Anyone else cringe when you think about the task of preparing your home to sell? I’m not going to tell you it’s easy, but if you break it down into categories it seems less daunting. Since you’re probably searching for a home as well, it’s best to get yourself into the mindset of a buyer. Now is the time to start thinking about everything you would want to see in your future home.
1) Curb Appeal
Your home's exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see. That’s why maintaining your landscape and sprucing up your home’s exterior are imperative in making a good first impression! For starters, give your siding, porch, and patios a good power wash. Next, add fresh mulch and trim any bushes that need attention. Paint the front door to really make it pop! There’s no need to sculpt a brand new lawn. Keeping it fresh and decluttered will make it look neat. Top it off with fresh flowers, potted and planted in beds, and you’ll get plenty of heads turning as they drive by!
Home maintenance is a pain to many homeowners, but it’s crucial to survey your required repairs before selling your home. No potential buyer wants to visit a home only to find surprise mold, a faulty water heater, or a little section of the carpet that the cat claimed years ago...Take a look at each room, make a list, and go from there!
3) Spring Clean!
If you’re selling in the spring or early summer, chances are you may have already started the spring cleaning process. Congrats! For those of us who haven’t gotten around to it yet, it’s time to pay attention to the areas of your home that are neglected throughout the year: windows, drapes and table linens, air vents, ovens (yes, buyers open them…), the upper corners of the room where cobwebs hide, light switches, filters, crown molding, etc. Don’t forget to clean your floors from hardwood to carpets. And hey, you can always hire a professional to deep clean everything!
Nothing makes an interior pop like freshly painted walls and trim. This will make the buyer feel a sense of newness even if your home was built in 1934. The trick to creating a calm, crisp, and clean environment is to stick with neutral colors such as grey, beige, or cream. Bright pink Pepto Bismol walls will not make your buyer feel at ease in their future abode. If you’re not up for the challenge of painting or picking out colors, there are tons of local painters who would be happy to help!
It’s time to detach yourself from the place you once called home. Think of it as your asset rather than your home. By decluttering, trashing or donating, then reorganizing your belongings, you are helping the buyer envision him- or herself as the new owner. If you’ve overpowered the room with family photos and various knickknacks, the buyer is not going to feel at ease. Light decor is fine, but your surfaces should no longer be covered with a menagerie of stuff. Think like a minimalist. An added bonus: once you’ve decluttered (and hopefully donated), you don’t have to take that extra stuff to your next home!