Selling your home can be an extremely stressful process. From dealing with minor repairs before listing to finding the right agent and choosing the best offer. Just the thought of selling your home can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to give you 6 things you must do before selling your home.
1) Get Your Landscaping In Order
The first impression your house will have on potential buyers is from the outside, and because of this, it is important to make sure you have well-kept landscaping that is inviting and welcoming. Would you want to buy a house that’s yard hadn’t been mowed in weeks or one that had shrubs grown up past the windows? I know I wouldn’t, and I’ve seen great houses lose buyers because of this. It’s a simple fix that can go a long way towards selling your home.
2) Keep Your House Clean 24/7
This can be the hardest part of some sellers. Not only do you need to keep your yard tidy, but you also have to keep the inside of your house spic and span at all times. Doing this while living in your house is more difficult than some can imagine. You’ll find yourself constantly running around and picking things up minutes before a REALTOR© is supposed to show up and show your house. In order to prevent this from happening, we suggest having a nightly clean up policy. Take 15-30 minutes every night and pick up your house while it is for sale will stop the last minute freakouts from happening.
3) Fix The Small Stuff
Is the pain on your deck starting to chip? What about that door that just doesn’t shut all the way anymore? That’s just two examples of delayed maintenance items that should be addressed before listing your home for sale. By taking care of these two issues, buyers are more likely to assume you took care of the rest of your home – even if it had been years since that door open or the deck had been repainted.
4) Clean Out Your Junk
This one may seem a bit over the top, but the truth is people don’t like to see cluttered and junk filled houses, garages, or basements. If it looks like you don’t have enough storage, how can you expect someone that is looking to buy your home to think they’ll have enough storage? You can’t, and because of this, we recommend cleaning out/throwing away all of the junk you can before listing your home. Doing this makes packing up and moving easier too, so it really is a win/win/win!
5) Brighten It Up!
One small tactic that can go a long way towards selling your home is adding more light. Make sure all of your light bulbs are working, and open up the windows before showings. Doing so will help make the home feel more open and more inviting from the moment a potential buyer steps through the door. I would also recommend turning on any lamps in the house as that light can help brighten up dark corners.
6) Don’t Forget The Back
Many sellers forget the back of their homes even exist. We’ve seen hundreds of homes that are beautiful from the front door through the entire house. Then, the backyard strikes! From dirty siding on the extior to foot high grass and decks that are falling apart, we’ve seen it all stop people from pulling the trigger on an otherwise great looking home. Don’t forget about your backyard. Give the house a good pressure wash and keep that grass mowed!
Bonus! Find A Great, Local REALTOR®
While it is possible to sell a home without a REALTOR®, having one on your side makes the entire deal a lot easier and a lot less stressful. It allows them to manage things like pricing, contracts, counteroffers, home inspections, appraisal issues, and best of all, it puts a lot of the risk involved in selling a home on the REALTOR®. They are the one to blame if there is a contract issue not you as the home owner.