Selling your home can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before. Like most new adventures, if you arm yourself with the appropriate information, take the time to plan your approach and have a checklist to make sure you don’t overlook anything, the process will be a lot less stressful.
Fix it Up
Before you attempt to sell your house, take an inventory of much-needed repairs. You may be somewhat oblivious to what needs attention because you’ve been living with it and you mentally place such chores on the back burner because life gets in the way. Now is the time to address those issues.
Repairs can range from big projects like needing a new roof or finally getting around to getting rid of those unsightly water marks on the ceiling. Regardless of whether you’re needing roofing companies in San Diego (or wherever you live) to help you make major home renovations or undertaking your own smaller repairs in Baltimore, make a plan of attack. Walk around your home and make a list of projects, like that door that needs a faulty lock repaired or that broken window you’ve been meaning to get around to fixing.
Many people have that sudden inspiration to take on a new home project but either don’t quite get around to it or don’t finish it. It’s time to get those things done. Dig out the paint you bought to spruce up your tired bathroom. Hang the new blinds in the spare room to give it that finishing touch.
Organize and Downsize
When trying to sell your house, you want your potential buyer to see all the great features of your home, not years of clutter. Storage space is always appealing when considering where you see yourself living. Room by room, get rid of things you don’t use or need. Thin your closets and donate your unnecessary clothing, books, and linens. Half-empty closets are much more appealing than those that are bursting at the seams.
When methodically clearing and organizing, take the time to brighten each room as you go. Replace dark and heavy drapery with light and airy sheers. Clean windows and baseboards. Breathe life into an otherwise tired room.
There’s a lot to be said about getting a potential buyer’s attention and it starts on the street. Make sure the outside of your house is aesthetically pleasing. Clean out your garden, trim or plant shrubbery and flowers, replace the old, rusted mailbox and clean out the crabgrass from walking paths. The outside of your home will be the first impression someone will have. What’s more, you never know when potential buyers will drive by, trying to decide if they want to view the inside of your home.
Once potential buyers pass the threshold of your home, make sure your entryway is inviting. Have a bench or organized storage piece to house a couple of pairs of shoes or a hook to hang a coat. Selling your home isn’t just about the house itself but the warmth it emits by having the right finishing touches. Place fresh flowers on the table, have a plant on the mantel or coffee table; it’s this attention to detail that will make your home stand out from the others.
Even though your home is where you’ve created fond memories, you want your buyer to see it as a place they can make their own. Remove personal items from plain sight. Take down family photographs and let your buyer see a blank canvas in which they can paint their future.
Selling your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Make a list and methodically make it buyer ready, one room at a time.