Preparing Your House to Sell

preparing your house to sell

Ready to Sell? Or in need of an update?

Turn your house into an irresistible and marketable home that buyers will love with these tips and tricks!

Think of your house as a product.

Perhaps the hardest part for most sellers is letting go of the emotional attachment to their house. Disassociate yourself emotionally and focus on the goal of making the sale. You don’t want buyers to get distracted by your personal objects around the house. Make sure you remove things like family heirlooms and personal photographs to de-personalize the house. You want buyers thinking, “I can see myself in this house.”

De-Clutter as much as you possibly can.

Pack up, donate or throw away items like books, knick knacks, excess blankets and clothing and generally anything you don’t need on hand. This goes for furniture as well. If a piece of furniture doesn’t make sense in the room, remove it. Consider renting a storage unit to keep your personal belongings in while your house is being marketed. Remember to clean and organize your closets and pantries- Buyers like to see everything when looking at homes and they will open doors and cabinets to assess storage space.

Remove fixtures that you do not want to convey with the house prior to listing.

If you have window treatments, antique lighting fixtures, bathroom mirrors or any hardware that you wish to take with you after you sell the house, remove them now, before you list the house! You don’t want a buyer falling in love with your grandmother’s chandelier only to find out it doesn’t come with the house…that could be a deal breaker! If you remove something like a lighting fixture, replace it with a new one before taking photos of your house for marketing.

Look for things that need to be repaired or updated.

Fix leaky faucets, broken or cracked tiles, loose door knobs and replace burned-out light bulbs. Patch holes in the walls where you hung pictures and really consider painting your rooms in fresh, neutral colors. Many a beautiful house has been ignored because of funky paint colors, wallpaper, etc. It’s incredibly distracting to potential buyers and they will end up remembering your house simply as “the one with the hot pink bedroom.”

Clean, Clean, CLEAN!

Wash the windows, inside and out. Remove cobwebs inside and out. Re-caulk showers, tubs and sinks. Dust and polish all fixtures. Clean out the refrigerator, oven and microwave. Wax floors and sweep/vacuum daily. Bleach dirty grout in tiled floors and counters. Replace old worn-out rugs and hang new towels in the bathroom. After the initial heavy cleaning in preparation to sell your home, allow yourself 20 minutes every day to keep it up!

Analyze each room.

When you enter your house from the front door, do you feel welcome? Do you want to see the rest of the house? Again, think of yourself as a potential buyer and be objective. Can you walk freely around furniture and does the placement of the furniture make the room flow well? Are window treatments hung level? Take note of these types of things in each room. Overall, ask yourself if the house will make a positive impact on potential buyers.

Don’t forget about the exterior!

It’s the very first thing a buyer sees when driving up to the house. Go down to the street and scrutinize the yard and house. Is there curb appeal? Make sure the lawn is mowed, bushes are pruned, sidewalks are clear and all exterior lights are working. Paint window trim if needed. Pressure wash sidewalks, porches, decks and siding. Make sure your house number is visible from the street. A bed or basket of flowers near the front entrance will help make the house feel welcoming!