We all know that when you buy a home, you generally make one of the largest purchases you have ever made. The flip side of that coin is that when you sell your home, you are selling the largest asset you possess, and you need to maximize the return on that sale. Therefore, when preparing to sell your home, it becomes necessary to look at your home as a product to prepare for sale. You need to divorce yourself from the home emotionally and objectively analyze its advantages and disadvantages.
Your real estate agent is trained to make suggestions to help you through this process, but it helps simplify the operation if you have a basic understanding of the principles involved. The basic idea is very simple. Without being deceptive, you want to emphasize the positive features of the property.
I don't suggest that you spend thousands of dollars making repairs or decorating the property, but it may pay to make some small investments to help prepare the home for sale. You might wish to paint the front door , or at the least clean it thoroughly. Replace or clean torn or dirty window treatments. You will want to clean and manicure your lawns as much as possible, and it would be a good idea to perhaps plant a few inexpensive but colorful flowers or plants to enhance the "curb appeal" of your home.
There are some improvements you can make that don't cost a thing. You can make your kitchen counter look larger by removing some of the items that are only used occasionally when you cook that are left out on the counter as part of your decor.
Try to remove unneeded clutter from all of the rooms so that the potential purchaser doesn't underestimate the size of rooms or closets. A very simple method can create some additional cash and remove some unneeded clutter. Have a garage or yard sale! Go through your house and remove for sale anything that you don't want to pack or move. Pick a weekend and have your garage sale for two days to allow for possible bad weather. After the garage sale, throw out or give away any of the items that didn't sell to create as much room in the garage as possible. Having done that , go through the house, and remove boxes and unused or little used items (including furniture) from the rooms until you have filled the garage again. As part of this procedure, you can begin packing items that are seldom used. Pay special attention to rooms that you don't use very much since they often become catchalls. By doing this you will create a more spacious feeling in the house, and you can get a head start on your packing.
As a rule of thumb remember , it is better to have a crowded garage than a crowded basement. It is better to have a crowded basement than a crowded bedroom. It is better to have a crowded bedroom than a crowded first floor.
Finally, leave your house and re-enter it like a buyer. Be critical but reasonable about the things that you see. Don't hesitate to clean out and clean up. A little sparkle never hurt any sale.