7 Steps to Preparing Your Home for Sale
When it comes to selling your home, the little things can really make a difference. When you have a list of things you know you need to do to get your home ready for the sale, you can stay focused and efficient as you prepare. We hope these 7 steps for preparing your home for sale will help you along the way and make the whole process less stressful and overwhelming.
1.Say Goodbye to Your Home
Before you open your home to others or even try to get started getting it ready for the sale, you need to say goodbye to it. You need to remember that it’s just a building now. A place. It’s not your identity and you are headed for bigger and better things.
Begin to see your home as a product and try and distance your emotions from it and focus them on the future. Say goodbye to every room if you need to – you will always have your memories and selling your house won’t take those away from you.
2.Remove the “You” From Every Room
Buyer like to imagine themselves in the home and it’s hard for them to do that if you have walls of family photos and that unique heirloom piece that your great aunt gave you when you moved in that’s very much your style, but not everyone’s cup of tea.
Remove your family photos and anything else that is very personal to your family. If you have furniture that is very specific in it’s style and taste, consider changing them out for something understated and neutral.
Go throughout your home and declutter anything you can. If you haven’t used it recently, considering letting go of it so you don’t have to pack it up and take it to your new home. If you have things you know you want to keep but that are visual clutter, go ahead and pack them up and simplify your spaces to maximize the appeal.
Take the time to declutter bookshelves, counters, and cabinets so they look roomier and less complicated and personal. You don’t have to empty them, but a little decluttering can go a long way. The added bonus to doing this now, before your home is bought, is that you won’t have to pack it all up later when you’re trying to rush around and move out.
4.Thin Down Your Furniture
Since you’ve already decluttered a bit, if the bookcase isn’t adding to the look of the room, consider putting it in storage. If you have a tight space and a large dining table and with an extra leaf or two for entertaining guests or enjoying family meals, remove the leaf(s) and store them so the room feels larger.
The goal here is to remove any extra furniture that makes the room feel crowded and too personal. Leave enough furniture to help the room show well and define its purpose so the buyer can imagine their own stuff in the room, but nothing more.
While you’re at it, if you can afford it, work with a professional stager to help your rooms make the most impact and visual appeal.
5.Remove and Consider Replacing Things You Are Taking with You
Before you ever photograph or show your home, go through it and make sure you have removed anything that would go with the house that you want. For example, if you know you are going to take the antique light fixture in the foyer and the custom drapes in the office, remove them now. By not letting the buyer ever see these items, you won’t have to worry about the conversations later about what’s included or what the buyer may want, which may be a deal breaker for them.
6.Clean it All Up
When you’re listing your home, you want it to shine. Every little nook and cranny should be clean and fresh so the buyer feels like they need to sign on the dotted line to get this shiny, new amazing place. This means possibly renting a pressure washer to wash your siding, deck, and porch. Re-caulking the tubs, showers, and sinks so they look fresh and new. Washing the windows and polishing the plumbing fixtures. Hang fresh towels and make your appliances sparkle. Nothing is off limits to a buyer’s eye.
You’ll still be living there, so you won’t have a spotless home, but you can do some major cleaning so when it’s time to a showing, you only need to tidy a little before the potential buyer walks through the door. If you don’t have the time or desire to handle the cleaning process yourself, hire a team to take it off your hands. It is worth the investment.
7.Make Minor Repairs and Changes to Maximize Appearances
Go through every room and look for anything that needs repairs. Holes in the walls, peeling paint, cracked floor tiles, doors that won’t close, and burned-out lightbulbs are all things you should look for. Repair and replace the things you need to in order to make the home look well taken care of and new.
If you have walls that are painted unique or dark colors, consider painting them a neutral color that appeals to many buyers or offers them a blank canvas to style as they like.
Selling a home can be an emotional time, but if you remember that it’s just a building and it doesn’t define you, you’ll be able to walk through it with fresh eyes and a buyer’s perspective, so you can get it ready. A home that’s well taken care of, staged, and depersonalized will sell better than one that feels too personal and needs some work. When you’re ready to sell your home, our team of experienced agents can help. Call us today at (931) 261-9001 to get started.