If you're ready to put your home on the market, it is time to prepare it for potential buyers. While homes do sell if you don't make any preparations, they sell much faster with prep and staging. In most cases, customers want to sell their homes as quickly as possible to reduce the time it takes to process the sale, pay on utilities that are not being used and alleviate the stress of selling. So, how to get your home ready to sell?
Cleaning and De-Cluttering
Okay, so no one wants to buy a dirty house. Even if your home is messy, it can look dirty to a buyer. Start by paring down extraneous papers, accessories and those piles of newspapers that you haven't gotten to yet. Box up recyclables to take to the recycling center, donate anything that is in good condition, and then hire a professional cleaner to come in and really give your house a good, old-fashioned scrubbing. Your home will look clean and smell fresh for visitors. If you are not living there anymore, you can also take out the majority of your belongings and just leave behind the furniture and accessories that you need for staging.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a landscaper, you should trim bushes and trees and get your lawn and garden in order to sell your home. The outside gives buyers the first impressions of your house so take good care to make it looks its best.
Other outdoor fixes are freshening up paint on your home and garage, sweeping patios and walkways and if the weather permits, hanging a few baskets of flowers around your home.
Staging is an excellent method of helping buyers visualize themselves in your home. You can hire someone to stage your home or do it yourself. Professional stagers know what works and keep up-to-date on the marketplace. Your realtor will be able to refer you to someone who is good at their job. Stagers work to simplify the flow of the spaces in the home, giving them a fashionable and comfortable appearance while adding splashes of color with inexpensive accessories such as throw pillows and vases placed strategically around the house. One hint for do-it-yourself stagers is to bake cookies before buyers come over. The scent wafts through the house, giving everyone a positive, nurturing feeling.