Preparing Your Home to Sell

July 1, 2018

When it is time to sell your home, there are some things you can do to present your home in the best possible light. 

Clean.  I can not stress this one enough.  Clean your home and keep it that way.  Consider hiring a local cleaning crew to do a thorough deep cleaning.  That way you just have to do spot cleaning everyday to keep the house looking nice for showings. 

De-clutter.  Eliminate the excess for your living spaces.  Have a wall of family photos?  Consider taking down most of them and only leave up a couple that mean the most. 

Clean off counters. That way buyers can see the house and be able to picture themselves in it.  Packing away little used items gives the added bonus of getting your packing started early.  That is one less thing you have to do once the home sells.

Reposition Furniture.  Most people place their furniture on the walls.  Try grouping the furniture into conversational areas away from the wall.  This will help the buyers see the flow of the rooms and help them envision the placement of their furniture. This will also make the room seem larger.

Smoke.  Air out your home.  You may need to use kilz, paint or hire a company like Serv Pro to eliminate odors.  Smoke outside until the sale is complete.  Nothing turns off non smoking buyers faster than the smell of smoke in a house.

Paint.  Nothing changes a look of a room like paint.  Consider using warm neutral colors to brighten up your living spaces and freshen up tired walls. 

Lighting.  Never under estimate the importance of lighting.  Bright cheerfully lit rooms are welcoming and inviting.  A good rule of thumb is to have a 100 watts of light per 50 square feet.  So change out those light bulbs to a higher wattage.  Consider adding a floor or table lamp as an accent.  Replace burnt out light bulbs.  It will make all the difference when the photographs are taken. Open the blinds and drapes to let in natural light.  You'll be amazed at the transformation a little extra light can make in an otherwise boring room.

Is there something you've been meaning to fix?  Now is the time to finish that project.  Replacing air filters, broken windows or screens, ugly caulking, or loose shingles.  It may not be a big deal to you, but everything wrong is something a buyer counts off in their head as they are deciding if to offer and how much.

Wanting to avoid a surprise during the inspection period?  Consider getting a seller inspection.  It will let you know what you need to work on.  Does your electrical system need updating, are there loose or broken shingles?  With this you can fix it, lower your asking price informing the buyers of the existing problems, or at least you won't be surprised by the buyer's inspection. 

Consider the Curb appeal.  The front of your house is the first thing buyers see.  Clean up the yard, Cut the grass, edge and weed, and maybe plant some new flowers.

All of these things you may say to yourself is just common sense, but this is a stressful time for both you and the buyer and small things often get overlooked.

I hope that these ideas helped you and I look forward to selling your home for you.

Happy Selling!

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