30 Apr Preparing Your Home For Sale
Living in your home and preparing it for sale are two entirely different things. A great deal of the marketing success for your home will depend upon you and what you do to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers. Homes in pristine, move-in condition always command higher prices than those that appear to need work.
Here are some helpful tips on how to “stage” your home for a faster, top-dollar sale.
- Remove The Clutter
This is likely the best recommendation when listing a home. Go through your home with a critical eye and put away everything that is sitting around in plain sight. This often means putting away small kitchen appliances, the kids’ toys, and other items that cause visual distraction. If your home and garage are crammed with too much “stuff”, you may even want to consider renting a storage unit and moving your excess possessions out of your home. Doing so will provide a more pleasant visual experience for prospective buyers.
- Scrub and Clean
Look at your home, inside and out, with a critical eye toward dirty windows, fingerprints and smudges around light switches, dirt in window frames, baseboards, cobwebs, etc. Identify those areas needing attention and get to cleaning! It’s also a great idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned if they need it.
- Eliminate Pet Odors, if needed
That doesn’t mean getting rid of your four-legged companion, but do whatever you must to avoid turning off buyers who aren’t fond of your pet smells. This often means a deeper cleaning to rid the furniture, bedding and carpet of pet dander, as well as a special treatment when having the carpets cleaned. Be aware that sometimes a high temperature, professional carpet cleaning can actually raise hidden odors from your carpets.
- Paint Touch-Up
Most homes, unless they are almost new, can benefit from paint touch-up around the doors, windows, and other trim areas. Small nicks and smudges in the paint can come across as looking dirty or unkempt. If you’re able, painting the trim in a bright white tends to be more visually pleasing and tells the subconscious that the surface is cleaner than other colors.
- What About the Front Door?
The old saying “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” must have been coined for front doors! A little paint on the exterior often goes a long way toward making a home more appealing. This also means the outside trim, but most importantly, the front door and surrounding area. Your prospective buyers will likely stand there for a few moments, waiting to be let in, and will notice chips in the paint, cobwebs, and any other unsightly additions that may have been overlooked.
- Be Prepared For Showings
Unfortunately, showings can happen at a moment’s notice. Therefore, your home should be kept in showing condition at all times. This means beds should be made, clothes hung in the closet, landscaping kept trimmed, pristine bathrooms, etc. While it’s understandable that we all must live in our homes, it will do you very well to consider the outsider’s perspective.
Be sure to talk to your Capital Group Agent for more selling and staging tips!