So you’ve thought about it carefully and decided that selling your home is the right thing to do. Now that you’re mentally prepared, you’ll need to spend some time planning the next stages, such as working with a realtor, clearing out the junk and making your home look its best to attract buyer attention.
We’ve got some handy tips for getting your home ready to sell so you can be confident of getting top dollar.
What is your home worth?
Do your homework and check out the competition in your area. What are homes like yours selling for? Armed with this knowledge you’ll be better able to judge if a realtor has their finger on the pulse of the neighborhood. Pricing it right is a skill, so you’ll want to go with someone experienced, local and who has sold a lot of properties just like yours. Consider getting a home appraisal before selling from a realtor. You can meet with a couple of different realtors if you like to find the one you feel most comfortable working with.
What does your home offer a type of buyer?
Think about your home’s features objectively. Is it a sizeable home with a decent sized yard to attract families? Or will the renovated kitchen and bathroom and spacious master bedroom be good selling points for couples? Knowing exactly who you’re marketing to can help with getting your home ready to sell.
Fixing up the sore points
Along with all your home’s good points, there are bound to be things that need improving. Be prepared to do some repairs and renovations to get your home looking its best. Even if you think something is minor, like a small hole in a wall, it could put a buyer off. Swapping out bright paint for a color scheme that is more neutral is also recommended when getting your home ready to sell. Your real estate agent should be able to help advise you on this process.
First impressions count the most
Excellent curb appeal is vital for getting buyers into your home. If people don’t like what they see on the outside, they may not even get out of the agent’s car. Scrutinize your front yard from the curb and take note of anything that might put buyers off. Painting the fence and mailbox, mowing the grass, trimming the hedge, clearing up any rubbish and planting a few flowers can make a world of difference to your curb appeal.
Deep clean and declutter
Hire a professional cleaner to give your home a deep clean. Cleaning goes beyond just vacuuming and dusting, and can include carpet cleaning, washing windows, cleaning the oven and fridge, cleaning walls and waxing floors. Declutter by getting rid of excess furniture, old books, clothes, papers and more. The more substantial you can make your rooms look the better.
Staging your home for selling
Consider hiring a professional designer to give your home a makeover and depersonalize it. Staging may involve bringing in different furniture or rearranging existing furniture to make the most of the space. They will bring in extra touches like plush folded towels in the bathroom, throw rugs for the bed, scented candles or a vase of fresh flowers to the dining room table. Sometimes it’s the small things that can make a person fall in love with your home and be willing to make an offer. Usually, your agent will have trusted stagers that they can refer to you.