Christine Schwartz, REALTOR® with Edge Of The Beach Realty

Christine Schwartz, REALTOR® with Edge Of The Beach Realty

Do These Things Before Listing Your Home

When selling a home, the ultimate goal for sellers is to get the best return for their investment at the closing table. To achieve this, there are several things to do before putting your home on the market. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for sale to increase its marketability and appeal to a wider range of potential buyers.

Decluttering and Cleaning

The first step is to declutter and deep clean your home, especially in high-traffic areas. Remove as much clutter as possible, including personal items, photographs, and things you don’t use daily. You can box up these items and neatly store them in closets, under beds, or in the garage. You can also rent a small storage unit if necessary. Remove all items from your refrigerator, countertops, and bathroom vanities. Prepare plastic tubs with your daily use items to be ready to be placed in a cabinet during showings.

Home Inspection and Repairs

Most buyers will have a home inspection after they go under contract, but having a home inspection before listing can be very cost-effective for sellers and avoid any surprises down the road. A home inspector will do a thorough review of all the major systems, such as plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical. They will also look for any structural or water issues, as well as rotten wood that may be deal breakers for buyers. Sellers can use this information to prioritize necessary repairs. If sellers decide to hold off on repairs before a buyer contract is presented, they will have information needed to get quotes from professionals and have confidence when it’s time to negotiate during the transaction.

Neutral Decor

Bold colors or themed rooms can be a turnoff for buyers. Make the home as neutral as possible so potential buyers can visualize themselves living in the home. A bedroom with a superhero or fantasy theme may not appeal to buyers who don’t have children. You also want the buyer to feel the home is move-in ready.

Enhancing Curb Appeal

The first impression that buyers will have of your home is its exterior. Spend some time pressure washing the walkways, keeping your lawn mowed and edged, trimming bushes, and planting flowers in decorative pots. Clean the front door area of all dirt, cobwebs, and any signs of wasps, spiders, etc. Ensure that your front door is freshly painted and that there is no peeling paint on the railings.

Addressing Odors

Eliminating any unpleasant odors is crucial as they can be a significant turnoff for buyers. If you have pets, smoke, or cook strong-smelling foods, it’s essential to use air fresheners, cleaners, and neutralizing diffusers. If the odors are very strong, consider hiring a professional who specializes in removing odors.

Preparing your home for sale is one of the best things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers, reduce days on the market, and achieve the ultimate goal of making the best bang for your buck at the closing table.



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