As you begin to prepare your home for showing to prospective buyers, there are some things that you can and should do to get your home “ready to sell”. Potential buyers are drawn to homes that are clean, neat, uncluttered, in good condition, light, airy and quiet. These 10 tips below can help to expedite the sale of your home.

  1. CLEAN EVERYTHING

    – Cleanliness signals to a buyer that the home has been well taken care of and is more than likely in good repair. Keeping your home extra clean during the selling process can also help to remove any distractions a potential buyer may have with the dirt and clutter and allow them to focus on the beauty of your home.

  2. UN-CLUTTER YOUR HOME

    Clutter can also act as distraction and can hinder a potential buyers ability to see past the clutter and imagine themselves in the home. So, have a garage sale and then donate what you can’t sell. We all know that half of what we keep around doesn’t actually get used anyway! Empty your closets to about half of what you have in there now. The less “stuff” in and around the home and closets the more roomier and spacious your home will seem!

  3. LET THE LIGHT IN

    Maximize the “light” in your home. Next to location, good light is another thing that every buyer wants in a home. So, raise the shades, open the blinds, or you can even take the drapes down but make sure you clean those windows! Also, change or clean those lampshades, change the light bulbs and trim those bushes or trees outside to allow more light to come in. Making your home bright and cheery WILL make it more sellable.

  4. LET FRESH AIR IN

    This may seem like a silly one to a lot of people but our homes can develop odors that we become nose blind to. So get rid of any odors that may tend to stick around such as smoke, pet orders, cooking smells and musty or sour laundry. Fresh flowers and potpourri or other pleasant smells like fresh baked cookies work too!

  5. SPRUCE IT UP – BUT DON’T OVER UPGRADE

    Quick fixes and updates to your home always pay off before selling. Be careful not to do too much….meaning no huge improvement projects to your tastes. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar in the end. Get a new coat of paint and keep the colors neutral. There is nothing more cost effective than a couple cans of paint! Also, Clean the curtains, replace door handles, cabinet hardware, clean up the grout, fix leaky faucets and do anything that your know is outdated! You know what it is. 🙂 Set a budget for yourself and stick to it! These little things can have huge payoffs!

  6. THE KITCHEN COMES FIRST

    The kitchen is such a HUGE part of the sale of your home. In fact, many say that you are not actually selling your home, you are selling your kitchen! That is how important the kitchen is. The benefits or remodeling your kitchen are endless. When selling you home it is not always realistic to spend tens of thousands of dollars to remodel the kitchen but here are some less expensive things you can do to update this important area. It may cost a couple thousand dollars or more or less to do but it can add so much more to the purchase price of your home! So, paint the cabinets, change the hardware, replace the countertops, update the backsplash and if you have some extra money to spend, buy 1 expensive, fancy appliance. Why only one……Because when people see 1 and how great it looks it allows them to see the vision. Also, sometimes buyers will assume the rest are nicer too!

  7. TAKE YOUR HOME OUT OF THE HOUSE

    De-personalize it! It is hard for potential buyers to imagine their family in the house if all they can see is your family. Take down family photos and personal keepsakes. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of a third of your items and put them in storage so you can continue to enjoy them in your new home.

  8. ALWAYS BE READY TO SHOW

    You never know when a “showing” can take place so keep your home “Show-ready” at all times! Don’t leave dishes in the sink and keep the bathrooms and kitchen sparkling and in tip-top shape. Make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners or dirty diapers in the trashcans!  It can be a little inconvenient, but will be so worth it when your house gets sold quickly and for top dollar!

  9. CONCEAL YOUR CRITTERS

    You might think that a cuddly cute dog would warm the hearts of everyone but not everyone is a dog or cat lover. If your planning a showing or an open house, send your pets to pet hotel for the day.

  10. PRICE YOUR HOUSE RIGHT

    Over pricing your home can be the kiss of death. Find out what your home is really worth and price it accordingly or even a little less. This takes real courage and many sellers don’t want to risk it but imagine being stampeded by multiple buyers with multiple offers and a good old fashioned bidding war! See our full article on “How To Price Your Home” for more details.