The process of selling your home in Livermore, CA will be impacted by the draws the town has for new residents. Luckily for you, Livermore, CA is a great place to live. Its centralized location makes it an ideal area for commuters and business owners. In addition, people are drawn to the area because of its rich history and award-winning wineries. But, just because people are being drawn to Livermore, it does not mean that your home will simply sell itself. You still have to be intentional about what you do during the selling process in order to make everything go as smoothly and quickly as possible. To help you know exactly what to focus your efforts on, we have compiled a list of the top four things you need to know to get your home in Livermore sold.

Less is more

You may love, and proudly display, your collection of hand-carved wooden waterfowl decoys around your house. You probably get questions and comments about your extensive collection each time someone visits your home for the first time. These pieces of folk art may be an enjoyable topic of conversation between you and your guests, but they could end up being a distraction to potential buyers. Take an honest look around your house to determine if there are items that you can pack up during the sales process. You want potential buyers to give their attention to the house and not to the items inside the house. In fact, it is important that they are able to imagine their own things in the space. If you are unsure about whether you need to pack up a certain item, just remember, less is more.

Smells are powerful

While you have your home on the market, you need to pay close attention to how it smells. Nothing sends potential buyers running faster than a strong and/or bad odor in a house. Before they lay eyes on anything in your house, a bad odor can reach the noses of your potential buyers and create a negative first impression. Start by removing or preventing bad smells in your home. Do not let the garbage or dishes pile up right before you have a showing. The same goes for dirty laundry. In addition, if you know you have a showing the next day it is a good idea to skip making food with strong smells, such as fish or fried food. Deodorize the carpet, curtains, and furniture in your house as well as you can and try to keep the way it smell neutral so it appeals to the largest demographic of potential buyers.

Messes are distracting

Potential buyers generally understand if your home is not absolutely spotless during a showing. But, most cannot help but be distracted by big messes. For example, a messy kitchen or bathroom is a surefire way to distract potential buyers away from the important elements of your home. Do your best to keep your home tidy for the times when you have a showing. This will reduce the distractions for potential buyers and allow them to really see what your home has to offer.

Realtors are worth it

When you sell your home using a realtor, you will pay a commission. Sometimes the thought of paying a commission deters people from using a realtor to sell their home. But, the money you spend on commissions is worth it because of the benefits you get from using a realtor. When you use a realtor to list your home, they market your home through several channels. These include channels that buyer’s agents and potential buyers search in order to find properties. In addition, your realtor will represent you in negotiations and help you with the paperwork and other technicalities of getting your home sold. A high quality realtor will reduce the stress you experience during the selling process and keep you from making mistakes that are due to not fully understanding the process.

None of the home selling tips mentioned above are particularly difficult to implement. But, each one of them can have a significant impact on how quickly you get your home in Livermore sold.

Jameel Batshon, Broker/Co-Founder of Century 21 Cornerstone Realtors has 15 Years of Real Estate Experience with a background in Lending that started in 2002 at Household Finance Company. Jameel was Born in San Francisco, Ca and moved to the East Bay at a young age. Jameel has been a licensed Realtor since 2004.