Prepare to Sell

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a Realtor to post a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repairs. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. Remove collectibles and personal photographs, and replace any bold color choices with a neutral palette. “Greige” is the new beige, and whites work well, with occasional pops of color for interest. Repainting is fairly cheap and hugely impactful, and refinishing the floors or adding new carpet will also go miles in improving your appeal to buyers.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. A good home stager will add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture.

Published by Jessica Wilkie, Broker Associate

Hard worker data geek with experience and humor to share. Enjoy serving people throughout their real estate journeys and helping them make good and informed real estate moves.

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