Prepping Your Home for Short Sale

Prepping for Short sale

If you’re facing the decision of potentially selling your house as a short sale, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the process. Though resources are likely tight, there are a variety of inexpensive ways to spruce up your property and get it sold. Check out the practical and economical tips below to get started.

  1. De-clutter
    Clutter gives the impression that house is small and cramped. Get rid of items you don’t need and store the rest as neatly and out-of-sight as possible. In the kitchen and bath especially it’s important to keep countertops clean and clutter-free.
  2. Deep clean
    You never know when there might be a showing, so it’s important to keep your space as clean as possible. Be mindful of areas that attract dirt and are often overlooked: baseboards, bottoms and backs of toilets, light switches, blinds, etc. Use a steamer or spot carpet cleaner to remove stains and odors.
  3. Yard Work
    An easy way to boost curb appeal is to keep the lawn mowed and trimmed. Trim away bushes and haul away limbs and leaves. New mulch makes a huge positive impression – plus it’s inexpensive and a little goes a long way.
  4. Make the fixes that you can
    If it’s a high-cost repair, skip it. Disclose it and look to other things you that you can change. Things like light switch and outlet covers or new hardware on the kitchen cabinets are relatively inexpensive and can make a big impact. Replace burned out light bulbs – you want your house to appear bright and cheery, so raise the shades and blinds and clean the windows.
  5. Paint
    You don’t have to paint the entire house, but if there are problem areas paint them. Almost anything can be painted and a fresh coat does wonders! You might even consider painting your front door – a warm, red door can help boost curb appeal.

Are you facing the possibility of listing your home as a short sale? Contact Metrowest. Our team of experienced pros are here to help.

Ken Blevins

About Ken Blevins

Ken Blevins, CEO of Metrowest Real Estate Services, is a veteran in mortgage and default servicing with more than 24 years of experience in collections, foreclosure/bankruptcy, loss mitigation and real estate disposition (REO). Blevins was an original co-founder of Metrowest in 2003, a Real Estate Brokerage and Services Company focused on the resale, recovery and liquidation of distressed real estate in Denver, Colorado and surrounding metros. Blevins assumed the role of CEO in January 2014 and provides strategic direction and has management accountability for the day-to-day operations. Under his direction, Blevins drives all default management operations to maximize asset value recovery and reduce loss severity through a strategy focused on customer service and state of the art technology. Blevins has 18 years of direct operational experience in all facets of REO Asset Management having managed large national REO Disposition contracts for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, CitiFinancial, GMAC Mortgage and other various financial institutions. Blevins specialties include REO asset management, real estate investment, bulk REO acquisitions and distressed asset recovery and liquidation, and he has directed the resolution and liquidation of over ten billion in institutionally-owned residential real estate.

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