As we sail into the traditional busy season for real estate, there is good news to be had, no matter what shoes you fill. For buyers, there is an abundance of competitively priced homes on the market and interest rates have dipped in the past few weeks. For sellers, the buyers are back, but property values are no where near where they were a few years ago. Sellers must be sensible when preparing to enter the market. The homes that sell the fastest for the highest price are those that outshine the competition. Here are a few tips to make your home one of those.
- Internalize the fact that you do not live in the home anymore - mentally let go.
- Recognize that it's time to look at your future.
- Pack all your personal items to neutralize your home and allow potential buyers to picture their belongings there.
- Get rid of clutter. Either throw away or donate any items that you haven't used for a year. Place all keys and warranty documents in one drawer to turn over to the new owner.
- Make closets more spacious. Pack and store off-season clothes, and neatly organize what remains. Let buyers know that your closets have space.
- Stack dishes neatly and organize your pantry.
- Have just enough furniture to showcase your space. Remove a leaf from the dining room table. Rent storage space if needed.
- Remove fixtures such as an antique chandelier or mirror that you wish to take with you. Replace with a fixture that will stay. Don't let this be a deal breaker!
- Make those repairs now! Fix leaky faucets, patch holes in walls, fix cracked tiles, replace lightbulbs and fix doorbell.
- Keep the decor neutral. You don't want buyers to remember your home as the one with the hot pink bedroom or orange living room.
- Make your home shine! Polish floors, dust vents, ceiling fans and light fixtures. Vacuum and dust furniture daily. Air out any cooking, pet ot musty smells - just don't overdo the fragrances.
- Don't forget the outside. Enhance curb appeal by pressure washing sidewalks and driveways, clean windows, mow the lawn, paint faded siding and trim, cut back shrubs, clean gutters, have your house number visible from the street and plant some colorful annuals.
Now, open your door and see if you feel welcome! If not, a good Realtor will get you there!