Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
Getting Your Home Ready to SellSpring fever is in full bloom, which means the weather is warming up, flowers are showing off their new colors, birds are chirping – and homeowners are getting the springtime itch to sell their house! Traditionally, the spring is the hottest time to sell, but before you put the sign in your yard, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. While you don’t need a complete remodel to successfully sell your home, a little spruce up goes a long way to closing the sale quickly.
Curb appeal is crucial because it is the “face” of your home – the first thing people see – so you want to make a good first impression. Take a walk around your property and make a list of everything that needs to be done. Are there trees and shrubs that are overgrown? Holes in the yard that need to be filled? Any damage to the home’s exterior that needs to be repaired? Are your gutters cleaned out and properly attached? Are your front and back porches clean and free of debris (don’t forget the entryway doors)?
Clutter makes any space feel smaller. Now is the time to go room-by-room and purge! Begin by marking three large bins as donate, recycle, trash. Place items in the appropriate bin and make sure you process each bin by the end of the day. Having loaded bins sit around your home for days will impede your progress.
During this process, it’s easy to forget certain areas – so here’s your reminder. Include the pantry, bathroom cabinets and drawers, kitchen cabinets and drawers, mudroom, foyer, and all closets.
With all of your spaces free from clutter, it’s time to clean. Nothing makes a better impression on a potential home buyer than a home that sparkles and shines. Working one room at a time, begin cleaning from top-to-bottom and left-to-right. Remove dust first by using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Then, clean all surfaces with a mixture of hot water, one teaspoon of Tide powdered laundry detergent, and a microfiber cloth. This magic mixture can be used everywhere (walls, baseboards, furniture, countertops, floors, etc.) and packs a big punch, even on stubborn stains. Don’t forget to vacuum when you’re finished cleaning.
Now that everything is clean, you can successfully take an inventory of inside repairs that need to be made. Walk through each room and make a list of anything that is damaged: sheetrock holes, holes in doors, broken switch or outlet covers, cracked tiles, toilet repairs, leaky faucets, windows – the goal is to have a critical eye as if you were a potential buyer.
Once you are finished, organize your list into repairs you can make and those that need a professional. Make a game plan to tackle them all!
You want the potential buyer to imagine themselves living in your home. Looking past your family photos or other personal items can make this difficult. Go ahead and pack these items away.
Now you are ready to list your home and watch the magic happen! A piece of important advice – this is an exciting time, don’t stress! Enjoy the process of working with your realtor, selling your home, and shopping for a new one.