Getting your home ready to sell can be stressful to say the least. You want your property to sell fast & at top dollar (don’t we all). Here are some simple steps to get you home ready to impress potential buyers, and get those offers flooding in.
Declutter Your Space: This is an extremely important step towards sparking the interest of potential buyers. No one wants to walk into a cluttered house and try to imagine what it would look like without those bulky boxes collecting dust in the corner. This is the time to sort through all your belongings and be realistic with yourself on what needs to go. If you haven’t used it in a year or two, it is likely you don’t even remember it exists, so do you really need it? Probably not. Potential buyers are going to come through your house and go through every closet, cabinet, and door that exists, so shoving it in the guest room closet isn’t your solution anymore (they will look there too!). It’s time to let go of those items that are taking up valuable space in your home. Trust me you will feel a weight lifted off your shoulders after you get rid of a few things or even better, donate them to charity. In this case less is more, the less clutter the more neat & tidy your house will look.
Clean, Clean, Clean!: A CLEAN house is essential if you are trying to make a good impression. I cannot express this enough. No one likes a dirty house, and no wants to buy a house they perceive as dirty & smelly. It is similar to buying a used car, you don’t mind that you aren’t first one to own it as long as it feels like you are. It’s time to break out the mop, vacuum, Swiffer and go to town. You want this baby to sparkle & shine. Clean the obvious places like the floors, windows, bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas. You also want to make sure to have a clean kitchen, this includes cleaning your appliances. Remember, your buyers are looking at and in EVERYTHING. That being said, it is time to clean out your microwave, oven, and fridge. Make sure everything is clean and smelling good. I promise that a clean house is imperative to selling your home.
Fixer up: I’m not saying do a complete update on your house right before you are about to sell it, but if there are obvious holes that need to be patched, than it is to your best interest to take the time and fill them. If the paint in your bedroom is flaking, breakout the can and add a fresh coat of paint. This might sound silly considering you are making repairs to a house you are about to leave, but it can really make a huge difference in getting top dollar for you home.
Staging: Staging your home for potential buyers can make a big difference in creating buyer appeal. Staging makes the property come to life and is a great way to create a visualization of their life in this home. Depersonalize your home. You want to take down any personal pictures, the last thing people want is to look at photos of your friends and family while they are trying to visualize their life in this home. You want to make everything look clean, clear, and put together. The goal is to make the space look pretty, not personal.
Presentation is key: Lastly, once you’ve decluttered, clean, repaired, and staged you home, it is time to make sure each and every room in the house looks presentable. You want to show off you home in the very best way possible. Make sure all the beds are made, fix the pillows and couch cushions, and fix the curtains. Turn all the lights on and open the blinds, this makes each space look inviting and appealing to those coming through. Make sure your house is clean and tidy and make sure it smells good. Light a few candles or use some wall plug in to make the spaces smell great. Make the first impression a lasting one!
Putting your house up on the market can be stressful, but if you follow these easy steps it can make a huge difference in getting you the offer you are wanting & quickly.