Selling your home can be overwhelming, as it can be difficult to know what to concentrate on when making improvements. To help you in this process, our team has outlined a tailored list of things to keep in mind when listing your home on the market to support a smooth and speedy sale. Prospective buyers would rather see how great your home looks upon buying it, rather than hearing about how great it could look with a little work.
Buyers appreciate when homes are clean and tidy. Washing windows, eliminating clutter, and dusting surfaces can go a very long way when you are selling.
Aroma is the first thing prospective buyers will notice when they walk into your home. In order to ensure that your house is smelling fresh, eliminate odors by steam cleaning your carpets and washing your walls and floors with household cleaners and disinfectants. For an added touch, light a naturally scented candle that will offer a subtle, clean aroma.
Painting your walls is one of the most efficient ways to make the interior of your home look newer. But—be wary of trendy colors, and stick to basic neutrals, which will suggest cleanliness, freshness, and brighten up the space.
Your front lawn and the exterior of your home is your first opportunity to make a good impression on buyers. A well-manicured lawn, groomed shrubbery, and clutter-free porch are welcoming to prospective buyers. Cleaning or updating the color of your front door is also a great way to liven things up a bit. Be careful not to overdo it with the lawn decorations — the fewer obstacles between prospects and the core appeal of your home, the better.
Dripping water is annoying, can discolor sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs darken rooms. Making sure that faucets are in tip-top shape and that all light bulbs are working will allow potential buyers to focus on the features of your home rather than the issues with it.
You may have been able to live with a closet door that’s always a hassle to open, however, not fixing it prior to showing it can cost you a sale. If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a potential buyer’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can just as easily fix them. A little effort on your part now can help you close a sale down the line.
When selling a home, the goal is for potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living there. Tidying up clutter allows potential buyers to picture their own items in the home, making them more inclined to buy. The more organized your closets are, the larger they appear. Making sure storage spaces such as your attic and basement are clean and free of clutter will also make your home appear larger.
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine! In addition to a good scrub down, check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. Always display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains - and remember that crisp white linens helps to make your bathroom appear clean and sanitary.
Presenting an inviting and comfortable bedroom space is a must when selling to potential buyers. Do away with excess furniture so that the room appears roomy and airy. Adding a colorful bedspread and fresh curtains will brighten up the room as well.
The more natural light your home appears to have, the better! In the daytime, make sure that all curtains are pulled back and keep the lights on. At night, make sure every light is on to add color and warmth.
Potential buyers want to be able to stroll through your home and examine all it has to offer. Keep the number of people present at showings minimal, so that buyers don’t feel rushed as they walk through your home. Pets can also pose a distraction to buyers. Do everyone a favor and keep your pets out of sight, whether that is outside, or with friends.
No matter how humble your home, never apologize for its shortcomings, as this will only bring attention to them. If a potential buyer does make a not-so-nice comment about your home, allow the real estate professional present to handle the situation (they’ve been through this before).
You know your home better than anyone, but potential buyers know what they are looking for and what they want. Leave explanations to the real estate professionals who have experience articulating the virtues of your home.
When potential buyers come to view your home, don’t offer to sell your furnishing. This can distract them and you may end up losing the sale. If they do ask about certain furnishings, this is a conversation you can all have later.
Your real estate agent will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through their office. Offer to keep an eye on the brochure box attached to your sign and make sure it is always filled with flyers. Try to accommodate potential buyers when they want to see your home. When potential buyers want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert —your real estate agent.