You’re ready for a change and it’s time to move! Now you’ve gotta get that house of yours dressed to impress so it can sell as quickly as possible. If you’re like most people, you have no idea where to start. But we’ve got you covered with this handy list of the best things you can do to prepare for showing your home.
De-clutter and organize
Your home will appeal to more buyers if it seems bigger than it actually is, and getting rid of unnecessary items is the best way to accomplish this. Remove extra furniture and clear the countertops before showing your home so buyers can see the property’s full potential and imagine themselves living there. That also means putting away your kitchen gadgets and appliances, and removing personal photos and knick-knacks.
After you’ve de-cluttered the living spaces, focus your organizational efforts on closets and the pantry. Box up whatever closet items you don’t need and relocate them to the attic, garage or a storage unit. Organize remaining items in appealing bins or containers. You want interested buyers to believe they will have more than enough space for their belongings if they purchase your home.
If you think nicer furniture or a better arrangement of your own furniture might help sell your home, you’re probably right — and that’s what we like to call staging. According to Forbes, staging your home is usually worth the investment as it can decrease the amount of time the home sits on the market and even increase the final sale price. Value Nation can connect you with some great professional staging resources to consult with before showing your home.
Keep it clean
No one wants to move into a dirty house! Take time to clean everything thoroughly before showing your home. Along with the cleaning tasks you perform regularly, pay extra attention to windows and window coverings, flooring, walls, doors and trim. Don’t forget to dust!
And make sure it smells fantastic, which may mean paying for a professional carpet cleaning and repainting the walls. Purchase some air fresheners or light a pleasant scented candle. And be sure you get the cleaning done before the photographer arrives to take pictures of your home. Believe it or not, dust and grime will show up in photos.
First impressions count when showing your home
Interested buyers will begin to form an opinion of your home long before their real estate agent opens the front door. Curb appeal is important! Prior to showing your home, make sure the landscaping is well-maintained by mowing the lawn, trimming back bushes and trees, and sweeping the walkways. Replace any dead plants and burned-out light bulbs. If needed, hire painters to refresh the home’s exterior paint. Sweep the front porch, put down an attractive doormat and accessorize the area with some potted flowers or a wreath. Remember, the buyers will have plenty of time to look around as their agent fiddles with the lockbox, so make sure they have a lot of appealing things to see.