I own a home in the silicon valley. It's estimated value is ridiculous. We are considering selling and moving out, but only if we get the price we want. So we'd like to list and see if we can get that price but there is a ton of clutter in the house and kids stuff everywhere (we have two young ones). We are also home quite often. I'd like some advice on how to approach this given those set of circumstances. How important is it to straighten up the clutter and to what degree do you need to do so? Aside from the clutter we just have a lot of "stuff" in the house---pics on the wall, etc. Maybe it's standard these days to have these things. I don't know? Most buyers in this area are Indian or Chinese for whatever that's worth. I'd love some tips.
Thanks Bigtoe. Any idea how to go about getting an honest termite inspection? Are there companies that only do inspections (they aren't involved with fumigating), for a flat fee? That would be nice since they wouldn't have any incentive to lie and say "house must be tented ASAP".
Any time I have a property done with a termite inspection, I show up to meet the inspector so if he claims there are or used to be termites, he has to show me (although they do put it on their report). Even if there are no 'live' termites found, if there are prior tunnels and other signs, mortgage lenders will insist on treatment. To get an inspection is only about $40 in Wash., D.C. area.
If you set on your selling price I definitely recommend packing away anything you don't need and putting it in storage. It's also a good idea to put away the more personal items like family pictures. You can look up some ideas online for staging your home and helping it sell quickly-which usually means more money for you.
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