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How to Get My House Ready to Sell

Wednesday, December 04, 2019   /   by Ariadne Gold

How to Get My House Ready to Sell

If you’ve decided to list your home and move on to the next adventure, there are some things you should do before putting your home on the market.  This will make the sale process easier, and also ensure that you get the most for your home!


 

1.       De-Clutter

Buyers are generally un-imaginative. Its hard to see past clutter, and if your home isn’t organized it will look like there isn’t much storage. I would suggest renting a storage unit for a couple of months, and store anything that you don’t absolutely need for your day to day. The less stuff in your home, the better!  Store any furniture that doesn’t add to the style. You could also hire a staging expert, who will help you decide what should stay and what should go, and how to decorate the home.


 


2.       Stage

If you are still living in the home, use your current furniture to make it look its best.  If you don’t want to hire a staging expert, you could have your Realtor or a friend walk through and suggest how to stage your current furniture. Fresh eyes can make a huge difference!  For some cheap ways to modernize your home, change out older fixtures (lights, faucets, handles) and add little touches (candles, signs, hotel quality towels) to make the bathroom feel like a spa.


 


3.       De-personalize

Again; buyers are un-imaginative.  They will have a hard time envisioning their family in the home, if there are pictures and mementos of your family everywhere. Box up those items and store them, to be displayed in your next home!  You should also paint any rooms that have personalized paint colors. Neutral is best!


 


4.       Clean

Depending on your normal level of cleanliness, it may be worth it to hire a company to do a deep cleaning. This will help your home to show the best! 


 


5.       Landscape

The outside is the first thing prospective buyers will see, so landscaping is important!  If you don’t already have them, add some flowers for a pop of color.  Make sure that any toys are put away, mow the lawn, and remove weeds.


 


6.       Complete Repairs

Cosmetic repairs are important!  If a buyer sees that there are a lot of cosmetic repairs needed (peeling paint, trim in bad condition, holes in the walls, etc.) they are going to wonder what else is wrong that they CAN’T see.  I wrote a blog about whether and which repairs to complete before selling your home, check that out for more info!


 


All these things will help your home to show its best and sell for the most, but if you overprice your home it will still sit on the market. Make sure to have a Comparative Price Analysis done by a professional who is familiar with your area!


 


As always, I’m here to help. (509) 217-7172


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