So You’re Going to List Your Home
With the high inventory of homes on the market today, homebuyers can afford to be choosy. Buyers are looking for the best! A home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it’s not in pristine condition. Follow these simple tips to help get your home in selling condition!
Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression! Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden, and plant flowers. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home’s siding.
Make the front door inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb. Maybe even buy a new welcome mat!
Make repairs. It’s finally time to tackle the honey-do list! In a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers. Also pay attention to minor details that can be repaired to give an updated look to your home.
Remove clutter and depersonalize. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Remove anything overly personal (family photos, kids’ artwork on the fridge, etc.) Also, messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn’t have enough storage space. Storage space is a huge selling point for many buyers! Invest in boxes or dividers to help make your space look more organized.
Tone down your colors. You might like your brightly colored home, but buyers may not. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. This will allow them to focus on the space, rather than draw their attention to
Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells (think fresh flowers, freshly baked cookies, and candles).