It would be nice if you could just one day decide to put your home on the market and that was it, but that often isn't the case. While you can technically do this, your results will likely be less than perfect. That is because the process of selling a home can be a long one.
There is a lot you should be doing before listing your home and showing it off. One of the most important parts of a home sale actually takes place before the home is ever on the market. This is the process of preparing your home to be sold. A lot often needs to be done in order to get your house ready to sell and not doing them could hinder your success.
But just what sorts of things does this entail? Well, that is exactly what this article is here to help you with. Read on and learn about some of the most important things that go into getting your home ready to sell.
Clean it Up
First of all, you need to make sure the home is clean before you ever attempt to sell or show it to anyone. Start by de-cluttering! Get rid of any unwanted items. Put away any excess things you have by getting moving boxes and packing them out of the way. This will make your life far easier when it's time to hire an excellent moving company.
You should clean every nook and cranny in the home to make sure it is spotless.
Focus especially on places like the bathroom and the kitchen, which can often get the dirtiest during your day-to-day lives. Don’t leave any stone unturned, as many potential buyers are very thorough and will surely open every closet and check under everything.
Keeping it clean will also eliminate any unfortunate odors that you could have gotten used to, but others might find offensive. A clean home is very attractive to buyers as it lets them see the full potential of the home when it is looking its best.
While many individuals or families will task themselves with cleaning up their home before selling it, some will opt for a professional cleaning service instead.
Consider Making Renovations
While renovations aren’t always required when selling your home, they are something to seriously consider. Fixing up the home, modernizing it or improving it in some capacity will likely make it easier to sell, and could help you sell the home for more.
Of course, be sure to put some research and thought into which renovations to make. Not all renovations are created equally. Some will increase the value of your home, while others will not.
Even some simple, small, and quick renovations like new lights or an updated paint job can go a long way in helping your home be more attractive to potential buyers.
However, there are some renovations that could be all but essential before selling a home. For example, your plumbing needs to work, as well as other things that are critical to someone being able to comfortably live in the home.
Create a Good First Impression
Many homeowners selling for the first time have no idea how critical the first impression can be! Oftentimes, a potential buyer will already have an opinion on your home before they ever set foot inside. Because of this, you want to make the best first impressions possible. If you want to make a good first impression, you need to boost the curb appeal of your home. The front of the home is what buyers will see first, so make sure it shines.
You should make sure the siding of the home looks nice, the paint is touched up, the windows are clean and the pathway is cleared. Also, make sure to cut the grass, have some nice plants or foliage, and give a clear path from the sidewalk to your door. All of this can help people get the right impression when they walk up to your house for the first time.
Sure, this can take a bit of time and money, but it will certainly give your home a better chance of making a great first impression. While you can’t make a sale based on the first impression of your home alone, you can certainly lose one.
Take Yourself out of the Home
When you are living in a home, you want to personalize it and make it your own. This helps you feel comfortable, happy, and relaxed in your own space. However, when you are moving out and selling your home, you need to get rid of this personalization.
If the house is full of your items, it can make it difficult for potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home. The less of your items that are in the home, the better.
Family photos, trophies, collections, and other keepsakes should all be taken out of the home and put somewhere safe for the time being. In addition to this, it is also a good idea to deal with all the clutter in the home in general. You want the house itself, the layout of the rooms, and the features of the home to do the talking, not a bunch of items. Too much clutter can take away from the home itself and distract people from what they should actually be focused on or looking at.
Stage the Home
Another thing you should look to do while preparing your home for sale is to stage the home. One of the bigger mistakes when selling a home is skipping the staging. Staging the home is a great way to show off it’s potential to interested buyers. It involves arranging furniture and decor in the best way to show off the layout of the home, the size of the rooms, and get the most out of the space.
While you could stage it yourself using the furniture you own, generally, it might be a better idea to hire a company to assist. They can help you make sure it looks incredible, and give you helpful tips on how to best design a room.
Some will use the furniture you own, while others might have their own furniture that they will use to make your home look as inviting as possible. Staging can help define the rooms as well, and really let buyers see what your home has to offer.
Also, in addition to furniture, staging can involve buying flowers, baking cookies, and generally doing anything else to make the house as comfortable and inviting as possible.
In conclusion, we hope the tips in this blog post have been able to teach you all you need to know about getting your house ready to sell.
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About the author: The above article on getting your home ready to sell was written by Wendy Dessler. Wendy is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.