Prepare Your Home for Sale: Advice from a Realtor

Washing Vinyl Siding of HouseDo you want your home to sell quickly and for a good price? Of course you do! Properly preparing your home can help make that happen. Here’s what you need to do.

Come Up With a  Game Plan

Walk through your home, room by room, with your Realtor®. They will offer suggestions and ideas for how to make sure your home makes the best possible first impression. He or she may suggest paint colors, cleaning tips, or furniture placement.

Preparing Yourself Emotionally

Remember to do your best to disassociate yourself emotionally from your home. Your Realtor® has your best interests at heart, and his or her suggestions are not criticisms. It can help to pretend that your home has already sold, and to start referring to it as “property.” Envision the buyers that are right for your property, and look at things through their eyes.

Get Inspections

While not officially required at this point in the process, having your home professionally inspected early on will save you from surprises later. You’ll be able to address any issues early, and make your home much more appealing to buyers. Be sure to check with your Realtor before making any repairs or changes to your home!

Make Things Clean and Pretty

This one should be a no-brainer. A clean home is an attractive home, and an attractive home will sell much faster! Simple things like cleaning inside light fixtures and replacing bulbs with newer, brighter ones can make a surprising difference in the overall appeal of your home.

Replace dingy, cracked, faded, or out-of-date light switch covers, light fixtures, or cabinet hardware. Above all, be sure to give your home a good cleaning–and don’t forget the insides of closets and cabinets! Buyers will look inside to evaluate the storage in your home.

If possible, pack extra “stuff” into uniform boxes and stack them neatly in the garage or another storage area. You’ll declutter your home, and get a head start on packing!

Don’t Forget Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the first impression your property makes when viewed “from the curb.” And you know what they say about first impressions! Read Mikki’s blog post on Curb Appeal

Contact us if you need advice about how to prepare your home for sale