Preparing Your Home to Sell

Moving and the subsequent sale of your home is an exciting time. It represents change, new beginnings, and moving on to a new chapter. Preparing your home for sale is all about presenting it in the best light and less about making it look perfect. Expensive upgrades rarely result in a full return on investment.

Right now the market is hot and homes are selling quickly. Take a few days to prepare your home for sale and then you will be ready to list. Some important aspects of preparing your home for sale include creating good curb appeal, polishing the interior, removing clutter and reducing furniture in the home.

Creating Curb Appeal. A buyer’s first impression of the home is the first thing they see. Some buyers will not enter a home that does not look good from the road. This includes the basics of a tidy yard. Make sure hedges are trimmed, the lawn is mowed, the driveway is clean and the front of the home is presented at its best. It might also include planting fresh flowers, adding fresh mulch, power washing the home, porch and driveway, or putting a fresh coat of paint of the front door.

Drive up to your home as a buyer would and look at it with a critical eye. What is your first impression? Drive to other homes in the neighborhood and see how their homes present themselves and what they have done to make their entrances appealing. A little landscaping can go a long way.

Polishing the Interior. This is not the time to complete major renovations or upgrades. It is essential, however, to show your home in its best light. Start with a thorough cleaning. Scrub every part of the home including baseboards, ceilings and areas that are sometimes neglected like behind furniture and appliances. A cleaning service can be invaluable and save time. Many home sellers contract with a regular cleaning service while their home is on the market.

In addition to cleaning the home fix any leaks in the plumbing. Patch any cracks in the walls and where needed add a fresh coat of paint. Opt for neutral colors so buyers can personalize the space themselves. Replace any cracked or broken tiles, bleach tile grout or clean hardwood floors and carpets. Fresh caulk in tubs and showers will give bathrooms a fresh look. Check that all light fixtures are working and there are no burnt out bulbs. New door knobs or kitchen knobs can freshen up and modernize rooms inexpensively. These details will make the home appear well taken care of.

De-cluttering and de-personalizing your home. When your home sells you will pack up and move. This is a time to get started by eliminating things you do not use and packing things that are used infrequently. Put away family photos. Reduce closet and cabinet storage by half. This will provide buyers with a good look at the storage and make the place look spacious. The more crammed these areas are the smaller the storage appears.

Reduce the amount of furniture in each room. Sell or donate pieces you will not be moving before listing. This will make rooms appear larger and more spacious. When selling your home the idea is to create a neutral space for buyers to envision making their own. When your home is highly personalized buyers see your home, rather than their home.

Don’t delay listing your home in the name of preparation. Sprucing up your home and making it look its best can be completed in a few days. When the market is hot and homes are selling quickly it is not necessary to have a perfect home to get a competitive offer.

RealtyWeb.com has more ideas and strategies for selling your home quickly at the highest price. Rob Roham has been representing sellers for over 25 years and has some amazing strategies that will get your home listed and sold in no time. He also strives to keep more money in your pocket through his new online services. To learn more about Rob visit Realtyweb.com

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