Traditionally, spring and summer are great seasons to sell your home. However, before you put all your focus on moving into your next dream home, it’s important to get your current home ready for sale.
Starting this now will give you maximum time to prepare, increase your odds of selling sooner, and help justify your asking price. With this in mind, let’s dig into some of the specific things you may want to focus on while you prepare your home for sale in the weeks or months ahead.
First Impressions Can Make Or Break A Sale Before Buyers Even Enter A Home
Curb appeal is a real thing. It can have a tremendous impact on people’s first impressions when they arrive to check out your home.
Take a few minutes and do this:
- Stroll on out to the front of your home.
- Stand on the street.
- Take a hard look at your home from this perspective.
What do you see?
In addition to landscaping (ex. making sure the lawn is freshly cut and potentially investing in some seasonal plants), you’ll also want to give the house itself a facelift.
This could include replacing faded house numbers; washing windows; touching up the paint on your front door; and cleaning the scuffs off of the door, your home’s siding, and front porch steps.
If you have a spacious front porch, this is a great area to begin making your home look inviting, instead of a cluttered catch-all area for ‘stuff’. If you have outdoor furniture available, and the space to stage it, consider turning your front porch into a cozy conversation space.
Extra tip: Since plenty of home viewings can take place at night, make sure all of your hard work hasn’t gone to waste by having ample lighting to show off your home in the evening.
The Most Important 15 Seconds: Nailing The Initial Entrance
Congrats! Your potential buyers have arrived and, thanks to a little creativity and polished curb appeal, they’ve stuck around to view your home instead of refusing to even get out of the car.
Now, it’s really time to get down to business. What your potential buyers see when the front door swings open will create an emotional response and set the mood for the rest of the walk-through, for better or worse.
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The entrance of your home should be clutter-free and inviting. Make sure all coats and shoes are stowed away. If a hall closet isn’t available, find a temporary area to store personal belongings instead of piling them up on a rack and drawing attention to that lack of storage in the entryway.
While following the other steps listed below in this article, similar to your curb appeal check, you’ll also want to take note of everything visible from the entry of your home and remove all clutter.
In fact, it’s a great idea to do this in every door and entryway throughout your home, examining how each room is laid out through a buyer’s eyes.
Top 10 Factors In A Successful Home Sale
For the rest of your home, here’s a handy checklist of 10 things to keep in mind.
1. Store Personalized Belongings – Maximize buyer appeal and help them visualize the home as their own by removing your family photos, art, and other objects or clutter that may be distracting to buyers.
2. Eliminate Clutter In Every Room – Remove bathroom toiletries from display, clear kitchen counters as much as possible, store knick-knacks and family heirlooms, straighten bookshelves, etc.
3. Organize Closets And Other Storage Areas – While de-cluttering and stowing belongings, note that buyers may be curious how much storage is in your home. These areas should be organized and visually appealing.
4. Leave What Stays, Replace What Isn’t – If certain window coverings, built-in appliances, or other features are going with you, replace or remove them so buyers have a clear expectation of what’s included in the sale.
5. Make Those Minor Repairs – Doing so can make or break a sale. Tend to any cracked floors, scratched-up counter-tops, wall holes that need patching, burnt out light bulbs, leaky faucets, etc.
6. Neutralize Wall Colors – While you’re on that handy streak, clean scuffs off walls and consider painting any rooms with crazy colors to a more neutral tone. You may like lime green or fire engine red, but potential buyers may not.
7. Add A Little Sparkle – Deep clean as much as possible, or hire it out. Consider cleaning carpets, polishing floors, brightening faucets, re-caulking tubs, dusting, clean the fridge and oven, pressure wash where needed, etc.
8. Deodorize – Spray deodorizer throughout your home to eliminate any musty smells, pet odors, and so on. Before showing time, also avoid cooking foods with strong odors (like fish), as they can linger into the next day.
9. Don’t Forget The Backyard! – This is just as important as your front yard’s curb appeal. Depending on the time of year, you may want to mow, clean any patio furniture, pull weeds and/or invest in a little gardening, etc.
10. Consider A Storage Unit – As you tidy up, you’ll no doubt encounter a ton of extra ‘stuff’ you may not know what to do with. If that’s the case, consider renting a storage unit for a little. Remember: you want your home as clutter-free and “neutral” as possible for buyers.
Final Thoughts On Successful Home Sale Preparation
Taking the above steps to prep your home for sale will only serve to improve your odds of appealing to buyers. As a result, you’ll be able to move forward into the next chapter of your journey as a homeowner, as soon as possible.
This article was written by Rosa Ivey. When you’re ready to take that next step, contact me, Rosa Ivey. I can help you find the right type of mortgage to match your current needs and future goals. Plus, I can help you in any state across the U.S.
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