No matter where you live, selling a house can be stressful. Selling your home means that week after week, you’ll have to keep your home immaculate at all times and be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. Especially if you have children and pets, this can be quite a hassle. The first few weeks your house is on the market is the time when potential buyers will be the most interested, so you’ll need to hit the ground running. Consider the following tips for helping ensure your home shows well and sells quickly.
Rent a storage unit
You know decluttering is important to getting your home ready to show, but don’t give in to the temptation to shove everything into your closets.
People who view your home will want to see the available storage space, and overstuffed and disorganized closets will send the message that you don’t have enough.
Instead, rent a storage unit to hold the things you don’t need while your home is on the market.
A good rule of thumb is to store about a third of your belongings – think holiday decorations, seasonal clothes, and any kitchen items you don’t use daily. learing your home of unneeded items will help showcase its openness and space.
Use professional stagers and photographers
Selling your home is a time to bring in the pros. Professional home stagers and photographers know how to look at your home from the perspective of a potential buyer and soften its flaws while highlighting its strengths.
Buyers will form their first impressions based on your listing photos, so you’ll need a lot of them, and you’ll need them to be good. If you don’t have the budget for a professional stager, at least have a friend walk through your home and use fresh eyes to point out places you can declutter or otherwise improve.
Make small upgrades
There’s usually no need to go overboard on major remodeling, but a few simple upgrades can make a big difference. Kitchens and bathrooms are great places to upgrade to see a return on your investment. From new sinks and light fixtures to new hand towels and shower curtains, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive upgrades you can make to give your place a new, updated look.
Pay attention to curb appeal
After potential buyers see your listing photos, the next thing they’ll see is your home’s exterior. If it turns them off, it won’t matter how nice the inside looks.
Make sure your yard looks great by trimming the hedges, refreshing mulch, and doing any needed edging. You might also want to pressure-wash your house and driveway or maybe even paint your shutters and trim.
Every detail matters, so polish your doorknob and kickplate and clean away cobwebs and debris from the porch. You can also add flowers near the entryway for an inviting splash of color.
Give these tips a try to sell your home and complete your move faster and more easily.