Preparing Your Home to Sell

Things You Should Do When Preparing to Sell Your Home

by Alice Robertson

My name is Alice Robertson, and like many homeowners I enjoy keeping a tidy home. Who wants to spend time cleaning and picking up after a long day at work, running errands, or transporting the kids to that activity you forgot you signed them up for? Not me, and I’m sure you don’t either. Plus, there’s just something about coming home to organization and a clean scent that makes me happy. I specialize in home organization, whether it’s decluttering to prepare for a move, deep cleaning for company, a dinner party, or an open house, or simply cleaning up the chaos of everyday life. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a professional home organizer like me to keep a tidy home.

Are you planning to put your house on the market in the near future? It may feel like an overwhelming and uncertain endeavor, but there are a few things you can do ahead of time that will help your selling experience to be a successful one! Let’s go over some of the best decisions you can make while preparing to sell your home.

Contact an Agent

Throughout the whole journey of selling a home, your local real estate agent will be your best marketing advantage. You can get a head start with these tips listed below, but include your agent’s advice along the way for even better success. They can inform you about what can increase value and what will decrease it; after all, they’ve been around the block a few times and know what looks stale and what makes a sale! 

Goodbye Garbage and Giveaway Day

It’s time to de-clutter! Those stacks of old magazines need to find a home other than in your living room. Additionally, the countless pairs of shoes in the closet must be sifted through and organized. In other words, you need to get rid of what you don’t want/use/need; you’ll be amazed at how much larger your rooms look as a result!

Garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, community clean-up days, and thrift stores are all great opportunities for getting rid of clutter. For personal items like family photos, it is advised to remove them from the walls and shelves before opening the house for buyers. Minimalism is key when preparing your home for viewing. 

Clean and Deodorize

When people are looking to buy a home, they want to see the property’s features without being distracted by dust, dirt, and grime, not to mention off-putting smells and odors. Spend an adequate amount of time thoroughly cleaning floors, windows, furniture, and appliances, and give special attention to bathrooms, the kitchen, and the entry area (the importance of good first impressions should never be underestimated!)

If some things are beyond cleaning, it may be a good idea to replace them. Simple replacements include tarnished cabinet handles, faucets, and outlet vent covers. If carpets are stained beyond cleaning or worn out, it would be wise to replace them as well.

Take Care with Your Colors

Most experts say that light neutral colors are the best choice for walls when trying to sell your home; this helps the viewers to visualize the home as their own, rather than seeing your personalized rooms. Light colors also make an area feel more spacious and clean. 

If you have any rooms painted with bold tones or outdated wallpaper, now is the time to apply some fresh coats of beige and white; you’ll be amazed what a little paint can do!

Put a “Great” in Your Great Outdoors

We mentioned first impressions in regards to the entrance of your home; but in reality, the first impression begins as soon as the potential buyers park their cars outside and start to look things over. For instance, Is the grass mowed? Are the edges trimmed? Is the landscaping attractive and inviting or boring and unimpressive? 

Keeping things tidy — and even creating some new flower gardens if necessary — can make a huge difference in your property’s curb appeal. Landscape blocks and a winding paved walkway can do wonders to nurture a cheerful and tasteful atmosphere, making viewers feel at home as soon as they lay eyes on the property.

 Ready, Steady, Sell!

Looks like you’re ready to have your home listed now! Everything is squeaky-clean, up to date, and lovely. You’ve done everything necessary to impress the buyers, and now it’s time to sit back and wait for the right offer. Happy selling!

Alice Robertson

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