on the market. Your Maui REALTOR® will work with you to create a customized -to do- list and time frame, providing practical tips and connections to trusted local service providers.

A fresh coat of paint on the front door, adding potted flowing plants and depersonalizing a home will broaden its appeal. Your home will also photograph more beautifully for its use on the internet and in print media such as magazines and flyers. It's important to begin your marketing by taking the right and basic steps first.

Preparation and Projects

Interior of your home:

  • Check to see that all systems (heating, ventilation, electrical, plumbing) and fixtures are in good working order.
  • Repair sticking doors and windows. Replace hardware as needed.
  • Check all light bulbs and fans are working properly.
  • Address safety hazards such as loose hand rails and steps.
  • Arrange and remove furniture to maximize space and showcase architectural features.
  • Clean and organize closets, garage storage spaces and the pantry.
  • Make sure your home is clean. Wash windows, walls and woodwork, or add a fresh coat of paint if needed.
  • Have the carpets cleaned.
  • Remove any odors caused by strong foods and smoke.

Exterior of your home:

  • Give your home curb appeal to draw out interest from Buyers.
  • Spruce up your entryway to make it more inviting. Paint your front door. Decorate the entry and lanai areas with flowering potted plants to add color.
  • Fertilize your grass a month prior to actively marketing your home.
  • Trim and edge your lawn.
  • Groom bushes and trees.
  • Pick up debris. Store toys and lawn equipment out of site.  Keep garden hoses rolled up neatly.
  • Inspect your roof, fences, gates, gutters, downspouts and sprinkler system to insure they are in good working order.
  • Fix/replace broken windows and torn screens as well as cracked driveways and walkways.
  • Consider power washing or painting your house if necessary.
  • Consider hiring a certified home inspector to remove surprises later when you are under-contract with a Buyer.
  • Consult your Realtor before making any capital improvements.
  • For land, consider marking the boundary corners in advance to make the area visible to buyers. In addition, mow all or a portion of the land to allow prospective buyers access to walk the land.

Staging For Photography and Open House:

  • Enhance the main entry and lanai area with colorful potted plants and ferns.
  • De-clutter and de-personalize your home. Remember you want the buyers to view your home and not your personal items.
  • Place fresh flowers on the dining room table.
  • Add a colorful bowl of fruit to the kitchen.
  • Remove table top appliances from the kitchen counters.
  • Remove tooth brushes and shampoo items from the bathroom and shower.

Today, 90% of Buyers and Sellers search and view comparable properties online. I suggest you invite me in to your home, condominium or land at least two months prior to placing it in the Multiple Listing Service and ask for our advice to improve its appearance and salability.

Patricia Chaney, Realtor® Broker
Island Sotheby’s International Realty – Upcountry Office 808.572.8600
3628 Baldwin Avenue,  Makawao, HI  96768
Direct: 808.280.2625
patty@pattychaney.com


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