Preparing to Sell
Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Repair. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs are displayed, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, grays, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to stage. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. And if hiring someone from outside isn’t in your budget, or you’d rather do it yourself, there are plenty of ways and cost-effective options when it comes to staging your home. Think of it as a little makeover—if it’s done right, buyers will notice the beauty and possibilities; not the flaws.