Deciding to sell your home can be a huge undertaking! We have the tips for getting your house ready to sell in no time!
Tips for Getting Your House Ready to Sell
When you are thinking about selling your home, it can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Starting fresh and starting a new adventure is appealing, but leaving a home where you have made memories can be hard! I think it’s especially difficult when you have lived there for many years. Sometimes we become attached to simple things like a growth chart on the molding, or a crack in the tile that changed the character of the home.
No matter the reason for getting your house ready to sell, it’s important to know what you’re taking on and what to consider. Stick around and we will go through a getting your house ready to sell checklist that will simplify the process!
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Decluttering & Basic Cleaning
I know it seems like the most basic thing, but making sure your home is as clean as possible is super important! Most people aren’t too impressed with other people’s messes, so keep things tidy and organized! Don’t let things get out of control. Believe me, I know how challenging it is to keep your house clean for showings, but there are little things you can do to make it a bit easier.
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First things first, make sure you’re following the basic rule of ‘use it, put it away’. As long as everyone in your home puts their messes away right after they do something, you will find that you won’t need to run around like a crazy person trying to clean everything up when you have someone coming to look at your home. You can just do a quick sweep and be off!
Be sure to declutter and get rid of anything that is just taking up space. Go around and see if there is anything that you can get rid of completely, or put away out of sight. Be aware, however, that people typically look in storage spaces when they are looking at a home, so be sure not to stuff things and make it seem like the home doesn’t have enough storage space to put everyday items.
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After you have properly decluttered, you then need to think about giving the home a basic clean. A deep clean will definitely need to happen before you move, but when getting your home ready to show, you just need to try and make sure that the home basically looks as good as possible on the surface level. That means going around the home and sprucing it up. This simply shows that you are proud of your home. That itself will come across positively and you will find that your home is much more likely to be successfully sold as a result (maybe you will even get an offer higher than asking because of this)!
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If you are looking for your home to be appealing to buyers, decorating your home is a MUST! Try to keep things neutral. People like to be able to picture their own style and things in a home when deciding to buy, so make this easy by removing huge statement pieces and bright colors.
When you get around to decorating your home, it may be worth paying a professional stager! It may seem like an unneeded extra expense, but professionals know how to make your home most appealing to buyers, so consider it an investment in getting more money out of your home. It also takes the stress out of it for you. One less thing on the selling your home checklist to worry about.
Whether you want to believe it or not, you will need to take an outsiders view of your home and figure out what needs fixing up. The best way to try and figure out where to focus your efforts is to go around in each room of your home and take note of what you need to address. An example might be that your baseboards are looking a bit stripped of paint, so they will need a new coat of paint. Or maybe there is a dent in the wall going up the stairs, and your air conditioner needs a tune-up. Write down everything, whether it is big or small!
When deciding what to start with, definitely address anything that could cause either long term health issues or ongoing problems for the home, or both. So if you notice that there is some mold in the home, that is absolutely one of the first things you will want to try and get rid of. Get some professional mold removal people in to make sure that it is really gone, otherwise whoever buys the place might discover it returning too soon and back out of an offer they gave. Similarly, if you have any burst pipes or any electrical issues or anything of that nature, be sure to have them looked at and fixed as soon as possible.
Decide what you can fix yourself and what you need to hire out. Getting your air conditioner inspected must be done by a professional, but painting can be done on your own if you have the time. Be sure to keep good records of who fixes what and to research the people you decide to hire to help you.
Remember that there is no such thing as a detail that is too small. Sometimes all it takes is a tiny thing to put people off, so it is vital that you focus on every little detail you can possibly find when getting your house ready to sell!
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What do you make sure to do when getting your house ready to sell? Tell us in the comments!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!