Preparing your home before we go to the market can have an impact on our initial listing price, as well as how well your home photographs, shows and provides that ever essential curb appeal!
Curb Appeal – You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when it comes to potential buyers, first impressions are everything! Try to make the best one possible by making sure your front door and the surrounding areas are well-kept.
Lawn & Garden – Make sure your lawn is trimmed and any garden beds look their best. If there are trees in the front, please make sure that you don’t have a lot of excess foliage on the ground from them when possible. Edges should be neat, and everything should look tidy. Remove any trash or overgrowth, and keep the pathways cleared. Make sure it’s easy to get to the front door!
Exterior Maintenance – If there is any kind of exterior maintenance that needs to be done (this could be everything from replacing the lightbulb in the exterior light to repainting the trim), it should be assessed. If it’s going to be immediately noticeable, it’s probably a good idea to look into what it would take to get it fixed. Make sure that your front door and entry areas are tidy and inviting! We want prospective buyers to feel like they’re coming home when they walk through the door!
Clean like it’s Spring! – One of the biggest things is making sure your house is very clean. If you can’t or won’t go through everything and make it as clean as its ever been, it’s worth looking into a professional cleaning service to make your house sparkling! Keeping it tidy once we’re on the market is important too. When you’re notified of a showing, make sure you take the trash out, clear up any dishes or items that may need to be dealt with, and give your house a good, but quick, once over. If there’s time, making sure the toilets look clean is quick and easy, and the seat lids are down!
De-Clutter: Remove, Release, Reorganize – Your home doesn’t have to be an organizer’s dream, but it should be orderly. Closets tend to get stuffed, spare rooms become storage areas, and shelves can become host to a plethora of little odds and ends. Remove items that you would be upset if they were lost or broken, and release some of the extra stuff back into the world. Donate or sell anything that still has some value, and then reorganize what’s left to show off how much storage space your home has to potential buyers.
De-Personalize – As you de-clutter, keep in mind that a buyer wants to be able to look around the house and see themselves living there. Putting away personal items like trophies, and the majority of family photos offers a more “blank canvas” look to your home and allows the buyer to visualize better.
Repair & Update – A lot can be done with a fresh coat of paint. Neutral colors allow buyers to better visualize themselves living in your home. If your home is older, you might want to look into maybe taking out that shag carpet or painting over the avocado green walls in the kitchen.