Preparing to Sell
Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the red dirt stains on your walkway doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—landscaping, clean windows and exterior, front door, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Remove all personal photographs and collections. Time to pack them for your more. Have a separate set of towels you can put out for showings. If possible, buy new bedspreads so bedrooms look fresh and inviting. Declutter and then declutter some more! If you aren’t going to move it, time for it to go. Same for your kitchen: clear your counters as much as possible. Look in your cabinets to get rid of things you haven’t used in a year. Those empty spaces can provide places for things you keep on your counters but don’t use every day. Kitchens sell!