So you’ve decided to sell your home. It could be that you’re looking to upgrade to a larger space or you’re finally retiring on the waterfront in Florida. Whatever the reason, you need a plan. In preparation for that, here are five easy steps to take before putting your home up for sale.
The first step in preparing to sell your home is to put together all of the paperwork. And no, I’m not referring to the listing agreement. I’m referring to the operating manuals for appliances, past utility bills, warranties, etc. This information will not only make you look highly prepared but it will also make your buyer feel confident in their choice to purchase your home.
Next up, renovations! No one wants to spend money on a home they plan on selling. However, many buyers aren’t looking for a fixer upper. Now is the time to take care of some overdue repairs. If your furnace needs to be repaired, get an estimate. If your faucet is leaking, hire a plumber. The fewer repairs that are needed to your home may help increase the final purchase price.
Third step, spring cleaning! Or summer. Or fall. Or winter. Whenever you choose to sell your home, it’s always important to keep it clean. On top of overall cleaning such as mopping, vacuuming, disinfecting, it’s important to declutter as well. The most convenient way to declutter would be to store extra belongings in an attic or basement. But if you don’t have enough space, get a storage unit or donate. Storing away extra furniture and belongings will make your home appear more open and spacious.
Once you’ve made your repairs and decluttered, it’s time to turn your home into a blank canvas. A home well lived in becomes an expression of you. However, buyers have a hard time looking past decorative wallpaper and brightly colored paint to envision themselves and their belongings in the home. To allow buyers the opportunity to realize your home’s true potential, give your house a “makeunder”. This includes removing old wallpaper, painting the walls a neutral color and limiting decorations. Leave the creativity up to the buyer’s imagination.
Lastly, find accommodations for your pets during open houses or showings before officially putting your home up for sale. It will save you a lot of stress if you already have a plan in mind.
Buying and selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make, so take these tips into consideration and contact your real estate agent for local, personalized advice on the market and ways to prepare your home to sell.