Selling your home can get hectic, therefore it’s important to start early by preparing your home to look its’ best when you’re ready to sell. Your Local REALTOR® will direct you every step of the way, however below are a few simple tips to get you started.
Make a good first impression.
What’s the first thing prospective buyers see when they approach your home? Perhaps the front door needs a fresh coat of paint, the mailbox is getting rusty, Christmas lights are still up, or there’s cracks in your driveway. Take a moment to step outside and look at your home from their prospective – are there any imperfections that could use a quick fix?
If it’s broken, fix it!
There may be things in your home that you’ve grown to live with like a squeaky door, burnt out lightbulb, cracked tile or imperfections on a wall – whatever it may be, this is the time to fix it. Especially if it requires professional help, it’s important to book ahead to get the job done.
Clutter can be distracting for prospective buyers. By removing heavy furniture, items on tables and windowsills, decor, etc. you’re allowing your homes’ true characteristics to shine. In addition, buyers will get a good perspective on the size of each room, as often clutter can make a space look smaller.
De-personalize your space.
To appeal to all buyers, it’s important to remove all items that are personal to you; including: family photos, accent walls, collection items, and busy textiles. The goal is to provide a neutral, but welcoming space. It may help to ask a non-resident to point out anything they may see as personal or distracting.
Let in the natural light.
Walking into a room filled with natural light is a definite plus. Make sure there’s nothing obstructing the windows like heavy curtains, furniture or dark screens. It’s also recommended to clean both the insides and outsides of your windows, so schedule a window-cleaner ahead of time.
Every small effort goes a long way to ensure your home looks its best. If you’re ready to sell your home or looking for advice, contact a Local REALTOR® today!