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WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE
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With the high inventory of homes on the market today, homebuyers can afford to be choosy. Buyers are looking for the best, so a home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it’s not in pristine condition. Use these tips to whip your home into shape and wow potential buyers.
TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE
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- Clean the outside – A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you’ve slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home’s siding.
- Improve your landscaping – Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home’s lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.
- Make repairs – In a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.
- Make the front door inviting – A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.
- Buy a new welcome mat. – Let buyers know they’re invited into your home.
- Remove clutter and depersonalize – Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items.
- Organize closets and drawers – Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn’t have enough storage space.
- Make every surface shine – From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.
- Take color down a notch – You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
- Eliminate bad odors – Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.
Examine the Details
Two ways buyers can view your property in person is by appointment with their agent or through an open house open to all buyers.
A showing is a professionally scheduled appointment that gives a potential buyer the opportunity to tour your home. Either your real estate agent will accompany buyers to your home, or another licensed sales professional who has likely been initially screened and approved by your agent. For security reasons, you should never allow an unaccompanied buyer into your home.
It’s in your best interests not to be present. Buyers need to feel free to discuss your home with their agent or us.
An Open House
An open house is for any buyers to walk through and view your home, usually for a few hours on a Saturday, Sunday or early weeknight. Many buyers come without their agents, mainly because they are earlier in the process, and may not have an agent yet. Your real estate agent will do the hosting, sign in visitors, and answer questions for buyers. Again, you do not need to be present.
TIPS FOR SHOWING YOUR HOME
Your home should be looking its best when an agent shows it to potential buyers. Here are some tips for making sure your home is ready for a showing.
- Turn on all the lights, including the outside entrance.
- Turn off the TV.
- Take your pets with you or ask a friend to watch the pets.
- Put out fresh flowers, your best towels and a nice tablecloth, if suitable to your decor.
- Do not use scented sprays and remember: There’s no substitute for clean.
- Empty your kitchen trash, even if it is stored under the kitchen sink.
- Keep the beds made in all bedrooms.
- Open all draperies and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Pick up stray items – newspapers, empty glasses, etc.
- Keep floors swept, mopped and vacuumed.
- Dust daily.
It’s best to leave when your real estate agent or another agent brings a buyer to your home. This allows the buyer to take his or her time and feel more comfortable asking questions. If you must remain, let the agents handle the questions unless you are asked directly.