How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
You want buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the house, and this can be tough if it feels too much like your family.
Are you considering putting your home on the market?
Here are a few things to think about:
Consider Renovations – Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and look at your home objectively. Are there updates that should be made? When is the last time you made changes to the kitchen or master bath? If you have room in your budget, these types of changes can have a significant impact on resale value.
Other updates could include painting the walls neutral colors, cleaning up landscaping, addressing necessary repairs, etc.
Depersonalize – Start removing some photos and items that make the home feel like it’s your family’s. You want buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the house, and this can be tough if it feels too much like your family.
This is also an excellent opportunity to get rid of unnecessary items and things you haven’t used in six months-year or more. Sort belongings into piles to throw away and to donate or sell.
When decluttering, remove excess knickknacks from shelves and try to keep the décor simple throughout the home. Try to leave out pieces that could work with different styles, if possible. Items you use each day could be tucked away in boxes in a closet when they’re not being used.
Add lighting – Think about adding more lamps/light fixtures as well as natural light to the home. Keep the curtains and blinds open to let natural light in and help the house seem brighter and bigger. It may also help to trim shrubs outside windows that could be blocking sunlight.
Disassociate Yourself – Letting go of your home can be hard, so you may start to change your mindset to think that it’s just a home and your goal is to make as much as possible on the sale, so you and your family can move on to better things. While this may be tough to grasp at first, it could help you make better business decisions throughout the process.
Move things into storage – After cleaning out your home, you likely have too much extra stuff to keep in the house. Rather than piling up your basement (and preventing homeowners from visualizing that space), you might consider getting a storage unit temporarily.
Ensure it’s always ready to be shown – Try to stay on top of the clutter and keeping things clean while your house is on the market. Buyers could schedule showings at any time, so you want to make sure the house is painting a good picture for potential buyers.
Make a good first impression – You can only make one first impression, so try to make sure the first impression made with every buyer is positive. Make sure the outside of the home is in good shape, as that’s what buyers see before they even walk through the door. Make sure people feel safe and happy as they come to your home.
Inexpensive shrubs and colorful flowers outside, along with fresh cut flowers, an inviting bench, and warm cookies inside, could help people feel happier.
The price is right – Compare your home to other homes for sale and to those that have recently sold near you. Look at the size, the number of bedrooms, and the upgrades/amenities of those homes compared to yours. It’s also a good idea to talk with your real estate agent to come up with a fair price. Also, think about how much under your listing price you’d be willing to go.
Is your home ready to sell? Good luck!