It may feel like you have a mile-long to-do list that needs to be completed before you can start the process of selling your home. Remember that your real estate agent is here to help you as you begin the process, and it will be worth it in the end! To begin, there are a few items that need to be checked off your list before you can put your house on the market; doing these things will help guarantee the best possible offer.
Start by making any necessary repairs to your home. Begin with minor, low-cost projects that will help the property look like it’s in tip-top shape when it comes time to put it on the market, including touching up the paint and fixing any holes in the walls. While you’re working on improvements, also make sure to pay extra attention to the landscaping in your front yard. When potential buyers come to take a tour of your home, you want to make a fantastic first impression from the moment they pull up to the driveway. Curb appeal can make all the difference. As an added touch, consider painting the front door if it needs it, purchase a wreath, and always have a welcome mat.
When you get ready to list your house for sale, only add high-quality photos to the listing—not grainy cellphone photos taken in bad lighting. For this reason, your real estate agent will likely connect you with a professional photographer or schedule one to come out with your permission, to ensure potential buyers have a great first impression of your home from the moment they lay eyes on it online.
The last thing you should consider is staging the common living areas for the open house. Organize, declutter, and clean up your main living space and remove any extra furniture that might get in the way of people walking through your home. The goal is to show potential buyers that they’ll be able to make the house their own. There is nothing worse than having clutter or garbage lying around, making it difficult for potential buyers to envision their new life there. When it comes to staging, less is best.
If you’re looking for any additional suggestions or feedback on how to prepare your home, don’t hesitate to reach out. 952.200.9461