Getting your house ready to list can be stressful. Your real estate agent can guide you through the process and tell you about all the things that you need to do to get your home ready to sell. But if you’re just beginning the process, or just thinking about selling your home, we’ve compiled a list of things to add to your home listing to-do list.
Clean Outside and Inside
Curb appeal is very important when selling your home. It’s the first thing buyers will be looking at and the last thing they see when they leave the house. Take a long look at the exterior of your home – could it use a paint job? Does the porch need to be fixed? Look at the other homes on your street and in your neighborhood and think of some ways to make your home stand out.
It’s also time to clean up your landscaping – plant some new plants, add mulch to your flower beds, and in general just give the outside of your home some color and life. In addition to maintaining your green space – clean everything outside! Buyers will want to inspect everything on the property when visiting the house so make sure that sheds, garages, and the backyard is decluttered and beautiful.
Cleaning on the inside of your home seems like a no-brainer, but if you want to truly impress buyers, it’s important. Clean out closets, cabinets and drawers, pull out furniture and clean away all the dust bunnies and cobwebs that we tend to ignore in our own homes. Clean grout lines in the bathroom and kitchen, make sure your windows are spotless, and shampoo any carpet you may have. If you have a large home, it may be a smart idea to hire a cleaning company. They will have the equipment necessary to get your home clean in a timely manner.
Declutter and Depersonalize
It’s so easy to collect stuff throughout the years and we all want to showcase our personality in our homes. But for potential buyers, walking through houses and seeing the homeowner’s personal belongings and clutter can be very off-putting. Buyers need to be able to imagine their family and their things inside that house get your things out of the way so they can do that. If needed, rent a storage unit while you’re selling your home so you have a place for your things that’s temporary and easy to get to.
Also take a look around your home and notice what finishings may be screaming your personal style. Do you have a hot pink bathroom or a disco ball light fixture somewhere? It’s a good idea to neutralize your home before you let buyers in. Grab some light grey or light blue paint for that bathroom, switch out that disco ball for a plain light fixture, and make sure that your personal style isn’t reflecting in your house.
Fix Major Problems
If any repair work needs to be done to the home that would impact the value, now is the time to do it. Get your plumbing and electrical checked out, fix any interior cosmetic issues — like holes in the wall, broken hinges, etc. — and check to make sure that everything in the house works and is functioning properly. Buyers are going to ask about things that could spell trouble — and money — later on such as the HVAC, roof repairs, plumbing and electrical, structural concerns, etc. Make sure all of these things are in good working order and you have a history of when things were constructed, repaired, or maintained.
Get it Staged
Sometimes it’s a good idea to get your home staged before you sell. Staging a home is when all of your items — furniture, linens, cookware, etc. — is removed from the home and new furniture and decor is brought in. It’s an added cost, but could help to add value to your home and ensure that you get what you’re asking for. A professional stager can help bring out your home’s natural style and character while also keeping the point-of-view of the buyer in mind. Removing your decor and having your home staged can help to eliminate any of your personal style that may distract buyers from seeing what the house has to offer.
Get Help from a Professional
The best thing to do if you’re considering selling your home, is to talk to a real estate agent. They will guide you through the process and help you decide which projects will bring value to your home and make it more attractive to buyers. If you’re thinking about selling your home but don’t know where to begin, try our online home valuation tool as a starting point. One of our experienced realtors here at Vsells & Associates will be in touch with you so we can discuss your home and your dreams, and how we can help. Contact us today to get started. Let’s move forward, together.