It’s time to prepare your home to sell. So where do you begin?
It’s a good idea to take an objective look at your home to see what needs repaired or replaced. Your house will be scrutinized by potential buyers who won’t overlook smudges around the light switches, boxes stacked in the laundry room, or peeling paint on the back splash. A spruced-up home makes a good first impression, which is essential for getting buyers to investigate further. Ultimately, you want buyers to picture themselves living in your home. This means you will need to clear your home of all distractions, such as clutter and personal photos on the walls.
It’s not personal. It just helps would-be buyers to visualize the home as their own. Let us take you through the process.
Clear Out the Clutter in Every Room
Decluttering your home makes every room look larger and feel neater, and it gives the impression that it has been well cared for. If a house is cluttered, buyers have trouble imagining themselves in it.
Be sure every room smells as good as it looks, and pay special attention to pet areas, nurseries, and bathrooms. Fresh paint and a one-time professional cleaning service can make your home look like new!
If you have acquired too much stuff over the years, sell some, donate it to charity, or throw it away. If you can’t bear to part with it, store it out of sight. A good rule of thumb: When in doubt, throw it out.
Neutral paint, décor, and carpeting create a home for any lifestyle. Neutralizing also helps buyers see their own things in your house and visualize living there. Eliminating distracting colors and accessories lets the buyer concentrate on positive impressions.
Help buyers see themselves living in your home by removing personal items like photos and collections. You want the buyer to look at your home, not your possessions.
Closets and storage spaces are important considerations for home buyers. Store unused or out-of-season clothes so that your closet looks bigger and more organized.
Have your carpets cleaned professionally; if they are badly worn or stained, replace them. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your home.
Make All Necessary Repairs
Making repairs eliminates buyer objections before they arise. If you think something is too much trouble to fix, chances are the buyer will think so, too. Buyers tend to think repairs will cost more than they do. Don’t start any major renovations since it’s unlikely you will recoup the cost, but do repair leaky faucets, slow drains, torn screens, broken windows and any other minor issues.
Creating an excellent first impression of your home starts from the outside and can make or break a sale. If potential buyers don’t like what they see on the outside, chances are they won’t look any further, so make your home’s exterior look its best.
It is crucial that your home look its best during showings. Buyers take this time to tour your house in person and consider whether it is their next home. Make this aspect of home selling easier with a concrete plan for before, during and after each showing. Your hard work will likely pay off in the form of an offer.
Contact us to learn more about home staging and selling real estate in New Albany.