Preparing to Sell
Getting your House Ready... Preparing to Sell
Part of your decision to sell your home should include questions on how to prepare your home to sell. How much money should you invest in preparing the home to sell? What items should be addressed in order for the home to “sparkle” and attract a buyer?
Again, this can be difficult since many people are very attached to their stuff. After many years of living in a house, clutter can collect where the home owner may not even notice it. The less stuff you have the bigger and brighter a room will appear. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but no matter how neat the stacks of mail are, they are still clutter. Kitchen countertops should be cleared off, closets and garages should be organized. This is also a great time to get rid of, or pack away excess furniture. Go room by room, take a step back and pretend you a homebuyer. Make sure to clean each room as you de-clutter. Now that the shelves are empty you will be able to see more duct than before so don’t forget to clean those areas. It may be helpful to hire a professional cleaner to come in prior to and periodically during the home selling process.
Preparing to Sell - Fixing Up the House Interior
Preparing to Sell - Fixing Up Outside the House
While our personal preference is to have the front door red, regardless the front door should be especially sharp. If the door needs refinishing or repainting, make sure to get that done. Polish any fixtures. Make sure the lock works easily and the key fits properly. When a homebuyer comes to visit your home, the agent uses the key from the lock box to unlock the door. If there is trouble working the lock while everyone else stands around twiddling their thumbs, this sends a negative first impression to prospective homebuyers.