Keep these ideas in mind when preparing your Silicon Valley home for sale so you can sell your home quickly and get the best possible price.The calendar may say it's only January, but before you know it, it will be spring.  That is prime sale time for Silicon Valley real estate.  Families want to be ready to move when school lets out.  The nicer weather gets more Buyers out looking for their next home.  Follow the steps listed below when preparing your Silicon Valley home for sale.  Some steps take little time, money or effort but could make a huge difference on what price Buyers will pay.

Preparing Your Silicon Valley Home for Sale

Curb Appeal is King

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Curb appeal can make or break a Silicon Valley home sale.  Why?  First impressions last.  If a Buyer doesn't like what they see when they pull up, they may not think it's worth the effort to go inside to check out the rest of the home.  When preparing your Silicon Valley home for sale, place some emphasis on these key areas:

Entryway - Is your door looking a little shabby?  Paint it.  Replace the hardware.  Add a decorative door knocker.  Invite potential Buyers in with a brand new welcome mat.  Potted plants and a beautiful water feature create warmth, beauty and a sense of calm.

Landscaping - When preparing your Silicon Valley home for sale, keep your lawn and shrubbery trimmed.  Get rid of lawn ornaments.  Pull weeds.  For a beautiful pop of color, plant some flowers.  Some drought-resistant plants also bloom beautifully while using little to no water.  Talk to your local nursery to see what is native to the area.

Lighting - Check to make sure all lights work properly.  Replace any broken or worn out bulbs.  Spend a little extra to replace the light fixtures themselves.  This can give your Silicon Valley home a fresh new look.

Keep it Clean - Does your home look a bit worse for wear?  You might not need to paint the entire house.  It could just need a good power washing.  While you're at it, power wash the sidewalks and driveway to remove mossy buildup, grease or other grime.  Use some elbow grease to make your windows sparkle.  Clean Out the Garage.  You may need to pack up non-essential items to keep in a storage unit until your home sells.

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Repair/Replace - When preparing your Silicon Valley home for sale, take a walk around your property.  Look for loose doorknobs, handles or drawer pulls.  Oil squeaky doors.  Fix anything that appears broken.  When Buyers see that small issues haven't been addressed, they wonder what other problems lurk within your walls.  That could not only decrease the amount they are willing to pay but could also stop them from buying your home altogether.

Declutter/Stage Your Home - Get out the moving boxes.  You're going to have to pack when you move anyway.  You may as well get a jump on it.  Clean Out cupboards, pantries, and closets of anything you don't use on a regular basis.  This helps highlight how much space you have.  Then, give each room in your home a purpose.  Clear out over-sized furniture, knick-knacks, extra books and personal photos.  Less is more.  Large pieces can go into your storage unit.

Again...Clean! - Finally, when preparing your Silicon Valley home for sale, cleanliness will help you sell.  Kitchen and bathroom counters should be cleared off.  Deep clean carpets and upholstery, especially if you have smokers or pets in the house.  Wash the walls.  Open up your drapes, blinds or other window treatments to let in as much natural light shine through as possible.

Keep these ideas handy when preparing your Silicon Valley home for sale.  Make sure you put your home's best foot forward.  That will help you sell your home quickly and at the best possible price.  When you're ready to put it on the market, Contact Me.  I'm ready to help.

Tom Stynes, StynesGroup Real Estate Services, your source for Silicon Valley Real Estate