Thinking of Selling?
It’s never too early to start preparing your home for sale. There is often a number of questions about things around the house that should be done to maximize the return on your home investment.
We are happy to be hands on with our clients and we will talk about what needs to be done at your house specifically before selling, as well as things that aren’t as high priority. Below are a few things that can get you started on preparing your home for sale. All those things you’ve wanted to do to your home; painting, caulking, landscaping, cleaning the carpet, fixing the leaking faucet, clean windows and more. Now is the perfect time!
- Clear the clutter
Starting the process of de-cluttering can be one of the best things that prospective home sellers can do. Packing up photos or other rarely used items is a great beginning for the mental and physical aspect of moving. Box up any items that you haven’t used in the last 60 days and organize the rest of the items neatly on bookshelves, storage bins, closets or in the attic. Remember you will be packing this all up anyways, so just get started early.
- Improve your landscaping
Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home’s lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.
- Clean the outside
A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you’ve slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home’s siding. A fresh coat of paint on the front door is inviting, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, it will be sure to stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.
- Make repairs
In a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.
- Organize closets and drawers
I get that it is impossible to live in a “model home”, especially with kids, but do your best to organize closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn’t have enough storage space.
- Take color down a notch
You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
- Eliminate bad odors
Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.