So, you’ve decided to sell your house… With everything that goes into getting your home ready to sell, it can seem overwhelming. There are decisions about repairs to make, whether to update or upgrade, what to do with all your personal stuff, and the list goes on and on. Here are five ways to get that second showing without breaking the bank and losing your mind.
- Consider a prelisting inspection – This will give you an idea of any major repairs that need to be addressed before your house goes on the market.
- Fix the small stuff – Make sure everything works… switches and plugs, drains and faucets, door handles and hinges. Repair cracks in walkways and tiled areas, repaint scuffed and dingy walls, and ensure that everything is really clean. It is a good idea to have your home deep cleaned before putting it on the market. An even better idea is to spend a little extra to hire a professional to do this for you. A clean space goes a long way for a potential buyer.
- Declutter and Depersonalize – Remove oversized or excess furniture and put away family photos and keepsakes. You want to emphasize the assets of your space, and you want to give potential buyers the opportunity to visualize how they can make your house their home. Staging your home can be very effective in highlighting the most appealing details.
- Make small improvements that make a big impact – A fresh coat of paint makes any space look new, and light, neutral colors brighten the room and accentuate any natural light. Fill in nail holes, repair cracks in the walls or ceilings, and freshen up the paint on doors and trim if needed. Replace outdated light fixtures. Consider updating simple things like cabinet hardware or door knobs. To improve curb appeal, liven up your flower beds with some seasonal plants that will add life and color to your landscape.
- Keep your home show ready – Maintain your lawn and landscaping, keep rooms free of clutter, and do little things to make your home inviting. Put fresh flowers around the house. Bake cookies before a showing to give that homey feel, open the drapes to show off the natural light, and turn on lamps around the house to give a warm glow.
Think like a buyer. Remember that potential buyers are looking for a move-in ready home. Think about your favorite things about your home and highlight them. Rely on your realtor for counsel on how to best showcase your home! If you have questions about what would appeal to buyers, check with the experts.