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Prepping for Buyers: 8 Unexpected Tips for Getting a House Ready to Sell

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 11 September 2019 09:55

If you want to sell your home, preparation is the key. Whether you're a realtor or homeowner, start with these crucial tips for getting a house ready to sell.

Are you getting a house ready to sell right now?

You should, of course, do what you can to improve the curb appeal of the home. Almost 100% of National Association of Realtors members say that having good curb appeal is key when selling a home.

But giving your curb appeal a boost isn't the only thing you should do when you're getting a home ready to go up on the market. Here are eight unexpected tips that will increase your chances of selling your home for top dollar.

 

1. Take Down Any Family Photos Hanging Up in Your Home

You and your family have probably made a lot of great memories in your home. You might think that showing off some of these memories in the form of family photos will help convince another family to buy your home from you.

But in reality, these family photos can do more harm than good. They can prevent people from being able to imagine themselves living in your home. They can also distract them when they're taking a walk through your home.

As part of getting a house ready to sell, take down your family photos and put them into storage. Remove other personal items, too, so that people can envision themselves living in your home when they're checking it out for the first time.

 

2. Open Your Window Treatments and Let Natural Light Shine In

If you have gorgeous window shutters, blinds, or shades hanging on the windows in your home, you might be tempted to try and show them off when you're showing your house to buyers. You paid a lot of money for them, so why not shine a spotlight on them?

Just one problem: These days, buyers want to see how much natural light streams into a home. And they're not going to be able to tell when you have your window treatments closed.

Open your window treatments—and your windows, if possible—to welcome sunlight and fresh air into your home. People will love how pleasant these things make your home feel.

 

3. Remove Any Furniture That Is Too Big and Bulky

Do you have an oversized sectional sitting in the middle of your living room and taking up almost the entire space?

It might work well for you and your family. But other families might be put off by how small the space feels because of your large sectional. They might wonder whether or not the room will be big enough for them.

Take any big, bulky furniture from your home and place it into storage. Stage your home with furniture that's more appropriately sized for the space. With a little luck, it'll make your home look bigger than it is.

 

4. Ask Someone to Tell You If Your House Has an Unpleasant Smell

Most homes have a distinct smell. When visitors walk into the home, they pick up on it right away.

In some cases, this smell is very pleasant and welcoming. But in others, the smell is unpleasant and offputting. These types of smells can be caused by any number of things.

At this point, you probably don't smell anything when you walk into your home because you're used to it. But someone who isn't in your home a lot will be able to detect it immediately.

Ask them to tell you if you should be concerned about the smell. If it's something that could send buyers running for the hills, you should make every effort to identify the source of the smell and eliminate it.

Something as simple as cleaning your carpeting can do away with smells and make your home more attractive to buyers.

 

5. Paint Your Walls Neutral Colors

You might love the bright red paint on the walls in your kitchen or the lime green paint in your bathroom. But there's a good chance that buyers will hate it.

Sure, some of them might think these colors work well in your home. But the majority of them will get hung up on the paint colors and struggle to see themselves living in a home with those colors on the walls—even though paint colors are easy enough to change.

Spend a weekend or two repainting your walls neutral colors. It'll make a big difference in the way people view your home.

 

6. Organize Closets and Any Other Storage Spaces

Does your home have tons of storage space? If so, show it off by keeping your closets and other storage areas as neat as you can.

Is your home lacking in the storage department? Avoid drawing too much attention to it by organizing your storage areas to make the most of them.

Either way, you want to make it appear as though your home has all the storage space a family could ever want or need. Storage is something that's important to many home buyers.

 

7. Bring in a Pest Control Specialist for an Inspection

If you suspect you might have a pest problem in your home, the last thing you want to do is sell it to someone and make it their problem. You can't sell a home that's infested with mice, cockroaches, termites, or another type of pest with a clear conscience.

Call on a pest control specialist to help rid your home of pests. You might even want to call on one to provide you with mosquito control services so that the outside of your home is pest-free, too.

 

8. Trim Trees That Look Like They Might Pose a Threat

Is there a huge tree sitting just outside your home that hasn't been trimmed in years now? It could very well have branches hanging over your home that could do damage to it during a bad storm.

Trim back these kinds of trees so that buyers aren't concerned about them. Trimming a tree can keep your home safe and improve the aforementioned curb appeal in the process.

 

Getting a House Ready to Sell Can Bring in Bigger Offers

If you sell your home without making any improvements to it, it might take a longer time to sell. It might also not fetch the types of offers you were hoping for.

Consider getting a house ready to sell by using the tips mentioned here. They'll make buyers feel better about placing strong offers for your home.

Check out our blog for more tips on making the proper preparations prior to selling a home.

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