Buying real estate is often an emotional decision, but when selling, it is important that you remove your emotions from the equation. Think of your house as a commodity, one that you are trying to sell at the highest possible price in the shortest period of time. One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make is to let their emotions interfere with prudent selling decisions. Once you have set your emotions aside, you will find it an easier task to prepare the property for sale in the following ways:
De-Personalize Your House
The first step is to “de-personalize” it to the extent that it is still a comfortable place for you to live. Put away excess family photos and sports trophies. This may be tough for your teenager, but do your best!
Declutter Your House
Over years, clutter collects in a way that sometimes goes unnoticed by the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Recruit a friend (preferably one who is organized) to help with this task of identifying excess clutter. Remember that they are there to help and try not to become defensive to their suggestions. Remove as much “stuff” as needed to create an aesthetically appealing and open environment. Keep in mind that an uncluttered room feels much more spacious.
Improving Curb Appeal
The old adage, “you only get one chance to make a first impression” is absolutely true! Many buyers eliminate a home from their list without even stepping inside the property. A fresh coat of paint is a cost effective way to dramatically increase your curb appeal. Spruce up your landscaping around your front entry and remove any clutter around the outside of the house. Remember to keep your yard mowed regularly during the listing period.
Cost Effective Cleaning and Repairs
Never take on a remodeling project with the expectation that you will always get your money out of it from the sale proceeds. However, we’d be happy to help you inspect your property to create a punch list of inexpensive repairs and improvements that will be beneficial in selling your house. Here is a list of some things that you should consider:
- Paint Inside and Out
- Thoroughly Clean Hard to Reach Areas
- Clean or Replace Ceiling Fans
- Clean or Replace Screens
- Repair or Replace Window Operators
- Replace Dated or Corroded Faucets, Fixtures and Door Knobs