Positioning your home for a successful sale requires Preparation!
If you're thinking of selling your home, keep in mind that buyers appreciate a clean look in the homes they view. You can increase the value of your home and decrease the time it takes to sell by making a few simple improvements.
Aroma is the first thing prospective buyers notice when they step inside a home. To eliminate odors, a fresh coat of paint goes a long way as will steam cleaning your carpet and washing the walls and floors with household cleaners. I typically recommend a neutral color palette while depersonalizing the property in general, which will appeal to the greatest amount of buyers.
Nothing makes a home look newer faster than exterior and interior painting. Painting your walls and removing outdated wallpaper may be the best interior improvements you can make. For broader appeal, paint in neutral colors such as beige, white, off-white, or gray. These colors suggest newness and cleanliness and can brighten a dull or outdated room. If your carpet is badly worn, outdated or stained, consider replacing it. Brighten the interior of your home by cleaning your windows and removing window treatments or curtains to let light in. Clean hanging light fixtures and add the highest-wattage bulbs allowed along with the same type of bulbs/ hue. Below are 10 suggestions to help you sell your home quickly:
Make the Most of that First Impression
Curb appeal: A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly scrubbed - front door. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. Relocate or keep the refuse containers for pictures; the fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, ad the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, "with a little work." Manage the easy fixes with a handyman: dripping water can discolor the sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark. Don't let little problems detract from what's right with your home.
Don't Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect's mind. Don't try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They're looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
Consider Your Closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
Make Your Bathrooms Sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower curtains.
Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome. Trimming the trees, lightening the load of vegetation on the fence line, improving the visibility of the home from the curb, all add up to curb appeal and perception of a well-maintained property.
To avoid listing in the slow periods and to find out how to prepare your home in the most economical yet best appealing look please contact me in advance. Preparing to sell your property a season in advance is common, and allows me to curate each listing to appeal to the target Buyer audience so we can negotiate the highest possible price.