When it’s time to sell your home, there are so many factors to consider that it might seem daunting and overwhelming. But preparing a home for sale doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Instead, it can be exciting and even fun. Here’s how to get your home in sale shape:
1) Notice the Details
It’s normal to expect potential buyers to ask specific questions about the property. However, there are times when you could be put on the spot, not knowing the answer. Avoid embarrassing situations by keeping detailed notes about your home, including the age of additions and upgrades, maintenance records, and more.
It’s also a good idea to do your own walk-through of the home before potential buyers arrive. Looking at things with a “buyer’s eye,” notice minor repairs that need to be made and damage that must be addressed. During this process, you should check lights, turn knobs, open windows, and ensure that everything is working properly.
Top home sale improvement projects include:
- sprucing up gardens and landscaping
- cleaning and repairing roofs and exterior surfaces (such as siding)
- deep-cleaning floors (including carpets, tile, and hardwood)
- repairing and painting doors, windows, and shutters
- washing walls and painting them neutral colors
- lighting upgrades
Paying attention to these details avoids the uncomfortable scenario where someone might turn a small flaw into a reason to pass on the purchase.
2) Foster Curb Appeal
If potential home buyers aren’t impressed with your home’s exterior, it’s unlikely they’ll want to see the interior. That’s why you should scrutinize the appearance of landscaping and entryways (including the garage), as well as details such as clutter, cleanliness, color, and more.
During this process, it’s also wise to de-personalize as much as possible. Potential buyers want to envision themselves in the home, and highly-personal objects and mementos can cloud that capability.
As an extension of de-personalizing, consider renting a storage unit to store your non-essential items. While packing items into a closet to clear a room may sound like a quick way to clear up space, potential buyers will inspect storage options (including closets, garage, and other areas), and could be put off if they find a package access area.
3) Consider Staging
While curb appeal deals with the outside of the property, staging is all about creating a welcoming and comforting interior experience. Some homeowners even go so far as to have friends or paid actors behave as if they live in the home. This can provide potential buyers with a vision of how life might be like for them, were they to purchase the property.
It’s a good idea to hire a professional home staging specialist and also a photographer. Most listings include photos, and you’ll want to ensure the home is being presented in the best light possible.
by John Eckherd
Residential Life Magazine