So you’ve decided, you’re going to sell your home. Now what? Where do you begin? Who do you talk to? What needs to be spruced up and what needs to be completely gutted? First things first: breathe. Selling your home may seem daunting, but there are many things you can do to ease to process along, making your house the hottest property on the market.
Scott Uebele, Company Realtor and Sales Representative at McKenzie, explains some necessary steps you need to take when preparing your home for its new owner.
1. Mr. and Mrs. Clean
“When you go through homes that aren’t prepared well, buyers are not impressed,” Scott says.
Make sure your carpets are free of stains, there aren’t wandering dust bunnies on the floors, brush away cobwebs in the ceiling corners, and dust the window ledges. These details are worth the extra attention.
“It’s amazing what we get comfortable living with after a few years in a home,” Scott says. “But potential buyers can imagine themselves living in a spotless home much more than an average home.”
To put it simply, picture how pristine model homes are and work to get yours to that level.
2. Cut the clutter
Your home could be spotless. The floors so immaculate, you could serve dinner off them. The windows completely rid of even the slightest particle of dust. The carpets, like new. But if your space is filled with clutter, all your hard work is overshadowed.
“You want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves and their things in your home. It’s difficult if every room is packed with furniture and too much stuff,” Scott says.
Getting rid of things can be tough; these are items that have been part of your home for years. However, don’t get overwhelmed. This seemingly arduous task can actually be good for you, especially going into a new home.
“It can be fun to finally do something with your stuff, so enjoy the process of purging and making decisions on what to do with things,” Scott says. “There is value in the phrase less is more.”
3. Leave it to the pros
Do it yourself projects can be a blast, but they can go awry quickly.
“People spend money on a new kitchen or bathroom or paint and they choose things that aren’t mainstream or are unpopular,” Scott says, “and that’s a problem.”
Spending money to ultimately make your home less appealing in the marketplace is a major setback, so before you pop open that school bus-yellow paint, invite an interior decorator over, friends with a keen eye for design, or even your realtor. A few moments of critique could save you time and money later.
By putting these tips to good use, your home can stand out among the competition, giving you the best chance at selling in good time and moving into your new space.