Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
Follow these 11 tips to get your home in tip-top shape to sell faster and for more money!
1. Consider Your Curb Appeal
For better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. Make sure the first impression of your home entices the buyers to want to see more. By investing some effort in planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house can beckon them to come in.
2. Declutter Living Areas
Less is definitely more when it comes to getting your house ready to show. Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards — since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers. If the house is overflowing with stuff, they might worry that the house won’t have ample space for their own belongings. Take any excess and donate or pack it up for a storage. By taking care of this now, it’s one less chore you’ll have to do when it’s actually time to move!
3. Depersonalize Your Space
The next step on declutter list — you want to remove distractions so buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the property. This includes personal items and family photos, as well as bold artwork and furniture that might make your home less appealing to the general public. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which house hunters can project their own visions of living and loving the home. You don’t have to take everything down but be sure to limit the personal touches.
4. Repaint Walls to Neutral Tones
You might love that orange accent wall, but if it’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, that could be a huge turnoff. Neutral colors are a safe choice, not only because it’s rare that someone else hates it, but a lighter color also allows buyers to envision what the space would look like with the color of their choice. Great paint options include Alpaca and Urban Putty from Sherwin Williams.
5. Touch Up Any Scuff Marks
Even if you’re not doing a full-on repainting project, pay special attention to scrubbing and touching up baseboards, walls, and doors to make the house sparkle and look well cared-for.
6. Fix Any Loose Handles
A small thing, sure, but you’d be surprised by the negative effect a loose handle or missing lightbulb can have on a buyer. It can make them stop and think, “What else is broken here?"
7. Add Some Plants
Green is good! Plants create a more welcoming environment. You might also want to consider a bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or dining table.
8. Conduct a Smell Test
Foul odors, even slight ones, can be a deal breaker, and the problem is that you might not even notice them. We recommend inviting an unbiased third party in to try to detect any pet smells or lingering odors from your kitchen. If the smells are pervasive, you might need to do some deep cleaning. Many buyers can easily discern your “masking techniques” such as candles or plug-in room deodorizers.
9. Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
You want your property to look spotless. Take special care with kitchen and bathrooms, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors, and any appliances shine.
10. Hide Valuables
From art to jewelry, make sure that your treasures are out of sight, either locked up or stored offsite. It’s always best to store valuables in a safe place.
11. Consider Staging
Nothing invigorates a house like some new furnishings, or even just a perfectly chosen accent. The key is getting your home staged by a professional. Home stagers, along with your agent, will evaluate everything all of the space and any belongings in your house to determine what elements might raise the bar. They might recommend you buy or rent some items, or they might just reorganize your knickknacks and bookshelves in a whole new way. Need help finding a professional stager? Contact Us today for our recommendations!