Preparation is the key to selling your home

You have made the decision to sell your home. Now what?

Getting top dollar and a speedy sale is not about luck, it is about planning.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Depersonalize you home. It’s hard, but you need to look at your home from a more objective view. The new owner doesn’t want to picture you living there; they want to picture them living there. Minimize the personal photos and family heirlooms.
  • De-clutter: perhaps the best thing you can do. If you don’t need it right then and there, get rid of it or at least pack it up and store it elsewhere. You’ll need to do this eventually anyway!
  • Rearrange and organize. Potential buyers will be looking in every nook and cranny. Make sure even your cupboards and closets are neat and orderly so they won’t feel overwhelmed. You want to portray your storage space in the best possible light.
  • Rent a storage unit. Remove any excess furniture leaving only enough to showcase the room to show its potential. Empty rooms actually look smaller than they are, but overfilled rooms are not advantageous either.
  • Remove your favorite items. It there are things such as your Grandmother’s tiffany dining room light that you would never part with; replace it now so it isn’t a topic of negotiation later.
  • Make minor repairs:

-> Replace cracked floor or counter tiles
-> Patch holes in the walls
-> Fix leaky faucets
-> Fix doors and cupboards that don’t close properly
-> Replace burnt out lights
-> Anything that is inexpensive and manageable– do it to prevent a prospect having an easy out.

  • Make your home sparkle. Wash the windows, get rid of spider webs, polish faucets and lights, clean out the frig, and air out any musty areas. Make sure your home is always dusted and vacuumed for a last minute showing.
  • Scrutinize. And get a second opinion. Look at your home from every angle. Does it feel welcoming? Does the furniture placement make sense?
  • Curb appeal. This can't be overemphasized. If a buyer doesn’t like the outside of your home, you may not get them inside! Keep sidewalks cleared of excess toys. Make sure the lawn is mowed and the shrubs are pruned. Have some cheerful flowers by the front door. A potential buyer may do a drive by.

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