5 Things to Consider When Getting Ready to Sell

Posted on August 11, 2020 by Amy Sand

Getting your house ready to sell:

1.) Invest in a professional deep house clean before you list it

New home buyers will see everything that you don’t. Invest in getting the house professionally cleaned before your first showing.  It also makes it easier to keep clean for showings there after, and the buyers know they are getting a home that was well taken care of. Also, consider having your windows professionally cleaned to give your home a lighter feel and show off all of your amazing views.

2.) Clear clutter and family pictures

Staging your home helps you highlight your home’s strengths, hide its weaknesses and helps it appeal to buyers. It’s important to remove clutter and depersonalize your home.  Start selling things from around your house that you no longer need.

Removing the clutter gives your home the feeling of having more space. Depersonalizing your home will give home buyers the opportunity to imagine living in your home.

Family pictures on the wall aren’t necessarily bad, but when your walls are loaded with pictures it can turn a buyer off.  Take down clutter from the fridge, kids walls, and as many family pictures as you can. Allow the buyer to see themselves in your house.

3.) Highlight accents in the house

During the pandemic priorities have changed. Have a great backyard or a home office? Make sure you de-clutter and stage the backyard. If you have outdoor seating and tables think about setting the table before you take photos or show. Also, many of us are working from home and your home office should be de-cluttered and staged for photos as well.

4.) Turn the heat up a few more degrees (especially in the winter)

Do not keep your house cold during a showing (unless it is in the summer). You want them to come inside and feel comfortable.

If you are selling a house during a colder time of year, turn your heat up a few extra degrees. This will make them feel warm and right at home.

5.) Pack up unnecessary items into moving boxes

Last but not least.  Pack up things you don’t need and stage your home. Give your home a clean, minimalist appearance.

If you have a dusty bookshelf of old books, pack them up and put the book shelf into storage.
 De-clutter as much as you can before you sell it, and when it sells you will be well on your way to being packed to move.

Bonus Tips:

Make sure your home has good landscaping- plant some flowers, paint the door, reseal the driveway

Get all of those little or even big problems fixed in the house.

Replace heavy bedspreads and tablecloths with lighter fabrics to continue the softer feel.

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