Selling your home can feel overwhelming especially if you don't know where to get started. Lucky for you, we have just released our new online seller's guide that walks you through preparing your home to go on the market step-by-step! This guide is based on tons of real estate expertise and techniques proven to be effective.
When getting started, you want to make sure you have a guideline for where to start and what to look for before your house is listed for sale. It is important to understand the benefits of securing a listing agent who can help guide you and make sure you're getting the most out of your real estate investment. With a little elbow grease and a small budget, you can bring out the best in your home and appeal to more buyers.
Here is a quick overview of the seller's guide! Make sure to check out the full seller's guide here for all the great information.
Step 1: Remove clutter and De-personalize!
When buyers come into your home they want to imagine it as their home. It is difficult to do that when you have your family portraits and Glamour Shots lining the walls. Especially remove any political or religious items that may evoke strong emotion from the buyers. Pack away clutter and leave clear counters and services whenever possible.
Step 2: Interior Considerations
Obviously deep cleaning your house will help to appeal to potential buyers who don't want to know what you had for dinner last night because it's still stuck to the stove. However, don't just stop with cleaning everything you can. Retouching paint, replacing old rugs, and adding fresh cut flowers are just a few of the ways you can win buyer's hearts.
Step 3: Storage and Utility Spaces
Hiding boxes in the garage or in the basement won't do the trick when nosy buyers want to open every closet and survey every square inch of your property. In real estate, everything is fair game unless stated explicitly at showings and open houses! Keep your utility spaces free of clutter, check for dead insects or rodents (seriously), sweep and mop the floors, and make the space look like it has the potential to be someone's dream man cave or artist's studio.
Step 4: Your Curb Appeal Brings All the Buyers to the Yard
A fresh wreath on the door in the winter and potted plants on the patio steps in the summer time aren't just for Martha Stewart minded home sellers. Hire a landscaper, haul off dead leaves, and hang a few tasteful decorations to make your home look well cared for. This is especially important because you will be experiencing buyers driving by your home looking to get a first impression!
Step 5: Find Yourself a Stellar Agent
It's okay to do this first. Or actually you can start working with an agent at any stage of preparing to sell your home. Utilizing their expertise can help you make the most of your efforts and know what price to expect to list your house at. Ready to talk to an agent? We can help.
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