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Thinking of Selling your home? 15 Tips to Consider Doing Before You List…

Spring is just around the corner and for some of you that means a major “spring cleaning”, but for others, it’s that time to spruce up your home and get it ready to sell! I’ve compiled a list of quick, easy ways to update your home and get it ready to sell!

  1. Make sure your closets are organized – Not only does storage capability attract buyers, but so does cleanliness. Taking pride in and showing that you care about your property shows.
  1. Lighting – You want to make sure that each room seems as big as or bigger than it normally is. Lighting helps that immensely. Easy fixes would be changing lightbulbs that are burnt out, adding a lamp or two for night showings, and keeping the curtains or blinds open as well.
  1. Easy updates – Cheaper, more inexpensive updates really are an easy way to attract buyers. Replace outlet covers, replace door handles, and replace kitchen cabinet hardware. If you want to put a little extra money into updates, you can add a new vanity in the bathroom as well as the lighting. These are quick fixes that really do make a difference.
  1. Clean – No one likes to walk into a dirty home. You want to keep your home clean for the duration of the listing process. Start with deep cleaning the bathrooms (including grout) as well as the kitchen (including cabinets, counters, sink, and appliance surfaces). Make sure to also clean the carpets, clean the windows, mop and sweep floors, and pick up any unnecessary clutter.
  1. Landscape – First impression is everything! When you pull up to a home, you will notice if the outside is properly taken care of. Start with the basics. Mow, pull weeds, trim trees and bushes, and rake leaves. Next you’ll want to clean up your patio or porch area. Make sure your house number is easy to read. Add a few potted plants to make an inviting atmosphere.
  1. Paint – A fresh coat of paint changes a room almost immediately. It is more time consuming and a bit more money, but it pays off. If you’re thinking of painting in your home, make sure to use a neutral tone and pair it with a white base and trim to really make it pop.
  1. Staging – Buyers will try to visualize your home as their own. It is important to have it look inviting, home-like, and comfortable. Some Real Estate Agents offer free staging when they list your home, but if they don’t, simply look up staging tips online. You will find out tons of great tips including which rooms are the most important to stage and what attracts buyers most.
  1. Garage – If you have a garage or car port, it’s important to clean those spaces up. A clean garage can be a great selling piece. Especially if it’s on their list of needs!
  1. Kitchen – Of course you will want your countertops, cabinets and sink to be clean, but buyers will also open cabinets, pantries and refrigerators. Make sure these are on your list to clean up. You’ll want to make sure fingerprints aren’t on refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, etc. You’ll also want to make sure the INSIDE is clean as well. Clean the shelves in your refrigerator and throw out old food. Your pantry should be neat and organized; old food thrown out. Clean the cook top on your oven as well as the inside. Same goes for your Microwave. Anything that can be opened, you’ll want to make sure is clean!
  1. Smell – Walking into a home that smells nice automatically gives it points. When it smells bad, most people will turn the other way. All the cleaning you’ll be doing will put a nice scent in your home, but you’ll also want to make sure there is an inviting scent on top of that. Wall plug-ins are a great way to keep a great scent in your home, ready for a showing any time!
  1. Declutter – After time, household items tend to pile up and we don’t always notice it. When you’re thinking of selling your home, you’ll want to do a “spring cleaning” so to speak. Go through your closets, cabinets, clothes, garage, etc. Keep your home clean and decluttered for the best appeal to buyers. If you have a lot of items you don’t want to part with, consider renting a storage unit for the time being.
  1. Little touches – Keeping an inviting space is important. Hang fresh towels in kitchen and bathrooms, replace worn rugs, replace or clean curtains, replace worn pillows and bedding, replace shower curtain and liner. These are things that most people don’t realize they notice, but do stand out.
  1. Lighting – It is oh so important to make sure your home is properly lit. Lighting can change the mood of a room as well as the perceived size of the room. During the day you will want your curtains or blinds to be open, adding natural light to your home. At night, make sure the home is well lit outside and inside or available to be turned on by the agent.
  1. Fixes – Make sure burnt out light bulbs are replaced, re-caulk tubs, fix door jams, and patch any holes in walls.
  1. Final walk through – Start out front and think, would you go inside by first impression? Go through your house and do that for each room. Would you want to walk through this house?​ Try to be unbiased during this walk through.

If you’re considering listing your home, contact me today for a FREE Market Analysis! 

Emily Bailey | RE/MAX Professionals


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