3 Must-Do’s Before Listing Your House for Sale
Before you list your home for sale, it’s time to do a little work around the house to make sure your home is seen in the best possible light. These “must-do” items are about showing buyers that your home is cared for and ready for them to begin the new chapter of their journey in. Taking a little time up front can mean thousands of dollars as buyers start writing their offers.
Declutter, Depersonalize and Clean – This is the time to take spring cleaning seriously–no matter the season! Clear out all unnecessary items from the home. Go through closets, drawers, dressers and cabinets. Donate unwanted items to charity, or hire a dumpster. Do your best to make the home seem spacious! If there are pieces of furniture you don’t want to part with, but are taking up a lot of space, consider renting a storage unit while selling your home. Spend some time to depersonalize by removing excessive pictures and hide heirlooms. Buyers will look in every space and open all drawers and cabinets. Make sure you don’t leave personal items out. Finally, deep clean every space top to bottom.
Address Deferred Maintenance –Make small repairs or hire a handyman to take care of problems which could appear during the home inspection. Replace caulking, fix broken windows and screens, replace light bulbs and freshen up and clean grout; buyers want to see a home that is cared for with “good bones.” A well maintained home will sell for more!
Go for Curb Appeal – Spend some time in the yard. Trim bushes and trees, clean and repair hardscape and make sure there is adequate lighting. Welcome your buyers with seasonal flowers or décor and place a fresh mat by the front door. Before you put that sign in the front yard, spend a little time and elbow grease to make sure you welcome your potential buyers with the best version of your home.