Preparing your Home

 Well before you’re ready to plant that “For Sale” sign in your front yard, there is work to be done to prepare your home for sale. Remember how keen your eye was to every small detail and defect in the houses you saw as a buyer? Now your bedroom door that never quite closed properly or  that leaky faucet that you never got around to fixing will be seen by a potential buyer with that same keen eye.  If you plan on doing some improvements before the sale, the best place to start is where the buyers start: at your curb. 

Potential buyers base a large part of their decision on a property’s “curb appeal,” so make yours say something positive. That means a tidy front yard, a house with well-painted trim, a tidy driveway and a clear, welcoming entryway.

Inside, the biggest return on your investment continues to be improvements to the kitchen, followed closely by improvements to the master bedroom. If you’re making these improvements shortly before selling the house, consider painting and decorating the rooms in neutral colors, the most appealing choice to the greatest number of potential buyers. 

Inside and outside, start reducing the clutter. When it comes time to show your home, less will mean more. Potential buyers don’t want to see how your closets overflow with clothes, how every room feels cramped with furniture, or how the yard is difficult to maneuver with that rusty swing set in the way. So downsize now; it not only will make the preparation for showing your home easier, it also will make packing for your move faster.

As a home owner staging your home can be one of the most important things you will do. First impressions do count! One of your roles as a seller will be to make your home as attractive as possible to a prospective buyer. In today’s market, the time and energy you spend can give you the edge in selling your home. Sometimes just a few small, simple fixes can make a world of difference. Remember, these are only suggestions. For some owners it may be difficult to make any improvements to their home. Together we can decide what the best course of action may be.  

Getting your home ready can range from things as simple as fixing a broken screen to hiring a professional stager. Start making the obvious repairs today – even if you don’t plan to sell until a year from now. These repairs can cost money and take time. Plus fixing it now will allow you to enjoy the results before it’s time to move out.