Although it’s tempting to place a for sale sign in your front yard as soon as you decide to sell your house, taking the time to prepare will maximize the potential sale value and expedite success. Most importantly, proper preparation can help ensure that your house beats the competition from other properties.
Here are four tips for preparing your home for sale.
Tidying up doesn’t only mean putting items away. The most important thing is to declutter. The decluttering process, while helpful for sale preparation, will also help prepare for the impending move.
Today suggests using three containers to begin sorting which items go where. For example, use one container when an item needs to be put somewhere else within the home, a second container to be used for things to donate, and the third container for garbage and recycling.
Another consideration to help the tidying process is renting a storage locker to begin moving excess items from the house. In addition, basic cleaning like hoovering and dusting are vital.
Imagine the presentation of a show-home: clean and clear of clutter. A house you are trying to sell should be presented in the same way.
Remove Personal Items
When a home buyer has a viewing appointment, it is crucial that they can imagine their life inside the home. This becomes challenging when personal items, including family photos, are present throughout. Potential buyers will struggle to imagine themselves living in the house and this can hugely impact their decision-making process.
An article by Fox Business also suggests the removal of items such as trophies and even things like spoon collections. Essentially, anything personal to the home owner should be removed before listing a house for sale.
If a property lacks storage for these items, renting a part-time self-storage locker might be helpful.
Stage the Home
Staging a home can include hiring a professional to help in preparing the home for sale. A professional stager offers an unbiased opinion on areas that need to be improved.
Considerations for staging include renting furniture to use for vacant spaces or to improve the aesthetics of your house.
There are many companies who can help you with these things. For example, there is a furniture rental in Los Angeles that can both rent you furniture and help you stage your home for selling.
Clean the Outside
HGTV outlines the importance of attending to the exterior of the home before selling.
A tired exterior can send a subtle message that the maintenance of the home has been neglected. This will, in turn, cause a buyer to deduct the amount they offer, as they may feel they’ll incur immediate costs for reparations.
Improving the exterior of your home can include cleaning it, repainting, or entirely redoing it with modern materials.
Hopefully, these tips will help you see that it doesn’t take much time or money to prepare your home for sale. In fact, doing so will probably save you time and money, because you’ll be more likely to find a buyer sooner and with a higher asking price. So, before you put the signs up, do a bit of cleaning and redecorating. Your time certainly won’t be wasted.