Are you ready to sell your home? Don’t just put it on the market without prepping it to sell for maximum value.
It’s easy for your basic repairs and cosmetic upgrades to turn into expensive projects that will not show a sufficient return on your investment. For this reason, we recommend you speak with an agent as soon as you begin thinking about selling your home so you can get professional advice on what projects you should take on and which you should pass on.
Get Rid of your Personal Attachment to the Home
This first step is perhaps the most difficult of them all. This has been the place you’ve called home for years after all. Maybe you even raised your family in this home. If you want to maximize the value of your home, you have to break this attachment though and accept that your goal now is to make your home another person’s dream home.
This means you’ll need to remove family photos around the home, family heirlooms, and anything else that may distract a potential buyer from thinking about themselves in their new home.
We know this is tough but don’t look back, look toward the future and the excitement your new home will bring you!
De-Clutter your Home
Walk through your home as if it was the first time you’ve ever been there. Look around you and remove everything that is not essential to creating a feeling of simple warmth.
- Clear the counters and the bookshelves of all but some very simple decorative items
- Keep furniture to a minimum, too much furniture can make space feel small and cramped
- Pack as many of your clothes as you can to make your closet look larger and de-personalize the home
- Hide as many wires as you can throughout the home, especially in your office and entertainment centers
- Remove as much hanging from the walls as you can, though some basic decorative things should be kept
Basic Repairs and Upgrades
Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and inexpensive carpet through the house are generally considered wise investments. However, don’t overdo it with the upgrades as you will not get back your investment with many of the potential upgrades you may be considering.
The right upgrade can be the difference between finding a seller and your home sitting on the market for an extended period of time but it’s best you discuss these with a professional for advice before making any large investment.
As far as structural repairs are concerned, most home buyers will have a professional inspection conducted after going under contract and flag any major concerns with you that will need to be negotiated before going to closing.
Increase your Curb Appeal
You only get one chance at a good first impression so extra care should be placed on making sure your home looks inviting from the exterior. How your home appears from outside will set the tone for the rest of the tour. You could have an amazing interior but if the outside looks bad, that’s what most people will remember.
Consider making some modest investments in the landscaping and exterior features, such as:
- Paint/power wash the front entrance to the home, make it look like it is brand new
- Ensure the entry light is warm, bright, and inviting, if the fixture looks outdated, replace it
- Make sure the grass looks well-manicured, if there are any bare areas, put down fresh sod
- Get rid of the weeds, pulling weeds around the property won’t cost you anything but your time but it will make a huge difference on the appearance
- Put down fresh mulch around trees and in your flower beds, especially if trying to sell your home in the spring or summer
Stage your Rooms
Staging your home to give it great appeal can be a difficult process but it is ultimately rewarding as it will help your home sell quicker and attract more offers from buyers.
Giving your home a professional, staged appearance does not have to be expensive if done carefully.
Things to consider include:
- Make rooms look more inviting by making seating open to guests entering the room vs. directed so your backs are to the entrances
- Ensure there is a clean, fresh smell throughout the home, if there are any odors such as pets or smoke, do whatever it takes to remove these odors
- Consider some strategically placed fresh flowers in some areas of home, be careful not to overdo it
- Place a bowl of fresh fruit on a kitchen island or counter
When it comes to getting your home ready to sell, the trick is finding the right balance between making your home attractive to potential buyers and protecting your investment dollars.
If you’re ready to put your home on the market and would like professional advice on the best things to do to maximize the value of your home, we’re happy to help. Send us a quick note to introduce yourself and we’ll do whatever it takes to make your home selling experience pain free and profitable.