Prep Your Home to Sell Quickly
It is no secret that furnished homes show better than empty homes. If you are living in your home while it is on the market, you have some work ahead of you in order to present your home in the best light to buyers and help it sell quickly. You want your home to show like a model home but still have a warm inviting feel. It definitely isn’t easy to pare down clutter or keepsakes in your home, but remember you are going to have to remove all of those things from the property when you sell, so you are really just getting a head start on your moving and minimizing the stress you’ll incur later.
First, you will want to de-clutter rooms so they appear larger and more appealing to potential buyers. You will also want to de-personalize a space by packing away family photos, religious items and collections that may turn off a buyer. Be sure to pay extra attention to clutter traps such as bookshelves, countertops, drawers, closets, and storage areas. Pack these items in boxes and make arrangements to store these things outside of your home. Though often neglected, cleaning out and de-cluttering closets is just as important as other rooms. Show off how much storage your home has. It’s a big bonus for buyers.
When you have de-cluttered your space, it’s time to take a look at the layout of each room. You may need to remove furniture from rooms to create more space or make the flow more open. If you have two big plush couches jammed in your media room don’t be afraid to take one out. Also pay attention to the arrangement of furniture. It is not always best to push furniture against the walls, try floating your furniture away from walls for a more modern feel. Lastly, make sure each room has a distinct specific purpose. If you have a room that you use mostly as storage try to re-purpose it into an office that will add value to your home in a buyers eyes.
Now that your rooms are more open and organized, it is time to take a closer look at small fixes that you can do. Fix squeaky doors, tighten drawer pulls and fix those crooked mini-blinds. Chances are if something has been bothering you it will bother potential buyers as well. Buyers these days are looking for move-in ready homes. Repainting is a great way to make a lived-in home look closer to the new construction that most buyers dream of.
The hard part is done. You are ready for your first showing, but there are still a few things you can do to put the final touches on your home and impress buyers. When showing your home you want to make sure it feels as warm and welcoming as possible. Make sure every inch of your home is clean and smells great. You may even want to spend a little extra money and get your home professionally cleaned. Turn on all lights, open the blinds, and add fresh flowers to rooms to bring a fresh bright feel.