You’ve decided to sell your home. Here are 5 tips to prepare your home for sale and showcase it in the best possible light to negotiate top dollar.
- Declutter – I know this is a daunting task but when selling your home, less really is more…and when I say LESS, I mean LESS STUFF. Start with something manageable like closets, and drawers, then work your way up to bigger projects. Donate or sell items you no longer need or use, and consider renting a storage unit if there are things you just can’t part with.
- Depersonalize – Once you decide to sell your house, you have to start thinking of it as a marketable item. You want potential buyers to be able to see the home in an objective light, where they can begin to picture “their things”. Store family photos, graduate diplomas from walls, trophies and other nik-naks from around the house. Remember, you will be able to display all these items in your NEW home.
- Deep Clean – Make your house sparkle from top to bottom. Hire someone to help you if you feel overwhelmed. Trust me, it’s money well spent! Clean the oven, scrub the grout, dust the baseboards, re-caulk the tub, leave no corner uncleaned. This could be worth thousands of dollars. If walls look beat up, repaint or at the very least wash the walls and do touch ups. I’ve sold a lot of homes and the ones that sell quickest, and fastest, for top dollar LOOK like they have been well maintained. This is what we call MOVE IN READY!
- Keep it Tidy – I know you have to live in the house while it’s for sale, but get in the habit of keeping it show ready. It will take a little bit more effort but will save you a lot of time and stress when a Realtor® wants to show it. By keeping it show ready you may also be able to allow short notice showings. Remember, the more buyers through your home, the better. If you have pets, it’s best to take them with you when there is a showing. Remove any “pet evidence” such as food dishes, cat litter, etc. These can be turn offs to potential buyers.
- Do the maintenance – Now is a good time to do those minor (or even major) repairs you have been putting off. If applicable, have the furnace cleaned, change air-filters, clean gutters, weed the flower beds, keep the lawn mowed, or driveway and walkway clear of snow, etc. Once again, buyers feel good about buying a home that has been well cared for.