5 Most Important steps for Preparing your Home for Sale
When your home is for sale, you want to make the Best First Impression possible. We can't emphasis this enough. You only get ONE chance to make a First Impression.
There are 3 things that Buyers care about: Location, Price and Condition. The location isn't going to change so you really want to nail it on the Price and Condition.
Work with your Realtor to review recent sales and come up with a Pricing Strategy. And get busy working on the Condition. Buyers have choices and will often choose the house in the best condition, even if it's more expensive.
1. DeClutter - This is absolutely the place to start. Purge, file and box up all the excess things in your home. Personal things should be put away. If you need to, rent a storage place and move things there.
2. Clean - From dusting the cobwebs near the ceiling to getting up the dust bunnies in the corners, you want your house to be white glove clean. Don't forget ceiling fans, light fixtures and baseboards.
3. Odors - 72% of all homeowners also own pets. They're part of the family. We know that. Removing unwanted odors often starts with a good friend who will be honest about any smells in the house. You live there. You don't smell it.
If you like to cook with spices, you might want to eat those dishes out for a few weeks. Cooking odors can linger in the air.
4. Curb Appeal - An un-kept exterior will scare off many buyers. It tells the Buyers that the inside is no better. Weed the flowerbeds, add fresh mulch and trim the bushes.
5. Staging - Your Realtor may be able to help you with this or at least refer you to a professional Stager.
6. Quality Photos - Almost all Buyers start their search online. Bad photos can end the search of your home before it gets started.