Ready, Set … For Sale!
BY ANN TOHILL
It’s time to upgrade, find a better school district, move cities for a new job, or make room for more! Whatever the case may be, selling your home should be an exciting time. It’s out with the old, and in with the new. It’s time for a reset. But for some homeowners, it can be overwhelming. To ease stress ahead of one of the hottest home selling seasons, here are some tips for preparing your home… so that “For Sale” sign can be added to the front yard.
1. Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is so important — and so are first impressions! Start with the lawn. Freshen up the mulch/pine straw, add colorful flowers to the flower beds, mow the lawn, get rid of those pesky weeds, sweep off the pollen from the front porch, and make sure your front door is sparkling from afar. Catch their attention right away.
2. Take a Deep Breath
When you open your door, take a deep breath in… What does it smell like? Wet dog, cigarettes, food, bleach, cleaning supplies, or too much air freshener? You want that fresh scent, but nothing that’s too overbearing. The smell of your home will make or break the deal. Diffusers are a wonderful investment or throw a batch of cookies in the oven just before a showing.
3. The Details
Make sure batteries are replaced in your smoke alarm and all light bulbs are working. You want the potential buyer to get a true feel for your home!
4. Clean, Clean, Clean
Wipe down your baseboards, wash your walls, clean your carpets, scrub your bathrooms, dust your fans, and don’t forget your curtains and blinds.
5. De-personalize Your Space
Potential buyers want to be able to picture themselves in your home. Take down personal photos, artwork, and collectibles. Declutter your space, but don’t throw items in a closet or the oven… people will look in all of those places when touring your home.
6. Touch up Your Paint
Think about using only neutral colors. Consider painting your daughter’s hot pink room or your bright orange kitchen, a light tan or a faded gray. That’s an easy fix for new home buyers, but some can’t picture the potential, they actually want to see it.
7. Give Your Home an Easy Flow
Make sure your furniture is moved around so that it’s comfortable. If you can afford it, think about renting a storage unit for excess furniture.
8. Set the Stage
It’s good to have your home staged. You can hire a stager and get them to spruce up your home, so people can dream up what it can look like.
9. Make Repairs
That loose handle, the faucet that always drips, or the closet door that doesn’t shut all the way… fix that!
10. Hire a Home Inspector
If you’ve lived there a while, it’s a good idea for you, as the seller, to hire a home inspector before putting your home on the market. This is to make sure it passes all inspections and is 100% ready to sell.
Are You Ready to Sell?
These 10 steps are all affordable and worth the time and effort. The homes with neutral colors that are sparkling clean and inviting to a stranger, don’t last long on the market. There’s no specific ideal time to sell your home, but if you’re considering attracting springtime buyers, now is the time to start to prepare your home for sale.