If you are selling your home, chances are you are wanting to do so as quickly as possible. While this process can be challenging and time consuming, there are some steps that you can take now that will make the process of selling your home less stressful and more manageable.
Here are a few main points to consider:
Curb appeal. When a buyer is interested in touring your home, they will usually do a quick drive-by so it is extremely important that you stay on top of the curb appeal of your home.
- Mow lawn, pull weeds and reseed or add fresh sod as needed.
- Wash front windows.
- Power wash siding and walkways if possible.
- Add potted plants, a clean doormat and add front porch furniture (careful not to crowd the space)
Remember the first time you laid eyes on your home? We want the new buyers to have a similar feeling.
Remove odors. Have you ever seen the commercials asking if you are nose-blind? That is usually the case with the odors in our home. You may have pets that leave odors behind so this is a perfect time to clean the floors, carpets and wash any other surfaces as needed.
- Having your home smell clean is key! No need to spray heavily perfumed scents throughout the entire home.
- Neutralize the smells, don't mask them
Sell your home with your kitchen. Your kitchen is what sells your house. It is where potential buyers will gather to eat, laugh and spend time with family. Your kitchen needs to be as clutter free, bright and welcoming as possible.
- Clear countertops, wipe down your appliances and remove all magnets and artwork from the refrigerator.
- Organize your pantry, get rid of tupperware without lids, and remember to empty your trash bins.
If you are going to spend any money on updating your home...this is where it will make the most impact.
Clear away your clutter. Getting your home ready is a perfect time to get rid of things that you no longer use. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, closets and get rid of anything that is unsightly or you no longer use. Decluttering and organizing will also help your space look larger and will allow potential buyers to imagine their things and themselves in the home.
- Put away valuables such as jewelry, personal keepsakes, and firearms.
- Along with decluttering, remember to de-personalize your home. Remove family pictures and any other personal items that keep potential buyers from imagining themselves living there.
Moving is a great time to simplify your life by removing clutter. You will feel great about it.