You may be ready to sell, but is your home ready to sell….
Ok, so you have decided to put your home on the market. Whether you are using a real estate professional to market your home or you are going it alone, you need to seriously ask yourself if you are REALLY ready to sell your home. It is imperative to put your best foot forward right from the start. If you have a pile of lawn debris sitting in your yard, a front door that needs painting, gutters that need cleaned out, general clutter around the house or any other item on the “to-do” list, it needs to be done BEFORE your home ever hits the market. A car dealership would never put a dirty car for sale on their lot so why would you show your home without tying up loose ends? First impressions are everything. It is a good practice to have a friend or neighbor walk though and give you honest feedback. Don’t get your feelings hurt, after all you want to sell your house right? Don’t overlook the little things either. Consider the following 10 tips to help sell your home:
- Let the natural light in and make sure your windows are clean.
- Keep the drive and walk ways blown off.
- Remove family photos and excessive furnishings (less is more).
- Start packing early, removing infrequently used items makes rooms and storage areas appear larger.
- Make sure your home smells inviting, bake cookies before a showing or use scented products (just go easy).
- Maintain the lawn appropriately (mow in season, rake leaves, plant flowers, etc).
- Ensure you don’t have any burnt out light bulbs.
- Draw attention to the highlights of your home (if you have a beautiful dining room, put out your best place settings and a fresh flower centerpiece).
- You may have impeccable taste however, not everybody shares the same since of style. Tame down bold decor or color choices to subtle and neutral tones.
- Fix that loose door knob, crooked drawer pull, squeaky hinge or any other little thing that you have been putting off and just learned to live with!
A good rule of thumb is to step out of your shoes and into the buyers. Of course you have emotional investment in your home, just don’t let that cloud your judgement. A great real estate agent will be able to identify areas in need of attention, make sure your property stands out to potential buyers and confirm that you are in fact ready to sell your home! Please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation.