10 Tips To Get Your Home In Top Shape For Sale
Mar 25, 2021
10 Tips To Get Your Home In Top Shape For Sale
Getting a home ready to sell is a stressful task for anyone.
But don't worry, there are some simple things you can do to take control of the process, help make your home more marketable, and lower your stress level.
Here are 10 things you can do to get your home in top shape for sale.
GET A LISTING AGENT
No matter what we think, no one person can know everything there is to know; that's why it's important to lean on experts.
Before you put your home on the market, seek out a reliable real estate agent - like our talented team at Orizon Real Estate - who can help you navigate the market.
When interviewing a potential realtor, ask them about how much knowledge they have about your neighborhood and area and their expertise in selling homes. Your realtor should be able to give you a detailed plan on how they intend to help you sell your home.
CLEAN YOUR HOME
Take the time to give your home a thorough cleaning before you place it on the market.
First impressions are vitally important, so that means you're going to have to get down and dirty. Scrub your tile, shine your toilet, shampoo your carpets. Really go deep. Consider hiring cleaning professionals if you've got stubborn stains or problem areas.
If you've been slacking on your yearly home maintenance, now is the time to catch up on your maintenance checklist.
GET RID OF THE CLUTTER
It's the perfect time to downsize while you're busy cleaning up your house for a sale.
Potential buyers don't want to see a messy home. By organizing and cleaning up your clutter, you allow buyers to focus on whether they are interested in the actual home instead of tripping over tchotchkes.
As a bonus, this is an opportunity for you to get rid of things you don't actually want (or need) before you move into a new home.
ADD A FRESH COAT OF PAINT
This is one of the best ways to revitalize your home in a short amount of time.
Stick to neutral colors, like whites or light grays, to help brighten up the rooms in your home and give the illusion of more space. Add color back into your rooms with decorations or artwork.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Light colored paints will help add light and size to your rooms, but so will proper lighting.
Make sure that all your lights are turned on in your home as potential buyers visit; check all your bulbs and make sure they're working. If your bulbs are dim, consider replacing them with brighter versions.
Open all your blinds and curtains (and don't forget to wash your windows) and let in the natural light.
MAKE MINOR REPAIRS
While you're cleaning and repainting, you're likely going to find small things that need to be fixed - a loose handle here, a leaky faucet there.
Take the time to make the minor repairs that you've been putting off. If you're not sure how to make the repairs yourself, call a handyman and have them handle repairs.
If you don't make these small repairs, you risk giving the impression that your home isn't well cared for and losing a potential sale.
TAKE YOURSELF OUT OF IT
There's going to be a lot of your personality in your home. That's fine when you're living there, but it makes it more challenging for a potential buyer to envision themselves living in your house. Box up family photos, memorabilia, and collections and keep things as neutral as possible.
STAGE YOUR HOME
After you've cleaned your home and depersonalized it, it's time to start thinking about staging it to make it more attractive for potential buyers.
Focus on rooms and give each a singular purpose and add simple decorations around that purpose. For example, a junk room can quickly become a guest bedroom, a small office, or a sitting room.
If you're stumped on staging, don't fret and hire a professional!
GET PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
If you've gone to the trouble to update, clean, repair, and stage your home, you don't want to spoil your listing with poor photographs.
Nearly 95 percent of home buyers used the internet to search for a home in 2017. That's a big deal!
You're doing yourself a disservice if you're listing your home online without clear, high resolution, well-lit photos. That's why Orizon Real Estate provides professional photographs as part of our listing package.
DON'T FORGET CURB APPEAL
A potential buyer is going to make decisions on your home before they even step inside. Curb appeal is super important!
When preparing your house for sale, don't neglect the outside. Make some small additions to the landscaping if the season is right. Make sure your exterior lights are all in working order. Fix or update your mailbox if needed. Consider a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Add some flowerpots. If you have some outdoor repairs, have your handyman fix them up after fixing up the ones indoors.
ORIZON IS READY TO HELP YOU LIST TODAY
Are you preparing to sell your home? Our experienced real estate agents are ready to help get you listed today. We'll help you get your home in top shape to sell so you have less to stress about. Call 260-248-8961 to connect with an Orizon Real Estate agent today!