Are you a fan of HGTV, DIY network or other home show? The homes featured on TV show you how to improve your home and get it ready for sale. The spaces they create are often times drop dead gorgeous. It makes you want to move right in! Buyers are watching the same programs and hoping to find what they saw on TV. As you know, reality and fiction are often times not the same.
Remember, as soon as you put your home on the market, it becomes a commodity competing with other properties. Don’t you want to be the best property, sell quickly and do it with the least amount of hassle?
What are some simple things you can do to prepare your home for sale?
-Declutter or get rid of junk and clutter.
By getting rid of stuff, you start to open up the space and make it appear larger. Just think of it as a jumpstart on packing for your next home.
-Remove personal items like photos or items that personalize a space.
This allows the buyer to see themselves in the house and not focus on you and your pictures.
-Repair items that are broken or not functioning.
This reduces objections that the property is not in good condition. If you don’t want to fix those items, do you really think a potential buyer will want to fix those items? Items that are not repaired may show up on the home inspection and may be required to be addressed.
As you prepare your home, staging a home will be important. I like to bring in a staging professional to walk with you through the home and make recommendations on what you may need to do to improve. A home stager may recommend a paint color, flooring, furniture arrangement/removal, or accessories to make the home more aesthetically pleasing. I have found that a property may be in great condition, but may need some tweaks to market the property in a more appealing light. There may even be some reminders from previous decades, which date the house and take away from the cohesive look and feel of the property. I love vintage, mid-century homes and furniture, but I realize that not everybody likes that style.
Each buyer has a different goal when purchasing a home; however, studies have shown that buyers are looking for updated and well maintained properties. People have gotten busier, and buyers prefer to move into an updated, move-in ready home.