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I’m Looking To Sell: Should I Remodel My Redlands CA Home First?

When you’ve decided to sell your Redlands house, it’s time to take a good, long look at everything. You’ve seen this place as home; now it’s time to help someone else do the same.

Depending on how long you’ve owned your home, you may be tempted to remodel it before listing it for sale. But is that always the right choice?

Focus on Repairs

Before you think about remodeling, think about repairing. Any of your home’s systems that are older or in need of repair are probably going to come up during the sales process anyway.

When you focus on repairs, you’re also helping to reduce the risk of issues on your home’s inspection report. That means a faster deal and a happier buyer. Some of the repairs that must be made before listing your home for sale are:

Leaks and stains

Damaged windows

Missing or torn window screens


Peeling paint

Broken and dripping faucets

Keep Changes Small and Cosmetic

If you don’t have a completely damaged cabinet system in your kitchen, you don’t need to spend money on replacing all of it. Change cabinet doors, and focus on other cosmetic improvements like new paint, lighting fixtures, and update any outdated appliances. Any money that you put into renovations should be recoupable in the sales price.

Your exterior is equally important, and so cosmetic changes can add a significant effect. Replacing your front door and painting it with a pop of color will make a big impact on your home’s value, with little investment. Make sure landscaping, driveways, and garage doors look inviting.

Don’t Get Personal

If you’re updating your home for sale, you don’t want to put your personal style in it. It should be neutral enough that buyers can see themselves in it, allowing them to imagine it in their own style. Don’t spend money on changes that could potentially turn buyers away.


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How To Avoid Problems Selling Your Redlands Home From The Start

When you’re having trouble selling your luxury home, it can be easy to blame everyone else. Your listing agent isn’t working hard enough, your neighbors are distracting buyers, and on and on.

But it’s more likely that the culprit is you.

As a homeowner, you’re the most invested in the sales process; you’re the one who will be walking out with a big check at the end, so you’re equally responsible when it comes to problems with your sale.

However, when you start being proactively involved with your Redlands luxury home sale, you’ll reduce the likelihood of problems that block your transaction. And when you start early on in the sale process, everyone will have a smoother time from start to finish.

Have Your Home Inspected

Your home was probably inspected before you bought it, and will be again when you sell it, but a lot can happen in between. The earlier you have a pre-sales home inspection, the earlier you’ll find out about any problems that could slow down, or even cancel, the sale. Not to mention, you’ll have more leverage at the bargaining table because you already know the documented condition of your home.

Check Your Home’s Title

It’s likely that your home’s title was checked when you bought it, but based on the type of sale and financing, it may not have. Problems with the home title can stop your sale in its tracks.

The title traces the home’s previous ownership and any issues, such as liens and debts, that may give someone else a claim to part or all of the property. For example, if the last homeowner had a divorce early on in their ownership, the divorcee may still be listed on the title — and must be found to relinquish any claim. Even an easy title issue can extend your wait for the closing table.


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How Long Does It Take To Sell A Luxury Home?

Every home seller asks themselves this question at some point: how long will it take my luxury home to sell?

And while market data and trends can help give an estimated range of how long it will take for your Redlands home to sell, the truth is, every home sale is different.

There are, however, some factors that will impact the length of time until closing — addressing them will end in a faster deal.

The Right Pricing

For the most part, it takes longer to sell a luxury home than it does lower-priced ones, which makes sense given the higher prices involved. But when your property is correctly priced from day one, you’ll see more real action in those critical early days.

You must have a real estate agent well-versed in the local market. They are the ones who can advise you on trends and comps that ensure your home is appropriately valued, and competitive on the market.

The Right Marketing

You probably wouldn’t give a multi-million dollar listing to a recent graduate that is new to the area; it is experience with the local market that is a luxury agent’s biggest asset. Again, working with someone who knows the area is a must, as they will know how to reach local buyers where they are.

The Right Photography

An experienced luxury real estate agent will know a photographer that shoots client’s homes in an ideal way for marketing. But if you sabotage that photoshoot by leaving a mess or too much clutter, you’re not going to make the sale move along any faster.

The Right Access

Do you want to do private showings of your luxury home, or are you willing to have open houses? Most luxury homeowners choose the former as homes are too big or too filled with expensive goods requiring security needs that might not be worth it. You may also find a good compromise when your broker holds their own, more private open house.