10 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Sale

May 20, 2019

There are three main factors that determine what a home will sell for: Location, price, and condition.

You can’t change the location, and you can’t change the market, but you can change the CONDITION of your home to get the best price possible!

The first goal in selling your home is getting prospective buyers to physically view your home. And in order for that to happen your home must show well online so when buyers arrive that the first impression is a “wow” experience!

Use these 10 tips to make sure your home presents as well as possible.

1. Landscaping

Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure you’re yard looks it’s best. Keep the lawn mowed, prune back bushes, clean up any flower gardens, and haul away any dead branches, etc. If you want to go the extra mile, put out some flowers in planters.

2. Visible repairs

If there are broken window panes, fence slats, or wood rot on the exterior, go ahead and have those repaired. Trust me, any buyer making an offer will want those things to be fixed, and they’ll lower their offer because of the obvious need for repairs.

3. Shine up the Exterior

A dirty or poorly maintained exterior sends the message that the home has not been taken care of. For a fresh clean look, power-wash the exterior, sidewalks and the driveway. If the paint is dull or worn, repaint! It’s also a good time to make sure your house numbers are easily seen from the street day or night. Buyers have to FIND your house in order to view it!

4. Paint the Front Door

A fresh coat of paint on the front door adds “pop” to your homes first impression.

From Bleak to Black – It may sound emo, but painting your front door black is actually a tried-and-true way of increasing home value. According to Realtor.com, a black door gives buyers the impression that your house is a serious, stately and safe choice.

5. Organize & Remove

Buyers want to envision their belongings in the home and having a lot of personalized knick-knacks keeps that from happening. Also, rooms with less furniture feel bigger. So get some storage containers and pack up as much of the loose stuff as you can. Then pare down the furniture to the minimum — many experts recommend removing half of your furniture.

Organize your closets and drawers. Believe it or not, buyers will open closets, so don’t have a surprise waiting for them! Organized closets look bigger.

6. Clean Clean Clean

From floor to ceiling make your home shine. Clean windows inside and out, baseboards, light switches, ceiling fans, door panels, anywhere dust and grime may have collected.

7. Eliminate Odors

If you have an indoor pet you must make sure there are no tell-tale odors, and keep in mind that you have become acclimated to any odors, so you can’t always trust your nose. This is a great question to ask your Realtor, and don’t be offended if he or she is honest with you.

If there are odors, you’ll want to shampoo the carpets and furniture with a pet deodorizer shampoo.

But don’t just remove odors, also create a pleasant olfactory mood in your home! Whether you use Frebreze, candles, or plug-in scented canisters, you want your home smelling it’s best.

Cookies anyone? It’s true that the smell of fresh-baked cookies makes people feel at home. But who wants to bake cookies before every showing? Instead, take 2 cups of hot tap water, 1-2 tsp of your favorite spice, and 2 tsp of vanilla extract. mix them together and put into a crock pot. Turn it on an hour before each showing!

8. Tone Down The Color

Color is very personal, and you don’t want to turn off prospective buyers who may not love your purple bedroom! Home sales statistics prove that homes that are painted cool light colors sell faster and for more money.

9. Stage your Home

Staging a home is simply the process of strategically arranging furnishings and decor to make your home look its best. Why is this important? A 2017 National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey found that 49 percent of buyers’ agents say that staging positively affects buyers’ view of a home.

In fact, I believe staging is so important that it’s one of the services we offer for FREE to our clients!

10. Take Great Pictures

It’s said that a picture tells a thousand words. In your case, your listing pictures tell a thousand words about your home!

FACT: 99% of Millennials and 89% of boomers search on online websites for homes before they ever visit the first home.

In other words, it’s imperative that your home not only looks inviting in person but that the online photos represent your home in the best way possible.

This is where our team shines! We simply have the best online photo’s available, taken in HDR (HDR stands for high dynamic range technique that creates a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard photographic techniques).

The picture above is an actual photo from one of my listings.

And… HDR pictures are included FREE when you list your home with me!

So there you are – 10 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Sale.

And I’ll even add in a bonus…

11. Hire A Great Agent

One of the most important decisions you can make in selling your home is choosing the right agent. You want an agent who is honest, hard-working, and will always represent your best interests.

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And as always, if you have any questions, or would like to know what your home is worth, contact us at (910) 547-7184, CLICK HERE to email us.

Tammy & Clay Ritter
Brokers / REALTORS
Hope Street Realty