What does that mean? How do you get your home ‘ready to sell?’ Take a look at these tips and by the time you list your home, you’ll be better prepared to wow potential buyers.
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You’re going to have to be merciless with this one. Take a good, long look at your home. What’s in the way, doesn’t belong, and is just another spot to collect dust? Put it in a box, in the closet, or in storage, but get it out of the way. People want to imagine themselves living in this home, not wondering where your knick-knack collection came from and if you’ve dusted it recently.
Paint Your Walls
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If you’ve recently repainted, you may just need to touch up spots where the furniture has rubbed or where little sticky fingers attacked it with a crayon. But if it’s been a few years, now is the time to find a nice, bright but neutral color and give your walls a facelift. You’ll be amazed at the difference a coat of paint can make in your home.
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You may even want to consider hiring a cleaning service if it feels overwhelming, but this is the time to get into every nook and cranny of your room and get it squeaky clean. Steam clean the carpets. Wipe down the baseboards. Move furniture out of the way and get into the corners you haven’t thought about for a few months. Don’t forget ceiling fans, blinds, and curtains. No corner should go untouched.
Fix the Little Things
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You know that loose door handle or leaky faucet you keep meaning to fix? Now is the time to take care of it. A home inspection may turn up problems you couldn’t find on your own, but you know the problems you’ve ignored. Take care of them now so potential buyers get the best possible view of your home from the moment they walk in. Being proactive on these little items will pay dividends in the end.
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You’ve heard it a million times - curb appeal is everything, and it is. This is a buyer’s first impression of your home. Make it a good one. Clean or repaint your front door. Mow the lawn, trim the bushes, and weed the flower beds. Add new mulch and colorful flowers to your beds. Pick up toys, clean the outdoor furniture, and make sure your mailbox is upright and not dented. Paint the garage door, pressure wash the brick outside your home, your driveway, and the walkways.
Be Prepared to Keep It Up
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Once you’ve got the inside and outside of your home sparkling, possibly looking better than when you moved in, you’ve got to keep it like this until you get an offer and a closing date. Buyers may want to see your home at any time, and if you don’t maintain all of your hard work, they’ll never know how nice your home looked when it first came on the market. A little known fact of selling a home: It’s never as clean as when you’re trying to sell it, but it will be worth it in the end.
After you take care of the obvious things, sit down with your listing agent and get their advice on what you can do to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. The idea is to sell your home for at least your asking price and quickly to happy buyers. Working together, we can make that happen for you.