Are you going to be putting your home on the market soon? Are you wondering what is the best use of time with tasks you can do to prepare your home to be listed and seen by potential buyers? Here are some good ideas for getting your home ready to put on the market.
Buyers are looking for ‘that feel’. They want to walk into a house and have it feel warm and inviting. Effective use of space, furnishings, paint and accessories can do wonders in this area. You don’t want to make the buyer ask “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?”
You want buyers to say: “I can see myself living here.”
The rooms in your house that matter the most are the Kitchen, Living Room, Master Bedroom, and Master Bathroom. You really want to impress potential buyers with these spaces. Focus on updating, de-personalizing, de-cluttering, and neutralizing these spaces.
When a home is staged, it sells quicker, for a better price, and with fewer negotiations. If you take the time to do home repairs, and spend some money up front for staging and upgrades, it will pay off in the end.
Disassociate yourself with your home.
-Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house- a product to be sold.”
-The way you live in your home, and the way that your home is marketed and sold, are two very different things.
-Make a mental decision to ‘let go’ of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
-Say goodbye to every room.
-Don’t look backwards-look forward to the future.
De-Personalize and De-Clutter
-Pack up personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts and you don’t want them to be distracted.
-People collect an amazing quantity of junk. If you don’t need it, donate it or throw it away.
-A big part of staging is just packing up early! Pack away things you can live without for awhile. Make sure closets and cabinets aren’t overcrowded.
-Pack away knickknacks and collectibles. It is distracting to buyers. We want them to stay focused on the house.
-Clean off kitchen counters. Find a home for your toaster, coffee maker, mixer, etc. in a cabinet or pantry.
-In the bathroom, put toiletry and shower items out of sight and into a container that can be stored under the sink.
-Storage areas and garages need to be addressed as well! These spaces need to be organized and de-cluttered.
Streamline Closets and Cabinets
-Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if things are messy and disorganized. Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if they see everything organized and neatly in its place. It says you probably take good care of the rest of your home as well. Fabric bins, woven baskets, and plastic storage containers give a wonderful organized and streamlined look.
-A few ideas to get you started: Neatly stack dishes, turn coffee cup handles facing the same way, hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same way on white hangers, line up your shoes, straighten and color coordinate stacks of towels in the linen closet, organize food by size and type in the pantry.
Rent a Storage Unit or POD
-Almost every home shows better with less furniture.
-Give each room a single purpose. You don’t want the buyer wondering “Now what is this room used for?”
Make Minor Repairs
-Patch holes in walls.
-Touch up paint on walls and trim.
-Fix leaky faucets.
-Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
-Replace burned out light bulbs.
-Repaint walls in warm neutral colors. (You don’t want buyers to remember your home as “that house with the orange bathroom”)
-If you have considered replacing worn bedding---Do so now! Especially in the master. The master needs to have the feel of a luxury hotel room.
-Less is more when it comes to window coverings. Remove heavy draperies. Open blinds and let the light shine in.