When preparing your property for sale the most important thing you can do is to make certain that everything is flawlessly clean and well organized for showings. Any agent can tell you that there is nothing worse than showing a property that is filthy or unmaintained and this is one of the most important bits of advice I can give you when it comes to a selling your home.
Most buyers are searching for a home that is ready to be moved into with as little fuss as possible and by leaving even just a few flaws you may take your home out of the running. Without giving cleanliness and details the attention they need, you may have showing after showing, open house after open house, ending up with either no results at all or an offer that is significantly less than what you were hoping for. Before your agent brings anyone into your home, here are some things you should do in order to ensure your home shows to its fullest possible potential.
1. Remove any clutter
We all know how clutter can accumulate, especially if you’ve been living in your home for quite some time. Closets, cupboards and countertops should be cleared out and cleaned. Toss those old magazines, pack up those old family photos and think spacious and clean. While your memories and collectibles are lovely, the most important thing here is to give people an uncluttered idea of what your house will look like without your belongings in it. If at all possible, store your items off-site to allow for even more space.
2. Clean Everything!
A clean house is essential as far as first impressions go and potential buyers will be far more impressed with the idea that your home has been well looked after. I recommend hiring a cleaning service if at all possible as nothing compares to a professional cleaning.
If cleaning on your own, be sure to air the house and wash everything in sight. Carpeting, window hangings, walls, light fixtures and baseboards, spare nothing in your mission to make everything beautifully clean!
3. Make minor repairs
Go through each room and try to look at things from an objective point of view. Anything you see that needs repairing, a closet door here and a loose baseboard there, will make a huge difference in the impression that buyers get when going through your home. Living with these things every day may make them difficult for you to notice, used to them as you are, but try to look at your home from a realtor’s point of view; take the grand tour and fix anything you see that doesn’t quite pass muster.
4. Book a Home Inspection
A pre-sale home inspection can run anywhere from $250 to $400 which may seem steep but can be one of the most proactive ways to make certain the property is in top shape for your showings. A professional home inspector can point out issues that may make buyers run the other way, so getting an inspection before your showings can be an excellent way to avoid problems you may not have noticed on your own.
5. Seek out replacement estimates
If your home inspection turns up work you find yourself unable to afford, getting replacement estimates to present to potential buyers will help them determine what they will need to spend over and above the purchase price. Be sure also to leave any warranties, instruction booklets and guarantees for any appliances you expect to leave behind with the house such as the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher and anything else you won’t be taking with you.
Pay attention to details, even though it may seem as though they are endless. Wiping those fingerprints from the light switch plates, cleaning those windows and polishing those fixtures will go a long way toward making certain your home is attractive to potential buyers!
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