Putting your home on the market can be stressful. Showing your home requires a clean, presentable house! And pets and children can amplify that stress. Just remember, buyers will be most interested in your home the first few weeks it’s on the market, so make sure when you list your home is ready to show and ready to go. As experienced real estate agents, we have lots of tips and suggestions that can help as well.
1. Get a storage unit rather than cluttering up closets. Anyone who tours your home is going to check out the storage spaces, and disorganized, overstuffed closets only serve as evidence that your home is lacking space. Opt instead for a storage unit to house the things you won’t need while your home is on the market. If you don't use it every day, store it!
2. Stage it! A professional home stager sees your home from a buyer’s perspective, and can really show off its strengths and soften its flaws. This is not mandatory, but if you are not confident in your own decor or design skills, it's a great option.
3. Find the right real estate agent - this is where we come in! Don’t hire a real estate agent just because they are a long-time family friend or from your home town. Ask these questions instead... Are they familiar with the community and the neighborhood? Can they walk into your home and tell you what buyers will love and hate, confidently? We are local, professional agents that will work hard to promote your home, and communicate openly with you throughout the process.
4. Promote it yourself. Don’t leave all the marketing to us. You can get the word out about your home by using your personal social media accounts and sending the listing page to family and friends.
5. Make small upgrades. Major remodels aren't necessary. More than likely, you won’t get your money back. But you can focus on small upgrades, like in the kitchen and bathroom. A new sink or cabinet hardware in the kitchen, or light fixtures, shower curtains, and hand towels in the bathroom, are inexpensive but can instantly transform your space. Small upgrades can make a great first impression and have a big impact!
6. Keep it light. A dark or poorly lit home can feel damp and depressing. Brighten it up by using natural and artificial light. One idea is to get the highest wattage light bulb for your light fixtures, helping to brighten up the rooms.
7. Improve curb appeal. Clean up and spruce up your yard by trimming and shaping hedges, refreshing mulch, and edging the lawn. Consider pressure-washing your house, walkways, and driveway, or even adding a fresh coat of paint to your trim and shutters. Sweep the porch, clean any cobwebs or bird droppings, and add some flowers to the entryway! Every little bit helps.