This market is on fire, that’s not a secret to anyone and while it may seem like you can sell a home in ANY condition – These five things will certainly help you in getting top dollar for your home. I always tell my sellers that when they call me for an initial walk-through, your house is NEVER supposed to be ” show ready” – That’s what I’m here for, and this list will help give you a head start!
1. Boost your curb appeal
When you pull up to your house, does it give the, “wow” impression, or does it need some extra love? I’ll be the first to tell you that sometimes, my flowerbeds are a little sad! You’d be surprised how far a little fresh mulch and an edged lawn will go – especially for your photos. In the spring and summer, a hanging basket or two placed on your front porch will really bring a pop of color at first glance. If you’re listing in the fall, don’t fret – Autumn luckily doesn’t leave us with too much yard work, but the cooler weather gives us a chance to get out and tend to some other neglected curb appeal boosters, too.
No matter the time of year, make sure your gutters are clean and are hung properly! Cobwebs around the door and porch area? No thank you! I’ve encountered my fair share of spiders guarding lock boxes – Never a fun time. Make sure your porch is swept, you’ve put out a fresh door mat and those little creepy crawlies are far, far away. Are your house numbers visible? Make it easy for any prospective buyers (and your Amazon Delivery driver) to find your home!
2. Get Organized
A well organized home shows potential buyers that the home is well cared for. You may be asking yourself, “Do I have anything to lose if I list my home before getting organized?” The only answer is yes! You’re going to make a much better first impression to potential buyers by first cleaning and organizing.
Here’s a few things that cleaning and organizing will do for your home:
- It will make your home look larger
- It looks more inviting
- It increases the perceived value of your home
We’ve all heard of Marie Kondo – take a page or two from her book and find a less overwhelming approach to getting your house ready to sell!
3. Depersonalize & Declutter
Every homeowner makes their home “theirs” in their own different ways – but sometimes, your style won’t be the same style of a potential buyer! Packing up these few things will make sure any potential buyers can picture their life in your home:
- Put away all family photos, any paintings or images hanging on walls or sitting on counter/table tops. Sometimes to a buyer, a home can have too much decor as it is, so spread things out and give the room a more open feeling to avoid spending money on new decor. Something that is often forgotten, but definitely can make or break the overall look of your gorgeous kitchen – Don’t forget to clean off your refrigerator!
- Put away all your “collections.” From the common doll or stuffed animal collection, to the not so common taxidermy or gun collection – These can sometimes distract a buyer’s attention. Many collections can also create visual clutter, especially in online photos and virtual tours.
- Pack up excess toys and exercise equipment. People know that your home is currently being lived in, but again, we want to keep everyone from being distracted – and that even means the kiddos of potential buyers! Toys can sometimes take up a lot of space and make a room look small or cluttered, while exercise equipment takes up a lot of space and isn’t much “fun” to look at!
- “Depersonalize” your bathroom – Yes. You guessed it, we’re going there. All the yucky (but definitely normal) things that are sometimes left behind in the sink and shower; Make sure they’re cleaned up, wiped down and those rooms are smelling fresh so buyers will see that your home is sparkling clean!
4. Freshen up Your Interior
It’s no secret that outsiders will notice things about our home that we never did – we’ve all seen the Febreez “nose blind” commercial. Dust bunnies on your baseboards? Those holes from when your spouse refused to use a level, but really wanted to hang the shelf for you? Not to worry – These are all things that can be fixed relatively easily, and for a pretty low price tag. Here are just a few items you’ll want to take care of before openly marketing and showing your home:
- Clean your air vents and wipe down your baseboards
- Sweep behind your doors
- Fill in any nail holes
- Touch-up paint (Be sure it’s a match!)
- Replace cracked light switch and outlet covers
- Clean your windows, inside and out
- Change out any dead lightbulbs
- Clean your carpets
A few minutes a day on these projects will make a huge difference for your future showings!
5. Hire a professional
I know, it seems so typical that this would be included in this list since I am, in fact, a Realtor – hear me out. Many people are good at one thing, or maybe even a few things, but its very rare that one person is good at all of the things it requires to have the best real estate transaction possible. When working with our team – we use all of our different strengths to ensure our clients are handled with the utmost care. From professional photography and strong negotiating tactics to high end advertising and relationship building – We’ve got you covered. Along with having people to help you every single step of the way, we also know the contract documents like that backs of our hands and there are tiny details within those pages that could cost a homeowner a LOT of money. Make sure you have a professional on your side to help you maximize your equity and make the home selling (and buying) process as easy as possible.
If you’re looking for a little more in depth cleaning and organizing, check out my blog post about the Five Box Decluttering Method!
Looking for more tips and information regarding selling your home? Contact me here and my team and I will get you taken care of! We would be honored to interview to earn your business. Take care!
– Jess Bogenschutz