You’re ready to sell your home. It’s exciting, but it can also be a bit stressful with showings and open houses. How do you prepare? Here are a few tips to help you get ready to sell your home:
- Stand back. First, try to stand back and take an objective look at your home. It could help to take photos in each room, then try to look at it like a buyer and tackle the things you see as ‘problem areas’ first. For another view, ask you real estate professional.
- De-Clutter and de-personalize. You love your stuff, but a buyer may focus more on your collections and decor than the rooms and space. Give them a blank canvas to imagine it as their home.
- Clean up the exterior. An exterior is the first impression and if your home appears clean and well maintained from the outside, the buyer will tend to believe it is the same on the inside.
- Look at curb appeal. Buy a new welcome mat or repaint the front door.
- Do a deep clean. This will help you out in the long run. It will cut down on the time it takes to get ready for a showing or open house and can eliminate odors.
- Make rooms look bigger. Less furniture and rearranging furniture can make a big difference in making a room appear larger. Put the furniture and other personal or large items in storage.
- Organize closets. Potential buyers look in closets. It’s a fact. Having an organized closet will make the space look larger and more appealing to potential buyers.
- Removes odors. A buyer evaluates your home not only with their eyes, but also their nose. Overpowering odors like smoke, pets or mildew can immediately turn off a potential buyer.
- Keep it tidy. Keep counters, tables and other surfaces clean and you’ll be ahead of the game when your REALTOR calls to show your home.
- Make repairs or repaint. When you took an objective look at your home, did you find some issues that needed repair? Tackle those projects to help your home sell quicker.
The greatest resource you have in prepping to sell your home is your real estate agent. Talk to them, they will give the best recommendations. They are your local market resource and will be able to really tell you what it takes to sell your home.