Selling your home is never easy. However there are some simple steps you can take to make the process less painful. In today’s market it is especially important to do whatever you can to make sure that you receive the full value for your house. This article will help you get started.
First make sure you don’t forget to stage the outside of your house as well as the inside. I’m sure you have heard the term “curb appeal”. How your house and property look outside is the first impression that potential buyers will get. Before you even list the house take a good look around and see if there are any repairs that need to be done. How does the driveway look? Are there oil stains all over it? Is the gutter in good condition? If you need to hire someone to do weeding and lawn mowing do so. Even some strategically planted flowers can make a world of difference. Stand out in the street and try to look at the house objectively as if you were a potential buyer.
The second thing I would recommend is to depersonalize your home. Start packing up any and all personal items such as pictures, refrigerator artwork, religious items, all those things that mark this home as being specifically yours. This will help potential buyers to be able to picture the house as already being theirs. While you are doing this also make sure that the house stays clutter free. Make sure important papers, kids toys, and things that can be kept out of sight are being put away when not in use.
Get A Second Opinion
Another thing I would highly suggest is to get a fresh pair of eyes to examine the inside of your house. While this may be slightly embarrassing it is important to catch some things you may miss. Invite your best friend over and have them check for spots that may need repairs or cleaning that you have missed. An example might be shower doors where the tracks are rusty or full of gunk. Being that they are not at eye level It’s easy for you to overlook them when doing cleaning. The same goes for small household repairs that you may have missed. Every little thing counts in today’s market.
Providing as much access as possible to potential buyers is a must. You are more then likely going to be competing against short sales and foreclosures which are usually empty and can be shown anytime. You want to make it as easy as possible for sales agents and their clients to be able to see your home at their convenience. If it’s difficult due to your schedule they may just skip your house completely and move on.
What things have you done to prepare a home for sale?