Are you ready to sell your home, if so, is your home ready to sell? Seller’s can’t simply list their home and expect it to be bought at its maximum price without some preparation made in advance. Take a second and go through your home from buyer’s perspective. Take notes on what you notice as a buyer. Some changes you should make right away are hiding clutter, putting family photos away, cleaning out closets, and getting rid of unnecessary furniture. Amongst these apparent changes, there are a few other things sellers should do in preparation of listing their home if they want to maximize their offer and decrease the time spent on the market.
- Repaint the walls in neutral colors
You may love your colorful accent walls and feel that it’s what makes your home, home, but not everyone is going to feel the same. Repainting your walls to neutral colors like white, tan, or beige can help open up the pool of buyers. It allows them to focus more on the home and less on the work they’ll need to do if they decide to buy.
- Organize your closets
It happens to all of us, our closets can get out of hand. It’s such a daunting task to reorganize, but to buyers, storage is a key factor when finding a home. Organized and clean closets give the illusion of more space, therefore, more storage. You can start by going through and cleaning out any unneeded items that may have accumulated. You’ll be moving soon anyway, so why not get a jump start on the process now.
- Do faux renovations
You’ll be surprised what a few fixes here and there will do for your home. Is your kitchen a little out-dated? Try replacing the cabinets’ hardware, the light fixtures, or the faucets. You can do the same for bathrooms and laundry rooms.
- Highlight focal points
If there is something unique about your home, you should highlight it so potential buyers will see it. You can do this by adding pops of color or plants. Do you have have a window seat,? Throw a red pillow on it with a book to show this could be a great reading nook. Add a fern to your mantle to highlight your beautiful fire place.
- Boost curb appeal.
This probably one of the more important factors to preparing your home before listing because this is the first thing buyers are going to see. You want to make a great first impression and buyers don’t like what they see on the outside, they may not even give your home a chance. You don’t have to go all out and repave your driveway, unless it really needs it, but make sure to trim the hedges, plant some fresh flowers, mow the lawn, and fix any peeling paint. Basically, tackle your to-do list you’ve been meaning to do for months.