Preparing your House For Sale

Everyone wants to sell their home as quickly as possible and for the most money. Of course, this doesn't happen through luck but hard work. Before listing your home, you need to make sure it's in the best possible shape to present to potential buyers.

Preparing Your House for Sale

A home that's in tip-top shape will appeal to more buyers and sell faster. Buyers want to be put at ease that the home they purchase is in good condition and they won't have to worry about putting a lot of money into fixing problems. The best way to make buyers feel comfortable is showing that the visible areas of the home are maintained; most will assume that other areas of the home they can't see, such as the plumbing system, is also well cared for.

As you get your home ready for sale, you will want to consider:
  • The amount of money you should spend
  • The interior of your home
  • The exterior and curb appeal

Before getting your home ready for sale, take the time to disassociate yourself from the house. Think of it as a product you are trying to sell and don't let your emotions make the decisions.

How Much Should You Spend?

Spend as little as possible to prepare your home for sale. While buyers will love to see a brand new roof, they aren't going to pay much for it, and you'll eat most of the cost. There's a big difference between making small, inexpensive touch-ups, like repainting in neutral colors and changing out cabinet hardware, and doing a costly renovation.

Improving the Exterior and Curb Appeal

Before you can impress buyers with the beautiful interior, you have to get them in the door! If your home's exterior doesn't look well maintained and the property lacks curb appeal, buyers won't even get out of the car to step inside.

Preparing to Sell

Tips to improve your homes curb appeal:
  • Keep the lawn edged, watered and cut
  • Prune trees and weed the lawn and flowerbeds
  • Check the walkways, patio, steps and foundation for any crumbling or cracks
  • Check doors and windows for peeling paint
  • Clean and align the gutters
  • Replace or repair damaged or loose singles
  • Repair loose siding
  • Add brightly colored annuals to your home near the front entrance during the summer and spring; in the winter, add an evergreen plant in a pot
  • Keep the garage door closed
  • Apply new paint to the front door
  • Power wash the siding and sidewalks

Focus on the Interior

Once your home's exterior is in good shape, go through every area of your home and make improvements. Declutter and depersonalize by removing family photos, books from bookcases, knickknacks and other small items. Make sure the kitchen counters are completely clear.

Take the time to organize closets and kitchen cabinets, because buyers will look. If a buyer sees a bunch of clothing crammed into your closets, they'll be left with the impression that the home doesn't have enough storage space and isn't cared for.

Focus on the Interior
Make your home sparkle by:
  • Washing windows
  • Re-caulking the sinks, showers and bathtubs
  • Polish faucets and mirrors
  • Clean out and organize the refrigerator
  • Vacuum every day
  • Wax the floors
  • Make sure light fixtures, ceiling fan blades and furniture stays dusted
  • Clean grout
  • Hang fresh white towels in the bathroom

Above all else, remember that you want your home to look as clean, cared for and appealing as possible when buyers come in. Walk through your house with a real estate agent or friend to look for areas that need improvement and spend as little money as possible to maximize your return.

Are you ready to save THOUSANDS when selling your home?