How to Get Your Home Ready for Sale
Representing your home in its best possible state is essential if you’re looking to sell for full value. As you try to attract buyers to your property, you’ll need to help out your Realtor with some simple and affordable fixes to get your home into showing condition. This might mean stripping some of the personality from a place with immense sentimental value to you as the seller: this can be difficult, but will ultimately make your property appealing to as many prospective buyers as possible.
When people see a blank canvas, they can more easily picture themselves living in a new place. This can make the difference between getting a “first choice” offer and being a third or fourth choice property for potential buyers. Even minor irritations in your home can lead to you getting less than the optimum price, and significant failings could make it very difficult to sell. Most smaller improvements will cost you relatively little, and can have an impressive effect on the look and value of your home.
The front of your house will introduce your property to potential buyers. Even if the inside is well–manicured and tastefully staged, a home with negative curb appeal gives a bad impression to visitors from the moment they step through the doorway, making it very hard to win over critical buyers. Turf needs to be mowed regularly and flower beds neatly tended — consider low–upkeep plants or hiring landscaping help if you’re unable to maintain regular lawn care. Replace any damaged windows, railings, or fixtures and paint any weathered surfaces.
Painting the interior of your home can also have a profound affect on its perception by potential buyers. A neutral colour scheme is likely to appeal to most people, so experiment with paint in whites and taupes in flattering finishes for your home’s lighting. Matte finishes make rooms feel airy and tranquil, whereas satin and high–gloss finishes are more suitable for high traffic rooms that need durable, easy–to–clean surfaces.
For many buyers, the kitchen could make or break the deal. A relatively modern kitchen, with good-quality granite surfaces and high end appliances, will go a long way to selling your home for you. Even older kitchens can look less helpless with a deep clean and uncluttered work surfaces. Test every drawer and cabinet to make sure that they close smoothly, and fix any that don't feel completely right.
There's no point having an immaculate house if burnt–out lights, broken fixtures, and awkward window dressing don't allow buyers to see its full beauty. You might want to consider replacing ill–fitting curtains and low–power bulbs, or even investing in new lamps and light fixtures.
Sometimes a trip to the hardware store and a weekend project can make a serious difference for your home on the market. Give yourself every advantage with a home that photographs well and makes a great first impression on prospective buyers.