1. Get rid of the attachment
Selling a home, especially a home you’ve been in for a number of years, can be an emotional and stressful process. Try your best to remove yourself from the memories and history of your home. You’re preparing your home to help someone new make lasting memories, so you need to be ready to let go of attachments like the colors of the walls, the layout of the furniture, or the use of certain rooms. You’ll be setting up your home to be as much of a blank slate as you can for potential buyers.
You want the buyer to be able to picture themselves living in your home, so remove everything you can that is personal, like family photos. Arrange the rooms so that the buyer is not distracted and is able to picture their own belongings. If there’s anything sentimental that you won’t be included in the sale of the home, remove it now before potential buyers see it, fall in love, and ask for it to be included in the sale.
3. Organize and declutter
If you’re downsizing, this is a great time to donate and trash all the items you won’t be taking
with you to your new home. If not, consider a storage unit to house a good chunk of your belongings while you stage your home for sale. Your home should appear minimalist to buyers so that they’re able to imagine themselves and their own possessions in the space. And don’t forget about the closets and cabinets! Buyers will be looking all around so make sure all spaces are neatly organized with only the essentials.
4. Make repairs
This may not be the time for major home renovations, but consider making small repairs ahead of time so that you do not need to negotiate these after a home inspection. It also helps to give buyers the impression that a home was well-cared for if the small things are taken care of. Pay
special attention to concerns of safety and lighting: ensure that railing are properly secured,
stairs are stable, and all lightbulbs are replaced and in working order.
5. Consider your home’s first impression
Did you know that simply changing the color of your front door can increase your home’s value by nearly $6000? Although you may not be considering a full landscaping overhaul, focus on the front door and entryway. Decorate for the season and brighten up the entry with flowers and fresh paint. A scented wreath is a great way to welcome buyers with a pleasant smell and kick off the house tour on the right foot.
Hiring a professional cleaning crew is a great idea to prepare your home to sell. Whether you’re
handling the cleaning yourself or hiring a company, make sure to wash the windows inside and out, make the bathrooms sparkle, and dust everywhere. Don’t forget inside the cabinets and closets- just because it’s behind a door doesn’t mean buyers won’t be looking there! Selling a home can take several weeks or even months, so make sure you’re keeping up with the cleaning by vacuuming and dusting daily. If you have pets, pay special attention to pet odors that you may have gone nose blind to.
7. Call MBA Residential
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home to sell QUICKLY is to call us at MBA
Residential. We are experts with over 30 years of experience, and we can guide you with specifics tailored to your home and your situation. Free home assessments are always available and we encourage you to call as soon as you even consider the possibility of selling your home. The more time we have to get your home ready, the quicker it will sell!