The better your home looks, the more showings and offers it’ll get. Getting your home ready to sell is a lot of work, but the more time you invest in it, the better it’ll be in the long run. Luckily, we’ve provided you with 8 key tips for getting your home ready to sell, and here they are!
If there’s anything wrong in or outside of the house that requires repairs, identify them and make a plan to fix it up. It could be small repairs like finally getting the hose off of the house that has been corroded, or fixing up the scratches on a banister.
However, don’t only look for small repairs – you need to be prepared for fixing outdoor steps, repairing the deck, patching up any damage to the walls, and fixing your broken garbage disposal.
If potential homebuyers see a lot of damage that needs to be repaired, chances are they are going to try to lower the price. Instead, fix it all up and set your price a bit higher! If your home is move-in ready, chances are the buyers will pay full price.
Our homes are very personalized, as they should be. However, when it comes to selling your home, you’re going to want to try to depersonalize it so the home buyers can picture their own style coming to life in their minds. We’re sure your son’s Marvel-themed room is cool, but if a buyer wanted to make that room into a home office, they’re not going to be able to truly visualize how to create that if Ironman is coming at them.
Paint is one of the most important elements of getting your home ready for selling. If your daughter’s room is bright pink, it’s time to tone that down with a neutral color. The more neutral colors, the better. Again, because people are so visually driven, it would be hard to like a room that is bright pink if that’s not their style. If you choose to go with different colors, just remember – it may appeal to some buyers, but not the majority. Keep things neutral and let them decide what they want when they move in!
Make it Feel Home-y
Your home is your stage and you’re the stage director. You want to set it up to look and feel home-y for when the buyers come in. You can be cliche and bake cookies that morning, or simply light some candles, make sure the rugs are clean and positioned well, keep the nice lighting on, and open the blinds for natural lighting.
The more home-y your home feels and looks, the more offers you’re going to get! No one likes an uncomfortable home!
Keep it Clean
If you’re currently living in the home you’re trying to sell, it’s important to keep it super clean and consistent. You never know when a realtor is going to call you asking for a showing, so if your home is always tidy, you won’t have much prepping to worry about. Wipe down counters and tables daily, light candles and spray aerosol room sprays, and make sure it’s always vacuumed.
Consistency is KEY!
Point Out the Highlights
If your home has key elements that you’d want the potential buyer to know about, point that out! Whether you listed it yourself or you’re working with a realtor, it’s important to mention on the listing all of the highlights of your home.
For example, if your home has a nice deck, wrap-around porch, large crawl space for storage, big backyard, a pool, or even the fact that your neighborhood is a part of a neighborhood watch community, making it safe as can be! There are many highlights to every home and it’s important to point them all out.
Create a Checklist
Finally, you can create a checklist to always stay on track. This list should be completed before you leave your home for a showing, or before buyers arrive. A good example of a checklist is:
- Spot check rooms for clutter or dirt
- Vacuum or sweep
- Wipe down sinks/faucets
- Empty the trash
- Secure your valuables
- Put away dishes
- Sweep your outdoor living areas
- Open up curtains and shades
- Turn on the lights
Now you’re ready to prepare your home to sell! Use this blog and checklist to help yourself out when starting and going through this process. It’s going to be a lot in the beginning, but if your home is move-in ready and looks it, you won’t have a problem getting offers! If you need help moving out and moving into your new home, we’ve got your back with that too! Fill out our FREE quote form and let’s schedule a day to get you to your new home!