If you’re in the process of getting your house ready to sell but not sure where to start, we’ve compiled 10 essential steps you should take before putting your house on the market. From decluttering and depersonalizing to adding inexpensive decorative touches, these tips could make the difference between listing your home and getting it sold!
1. FOCUS ON CURB APPEAL
Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression. It's tough in the winter/early spring months since most of the time there is snow or mud on the ground. Make sure the walkways are shoveled and salted if necessary. Put a nice winter plant by the front door and a cute doormat that not only looks great but serves as a place for people to wipe their wet shoes off.
2. MAKE REPAIRS
Repair dry rot or damaged siding. Repair squeaky doors, leaky faucets, damaged drywall, chipped or peeling paint, and broken fixtures/hardware. Buyers will notice these things and it always costs less to fix them ahead of time rather than wait to negotiate repairs or concessions later.
3. MAKE IT LIGHT AND BRIGHT
A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to give an instant face lift to your house. Generally, the best paint colors to brighten any room are neutrals such as warm greys or grey-beiges (we have plenty of tried and true suggestions in this area). Keep in mind that light paint colors are generally the most appealing to the most amount of people, which is what you want when selling. Replace burnt light bulbs, raise shades, and open blinds and curtains to ensure there’s enough natural light throughout the house.
4. MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE
Removing bulky or outdated furniture or other items that aren’t necessary is a simple and easy way to make rooms feel more spacious and look less cluttered. You might consider renting a storage unit to temporarily store all but the most critical pieces of furniture and décor. But don’t go overboard; in almost all cases it’s better to leave some furniture in the room than to have it completely empty, so potential buyers can imagine where their furniture would go. Don't forget about the closet and pantry - when overstuffed or messy, it can lead buyers to feel there is a lack of storage space in the home.
5. SPRING FOR NEW FIXTURES
Renew the look of any room by replacing old or dated brassy-gold light fixtures, cabinet and door hardware, light switches, and old faucets.
Think about removing or replacing worn or outdated furnishings and store any extra pieces. Don’t forget to clear your closet and pantry floors to make them look and feel bigger.
Excessive personal items like photos, collectibles, personal awards, and religious items make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may deter a sale. You don't have to remove everything, but scaling down these items is a great first step.
7. MAKE IT SPARKLE
Think hotel clean. Mop, dust, vacuum often, wash windows, and clean baseboards. Be sure kitchens and baths are sparkling clean!
8. PAY ATTENTION TO ODORS
Pay attention to the smell of pets, cooked food, and tobacco odor in the home. It can kill any home sale immediately. Keep in mind that textiles such as carpet and throw rugs hold odors – even your furniture and the drywall absorb odors.
9. CREATE THE “WOW” FACTOR
Use what you already have, even if it means having to replace or add some inexpensive decorative touches such as towels, linens, throws, and decorative pillows. Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Strategically placed furniture paired with pops of colorful and inviting accents will make a lasting impression. We offer staging with all of our listings, so don't worry, we can help!
10. HIRE A GREAT AGENT
Perhaps one of the most crucial steps to this process is finding a real estate agent that you trust to help you get your home ready and on the market! We can assist you in organizing and completing the above items as well as developing the perfect strategy to get your home sold while keeping in mind what matters most to you!
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