When you’re considering selling your home, you’ll want to present your house in the best light possible. Of course, cleaning and organizing your house before showings is a must, but there are other steps to take before your home will be ready for a buyer to see it. Below, we have crafted a check-list that home sellers should review before putting a house on the market.
Get in touch with a REALTOR®
With a REALTOR® by your side, the home selling process will be much easier. Not only can they become a valuable partner, they can also offer sound advice for getting your home ready, especially when it’s time for your first home showing. In addition, a REALTOR® can get your home listed, priced properly and marketed effectively.
Depersonalize your home
Perhaps the biggest hurdle you may face is removing any strong emotional attachment from your property. This is understandable, as it’s likely that you’ve lived in the home for many years. However, when it comes to selling your home, you must see it as a house; a piece of property no different than a car or a piece of jewelry. Once you release the emotional attachment, the process of selling your home becomes much easier.
Stow away your belongings
Consider renting a storage unit and move some of your personal items from the home. Not only will this help potential buyers see the house as “their own,” it will also take some of the sting out of getting rid of your former home, as your personal belongings will be out of sight and out of mind. You could also hold a yard sale or sell unneeded items on eBay or Craigslist.
Freshen up your home’s exterior
The inside appearance of your home is important, but what about the outside? The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Its condition will ultimately influence whether the buyer will want to step through the front door. One of the best ways to boost curb appeal is touching up your home’s paint job. Other effective methods include regularly mowing your lawn and sweeping away debris in your driveway, as well as planting and maintaining flowers in your yard.
Consider having an inspection performed
Buyers typically have the house inspected before they finalize their decision to buy. However, it can be beneficial to have an inspection performed before you even put your home on the market. If there are any issues with your home, they can be identified and even repaired before your home is listed. This can help save time for both you and the buyer during the negotiation process. In any case, it’s best to discuss with your REALTOR® whether you should have an inspection performed ahead of time.
By following these steps, you’ll greatly improve your overall home selling experience. For more tips for successfully selling your home, visit REALTOR.com.