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Tom & Karen Gotcher
Metro First Realty

3232 W Britton Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Phone: 405-409-0073
Email: Gotcherhomes@att.net

7 Ways to Make Your Home Move-In Ready!



Ever heard the phrase, “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” When it comes to selling your home and boosting curb appeal to the widest range of buyers, the distance you need to think about is far less than a mile: from your front curb to your back fence. The moment you even begin to think of putting your home up for sale is the time to start thinking like a buyer.

Why?

Because thinking like a buyer will help you make your home move-in ready for just the right buyer (or maybe even a bevy of bidding buyers). The less they think they have to change, the shorter the distance will be between the viewing, their offer, and the day you say, “Sold.”

  1. Host a pre-listing party. Invite a few (and I mean a few) trusted friends over for an inventory. Make some cocktails and go from room to room in your home asking what they would either (A) change if they were to buy your house, or (B) see as a red flag if they were a potential buyer. This can give you an extra set of non-real-estate-influenced eyes on your home and help you create a solid list of potential improvements to discuss with your Realtor before you list.
     
  2. Consult with a great agent. Now that you have your friends’ opinions, run them by an expert.  See which problems you should address before listing and which fixes won’t be of financial benefit.  If you don’t have an agent yet, ask for referrals from friends and family! 
     
  3. De-clutter. Closets get full. Extra pieces of furniture get crammed into corners. Bookshelves overflow with odds and ends. Help the potential buyers see your actual home and not the stuff in your home by moving out the extras. Every closet in your home should show off the entirely of the storage space. Over full will tend to make the buyer think "too small"  Every room of your home should scream “possibilities” instead of “I can’t fit one more thing in here.” Try renting a portable storage unit that can be delivered to your home. This way, you can box up extras, and they’ll be ready to be delivered to your next dream home. In the meantime, you’ll be making room for someone else’s dreams.
     
  4. Clean out the garage. The future owners of your home want to know that their cars can fit into the garage. While it might seem harsh (and everyone you know uses the garage for storage), no one wants to see the garage filled to the brim with bike parts, boxes, and haphazard clutter. Remember that portable storage unit? Move it on out and make some room for folks to imagine parking their dream car on the left hand side.
     
  5. Think neutral. It’s hard for potential buyers to see themselves in a home that
    has you written all over it. This goes for brightly painted walls, wall murals, and wallpaper trim. Since your home is soon to not be your home anymore, consider taking any brightly or bold-colored walls or those areas with specialty wallpaper or mural trim back to neutral. A simple beige satin wall paint with a semi-gloss white or off-white pain trim can do wonders for giving potential buyers the “blank canvas” feeling. You want future owners to be dreaming of picking out paint — not how to get rid of not-right-for-them color decisions.
     
  6. Grout, tile, and natural stone restoration. Have your bathrooms and kitchen counters lost their luster? You might want to look into having them refreshed (and it’s much less expensive than having them redone). Check sites like Angie’s List for contractors in your area offering deals for natural stone, tile, and grout restoration. For not a lot of money, you can kick up the shine on your tiling and counters and get that long-neglected grout back to clean. That “exploding pizza” incident in your kitchen and that red hair dye on your white bathroom grout could be history in an afternoon — and on a dime.
     
  7. Make those hardwood floors spiffy. Send the kids off to the park and the pets off to doggie daycare for the day, and get those floors gleaming. Wash all surfaces with a simple mild, soapy water first (avoid Murphy’s Oil Soap — it leaves a residue). Next, use a hardwood floor polish like Bona or a product like Rejuvenate to bring the beauty back — and all for under $40-$50 for the average sized home. Be sure to use the cleaners recommended by each product to prevent buildup and to keep the shine going through your whole listing. There’s nothing that can kill a deal like your perfect buyer thinking that they have to refinish a few thousand square feet of hardwood. Help them see hope, not hardwood-related dollar signs. A trip to your local home improvement store can yield some recommendations for your specific types of floors and the desired sheen you want to achieve.

