6 Essential Steps To Get Your Home Ready for Sale

Written by Posted On Monday, 16 July 2018 10:00

Are you looking to sell your home? It's essential to do everything you can to make sure you sell it as quickly as possible for the price you want. While you can always consider moving first and hiring a staging company to make the most of your vacant home, this step may not work with your family and lifestyle. Fortunately, there are still things you can do to bump up your home's curb appeal and interior wow factor.

1. Bring in the Light

Many homes suffer from inadequate light, and this can be a big problem when it comes to impressing potential buyers. Bring in as much natural light as you can: open blinds and curtains, clean the windows, and remove branches or bushes obscuring the view.

2. Hire the Right Agent

Having the right agent on your side is vital to ensuring price negotiations go your way. A good broker can also advertise your home effectively and provide additional tips for staging. Look for a broker who is extremely familiar with the local market and both physical and online advertising strategies.

3. Choose the Right Upgrades

You may have heard that remodeling your kitchen or adding a master suite can add value to your home, but this isn't always the case. Investing in large projects right before you want to sell your home can be stressful and can lengthen the time it takes to close the sale. You can also risk upgrading your home too much for the comps in the area. Instead, choose small projects that are likely to boost your home's saleability, such as new paint, modern cabinet hardware, and fresh curtains.

4. Downplay Your Personal Touches

Your home is special to you partially because of all the memories and personal touches it contains. However, these customized aspects make it difficult for a potential buyer to picture himself or herself in the home. Go for an impersonal look with modern, generic colors and a minimalist vibe. Remove family photos, refrigerator artwork, collectibles, and similar items. Study tips for staging homes, and try to apply them as much as possible.

5. Clear Out Clutter

Don't forget about concealed areas, such as cabinets and closets. Many buyers look through these areas when viewing a home, and if your closet is packed full of personal items, it won't show well. Consider renting a storage unit while your home is on the market, and use it to store everything that isn't absolutely essential to your daily life.

6. Tune Up the HVAC System

When you get your home prepared before selling, you may not think about the furnace and air conditioner because they are not immediately visible, but these elements are important as well. Make sure that everything is functioning well so your home is a comfortable temperature. You also want to ensure a home inspector will give the HVAC system a great review.

There are several things you can do to get your home ready for the market. Clear out clutter and personal items, bring in natural light, and schedule a service appointment for your HVAC system. With these tips and the right broker, you can look forward to a successful sale.

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