Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the outdated wallpaper doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to be thorough, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Freshly painted trim makes a house look well maintained. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. Power wash sidewalks and driveways. Clean up landscaping and flowerbeds. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never want to see the inside.
Neutralize. You want buyers to envision themselves living in your home. If your living room is filled with lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, buyers will have a much harder time seeing your residence as their dream home. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more trendy and neutral—greige, soft greys, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Your real estate professional will help you decided which décor touches and small details will bring out the best features and various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Virtual home staging can be an affordable option and particularly useful if your home is vacant, especially old or if the exterior looks dated. If it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the flaws.