TESTIMONIALS

Tom Rocks! Enough said! Raushaun & Erin Johnson, Yukon, OK
Tom has helped us through the years on several purchases. We highly recommend him to everyone! Tom & Ronda Scott
Tom and Karen helped my husband and I to find our dream house! We only had to look at about 5 houses before we found the one we wanted. They made the process quick, easy and painless. We love them and will use them again if we ever decide to move. Unfortunately for them they may have done too good of a job because we love our house so much I can't see us ever wanting to move, but we will see! Louie & Brittany Olson Yukon, OK
Tom was great! He took his time showing us houses. He let us know if something was wrong with the house. I would recommend him to friends. David St Clair Bethany, OK David St Clair Bethany, OK
Excellent! Love, Love, Love him! So easy to work with and got all the details done quickly! Joy Osterman
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CLOSED LISTINGS


66 Results Price (high to low)
$450,000 Sold
915 E 33rd St
Edmond, OK 73013
Commercial: Church

4,000 sq ft; lot: 1.25 acres
Sold for $450,000 on May 27, 2014
19
Sold Listing
$332,000 Sold
4000 S Czech Hall Road
Yukon, OK 73099
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,168 sq ft; lot: 5.01 acres
Sold for $332,000 on Nov 4, 2016
10
Sold Listing
$325,000 Sold
3010 Ewing Ln
El Reno, OK 73036
3 beds, 2 full, 2 partial baths | Single Family Home
3,275 sq ft; lot: 6 acres
Sold for $325,000 on Apr 16, 2015
22
Sold Listing
$306,500 Sold
9225 NW 81st Street
Yukon, OK 73099
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,340 sq ft
Sold for $306,500 on Oct 31, 2016
32
Sold Listing
$297,000 Sold
1607 Bayside Drive
Tuttle, OK 73089
3 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,527 sq ft; lot: 0.73 acres
Sold for $297,000 on May 20, 2016
31
Sold Listing
$279,900 Sold
3233 SW 111th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,638 sq ft; lot: 11326 sq ft
Sold for $279,900 on Aug 31, 2016
26
Sold Listing
$250,000 Sold
1616 E State Highway 152
Mustang, OK 73064
Commercial: Retail Freestanding

2,050 sq ft; lot: 0.557 acres
Sold for $250,000 on Oct 16, 2017
31
Sold Listing
$267,000 Sold
9112 NW 85th Street
Yukon, OK 73099
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
2,255 sq ft
Sold for $267,000 on Feb 25, 2016
31
Sold Listing
$249,900 Sold
11519 Country Lane
Oklahoma City, OK 73130
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,748 sq ft; lot: 0.62 acres
Sold for $249,900 on May 18, 2016
24
Sold Listing
$249,000 Sold
9020 NW 84th Street
Yukon, OK 73099
4 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,156 sq ft
Sold for $249,000 on Oct 22, 2015
$247,000 Sold
941 Regal Rd
Yukon, OK 73099
3 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,110 sq ft; lot: 9583 sq ft
Sold for $247,000 on Nov 19, 2013
13
Sold Listing
$225,000 Sold
3516 Galatian Way
Yukon, OK 73099
2 units | Multi Family Home
Sold for $225,000 on Aug 25, 2017
14
Sold Listing
$225,000 Sold
3512 Galatian Way
Yukon, OK 73099
2 units | Multi Family Home
Sold for $225,000 on Aug 25, 2017
14
Sold Listing
$225,000 Sold
3508 Galatian Way
Yukon, OK 73099
2 units | Multi Family Home
Sold for $225,000 on Aug 25, 2017
$229,900 Sold
9705 E 33rd St
Edmond, OK 73049
lot: 12.33 acres | Residential Lots and Land
Sold for $229,900 on May 21, 2014
$228,400 Sold
436 Sage Brush Rd
Yukon, OK 73099
4 beds, 2 baths | Residential
2,406 sq ft; lot: 15682 sq ft
Sold for $228,400 on May 14, 2014
10
Sold Listing
$219,900 Sold
3800 St Augustine
Mustang, OK 73064
5 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
2,337 sq ft; lot: 1 acre
Sold for $219,900 on Apr 26, 2013
31
Sold Listing
$213,000 Sold
14701 S Hiwassee Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73165
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,791 sq ft; lot: 5.03 acres
Sold for $213,000 on May 25, 2016
$200,000 Sold
15409 Cyndelyn Drive
Piedmont, OK 73078
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,670 sq ft; lot: 1 acre
Sold for $200,000 on Jun 30, 2016
10
Sold Listing
$197,000 Sold
10404 Cheshire Ct
Yukon, OK 73099
4 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,013 sq ft; lot: 10454 sq ft
Sold for $197,000 on Aug 23, 2013
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