Homesale 101: Getting Your Home Ready To Sell
After you’ve made the decision to let go of your house, there’s the matter of getting your home ready to sell. Anyone in real estate will tell you that the sale if not just a matter of taking out an ad in the paper and hoping that the first person who sees your place will fall in love with it and buy it on the spot. Getting your home ready to sell takes some preparation, and here are some steps that will help seal the deal.
1. Remove yourself from your home.
When taking a look at your house, the people viewing it should be able to imagine themselves living in it. You don’t want your house to seem nice only if it comes with your aged-to-perfection leather chair in the living room, your montage of family pictures on the living room shelf, or your grandmother’s heirloom chandelier in the dining area. Remove all the personal furniture and items that you will take with you to your new home. You don’t want to have to keep telling your prospective buyers that these nice things do not come with the house. If they want it bad enough, it could be a dealbreaker. Try to keep your interiors as simple and minimalist as possible. Houses are best showcased with as little furniture as possible.
2. Get the little nooks and crannies ready for snooping.
Buyers will want to take a look at every corner of your home, and that includes storage rooms, closets and even under the bed. Make sure that you de-clutter and organize the essentials in these areas. Doing so will make your home feel comfortable.
3. Clean, repair and store.
Cover up that tiny crack on the wall, fix that loose light fixture, and replace the missing tile in your bathroom. Getting your home ready to sell means presenting it in its perfect setting as much as possible. Make the potential owners see the possibilities, instead of all the things they have to fix themselves. If you can, get a professional cleaning service to give your house that extra polish. Pack up all the knick-knacks and unnecessary items.
4. Learn the value of “curb appeal.”
“Curb appeal” is a common term in real estate and is an essential part in getting your home ready to sell. Making a huge impact with a buyer at the first moment they see your home is already half the battle done. Clean up your yard, trim the lawn, and repair anything loose and askew.
With these simple steps, you will increase the appeal of your home. Getting your home ready to sell may require detail, but it could be enjoyable and profitable for you.