Getting Your Home Ready for Sale
What can you do to your home to prepare it for the market?
Long gone are the days where you could list it as-is and still get a good deal for it, and we believe that the prettiest home tends to win out in any given price point, so here are a few tips that will help you make yours stand out.
First, you need to declutter. If you can afford to do so, it’s a good idea to rent a storage unit and stow away any extra items you remove from the house. Since spring is almost here, you also need to pack up your winter clothes. If you have children, make sure you put away their toys and store them in a designated area.
Next, you need to stage your home. To get an idea of how to do this, try walking through a model home sometime. They typically don’t have much stuff inside them, so the lesson to remember when decorating is less is more.
“We believe that the prettiest home tends to win out in any given price point.”
After that, take a look at your flooring. If you have carpet and it’s an unusual color or it’s old and worn out, it might be a good idea to replace it. A buyer can use bad carpeting as an excuse not to buy your home or as a negotiation tactic. In the latter case, they’ll always ask for an expensive replacement. In their eyes, new carpeting always costs more than what it actually does because they have a fear of the unknown.
If you just replace the carpet yourself, you’ll not only save money by being able to install a more moderately priced selection, but you’ll also give your home a fresh look and give the buyer that “blank canvas” that allows them to paint their own life onto it, so to speak. It’s a small investment that brings a large return.
Lastly, consider giving your home a quick repaint.
If you have any more questions about getting your home ready for the market or you have any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you.