Unpleasant Surprises When Selling a Home

(October 20, 2016)

Putting your home up for sale seems like a fairly straight-forward process. Clean things up, throw up a fresh coat of paint, do some repairs, make the yard look pretty, and voila! Right? Sort of…but most people aren’t prepared for the unexpected tasks and other issues that come up when putting a house up for sale.

Clutter: this can be one of the biggest challenges in prepping your home to get it ready to sell. That doesn’t just mean put away 635996927475293144-hoarding-052416.jpgmagazines and keep the dishes loaded into the dishwasher. Excess furniture that makes rooms appear crowded should be removed, closets should be pared down of clothing, and personal photos and other effects put away. You may even find yourself having to rent a storage space to hold all of these items.

Cleaning: if you’ve lived in your home for a number of years, the built-up grime may be worse than you expect. People often forget about things like filthy stair railings and accumulated dirt underneath appliances. These things will take time (or money, if you hire a cleaner) to resolve.

Keeping it clean: while your home is being shown to prospective buyers, you will have to maintain its pristine condition. This can take a lot of time and effort, particularly if you have young children and/or pets.

Keep in mind that putting your house up for sale doesn’t end with putting a sign up in the yard. The work continues until the right buyer comes and along and the transaction is complete.


Topics: sell your home

Jennifer Shenbaum

Written by Jennifer Shenbaum

Jennifer Shenbaum is a real estate investor based in Southern California. She is a veteran of the housing market crash of 2007. Best of all, she offers free remodeling ideas to all who ask.

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