Getting your home ready to put on the market can be stressful! Follow our top 10 tips below and get your home ready to sell!
- Deep Clean & De-clutter
Buyers are looking for a clean and organized home they can see themselves moving into. Start by deep cleaning your entire home. Clean the carpets, wash your windows, and clean out the garage. Take this opportunity to get rid of anything you don’t need or want anymore. De-cluttering not only makes your home look more presentable, it will help make your moving process easier!
Add a fresh coat of paint to your rooms! Stick with neutral colors such as whites, light grays, and beiges that will appeal to everyone. Avoid dark colors that will make rooms feel small. Touch up paint on trim, doors, and windows if needed.
- Decorate & Stage
When decorating and staging your home, less is more. Limit the amount of furniture in your rooms to keep the space from feeling crowded. Organize your furniture so that rooms feel open and flow better. Too many decorations can make your home look busy and un-organized. Feature a few decorations in each room to make the space feel inviting without overcrowding your rooms. Use neutral colored decorations that will appeal to a larger group of buyers.
The more personal your space is, the harder it is for buyers to imagine living in your home. Remove personal items such as family photos and keepsakes. This will help buyers envision their things in your home.
- Make the Space Feel Larger
Minimize furniture and organize each room’s furniture layout so that rooms feel large and open. Hang floor length curtains above windows to make ceilings appear higher.
- Curb Appeal
Weed and clean up current landscaping outside your home. Plant shrubs and flowers if needed to increase your home’s curb appeal. Lay new mulch and touch up paint on shutters if needed. These finishing touches will make a good first impression with potential buyers.
- Organize Closets
When touring your home, buyers will start to picture where they would store their things if they were to move in. Clean out your closets and get rid of anything you no longer need. Take half of what is left in your closets put it in a storage unit. Neatly organize what is left in your closets to make storage space look practical and large.
Replace your bright light bulbs with soft, lower wattage bulbs. This lighting will make your home feel cozy and hide tiny imperfections throughout your home.
- Hire a Photographer
Many buyers will determine whether or not they look at your home based on the photos featured on your online listing. Hire a professional photographer to ensure you have high-quality photos featured on your listing that will make a good impression with potential buyers.
- Special Touches for Showings
Fresh flowers, a new welcome mat, or homemade cookies can go a long way when buyers are touring your home. Special touches such as these will make the buyer feel welcome and at home. Clean before each showing and make sure spaces such as your counters and tables are cleared off.