Selling your home isn’t as easy as simply finding a real estate agent and planting a “for sale” sign in your front yard. If you want to minimize the time your house spends on the market and maximize your selling price, you need to take steps to properly prepare for your sale.
The first thing you need to do once you have decided to sell your house is to stop thinking of it as your own. Though you are still living in the house, you have to start treating it as if it belongs to someone else.
Once you have gotten into the mindset that the house is no longer yours, you have to physically make changes to make your home less personal. Though you might be proud of your collection of family photos throughout the house, they may turn off potential buyers and will make it harder for those people to visualize themselves in the home. You should take down and store any family photos that hang on the wall. Desktop photos can stay, but you should stow them in a drawer before showings and open houses. Other personal things, such as children’s art work hanging on the refrigerator, should also come down.
Once you’ve gotten rid of your family photos and other personal items, it’s time to get rid of your junk. That exercise equipment you swear you will use one day but never have, needs to go into a storage unit. If half the clothes and shoes in your closet haven’t been worn in the past year, it’s time to sell them or give them away. De-cluttering is important not only because it makes your house look cleaner and more organized but also because the less stuff you have in the house, the bigger the spaces look.
People buying an existing home realize it’s not new, but they also don’t want it to look old and run down, and they don’t want to inherit niggling little problems. For this reason, you should patch cracks in the walls, replace broken window panes and broken tiles, and fix any sticky doors and windows.
You may think your 1970s pea green walls are just delightful, but buyers won’t. To prepare for selling your home, you should paint all your walls a neutral color, such as tan. You should also replace light fixtures and window coverings that are out of date or in poor shape.
All of the things described here are part of staging your home to make it more appealing to sell. You can do most of these things on your own or with the help and advice of your real estate agent. However, if your home is a disaster or if you live in an area where buyers are very particular, you might benefit from the services of a professional. Your agent should be able to advise you about this and recommend someone to do the work.
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