Get Your Home Ready To Sell

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PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

Every seller wants their home to sell quickly for a large profit, but it is going to take some elbow grease to make it happen. It involves careful planning and knowing how to professionally prepare your home to convince buyers to get out their check books.

Memories Leave With you
Letting go of your home can be difficult because if you have lived there a long time, the home holds many memories.  To detach from it emotionally, you must realize that without you in it, the house is just a shell until another family moves in. Look to the future, where can make new memories in your next home.  You can detach emotionally from the house by realizing that home is about the occupants who live there, not just building. Soon your new home will be just as special because you will be personalizing your space and creating new memories.

Depersonalize Your House 
Pack up your personal photographs, family heirlooms, and other objects and clutter that might distract potential buyers and hurt a possible sale. You want to present buyers with an impersonal, clean environment so they can imagine the home perhaps decorated with their own items and furniture.  Regarding furniture, only leave understated pieces that are not a distraction and don't create an unintended impression. Over decorating with wild paint colors, loud print wallpaper can be a real distraction to buyers.

De-clutter Your House
People tend to collect an amazing quantity of items over the years. Reasons for keeping items include an emotional attachment, an intention to reuse or fix the items in the future, or a wish to pass them on to others. However, for many items, if you haven't used them in over a year, you probably don't need them.  Also, remove books from bookcases and other knickknacks, and clean everything off your kitchen counters. Essential items that you use daily can be tucked away in small boxes that you can place in a closet when they're not in use. Organize play rooms and pack up unused toys, books and games. Consider this process an efficient start to your packing.  Once your home goes under contract, you will be glad that you did.  You can dispose of unwanted items by donating them to local charities such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, Veteran's Association and also get a tax deduction.  Many townships offer furniture pickup through their waste management service. 

Organize Bedroom Closets and Storage Cabinets
Buyers will be curious about storage space and will want to check closets and cabinets. It's important to ensure these are organized, as it sends a negative message if your storage spaces are cluttered with items falling out and full of crumbs.  When a buyer sees everything organized down to the last detail, it shows that you take care of your possessions and likely took good care of the house. In kitchen cabinets, alphabetize spice jars, neatly stack dishes, and turn the coffee cup handles so they're facing the same way. In closets, shirts should be buttoned and hung together, and shoes should be lined up neatly.\

Consider Renting a Storage Unit 
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage, along with distracting furniture, artwork, and empty bookcases.  Let the buyer actually see the size of the rooms so they can visualize their furniture in their future home.  Another good idea is to remove extra leaves and chairs from your dining room table to make the room look bigger.

Remove or Replace Favorite Items
If you plan on taking certain window coverings, built-in appliances, or fixtures with you, remove them prior to showing the house. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to a favorite relative, be sure to take it down before a buyer sees it and asks that it be included with the house. Telling a buyer they can't have an item that appears with the house and enhances its appeal can be disappointing to a buyer and hurt the sale.

Make Minor Repairs
In some seller's markets, you can sell a home in lived-in condition without much complaint. But in normal markets or a buyer's market, repairs can make or break a sale. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles and patch any holes in the walls. Fix leaky faucets and doors that don't close properly, as well as kitchen drawers that jam. Consider painting walls neutral colors, especially if they're currently hot pink or purple. Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the one with the wild colored walls."  Replace burned-out light bulbs and also consider replacing those that have been in service for a while.

Make the House Sparkle
I would suggest preparing your home for viewings by hiring a professional cleaning crew to do an in-depth cleaning. Cleaning may include washing the windows inside and out; renting a pressure washer and spraying down sidewalks and the exterior; re-caulking tubs, showers, and sinks; and polishing chrome faucets and mirrors. Make sure all of the dust is removed from under the furniture, in the cabinets and closets, and that all cobwebs are knocked down.  Keep the home clean by vacuuming daily, waxing floors before showings, dusting furniture,  And don't forget to clean out and organize the refrigerator also.  Above all, clean and air out any musty areas. If you have pets, make sure the litter box is kept tidy and any other areas that pets frequent are cleaned.

Scrutinize Curb Appeal
A potential sale is lost quickly if a buyer won't even get out of their agent's car because the exterior of your home turns them off. Make the exterior more appealing and welcoming by painting your front door and, perhaps, adding a wreath , or placing one or two flower pots with colorful flowers on your front porch. Make sure your lawn is cleaned up as well.  Consider hiring a contractor to fix any cracks on your front steps or walkway. Also, make sure your house number is visible to visitors.

The Final Step 
Stand in the doorway of each room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. Consider how the furniture is arranged and rearrange pieces if needed.  Make sure window coverings hang evenly. Once you've cleaned and gotten everything repaired and organized, you can begin staging your home.

For more guidance on preparing your home for sale, feel free to contact Sheryl Morgan at 412-9974-907 to schedule a Seller Consultation!