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Top 5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

Listing your home for sale can be an exciting adventure or it can be slow & frustrating. Luckily, there are plenty of tips & tricks out there to help you with the process. From financial insights to home staging, having trusted experts by your side can help you get the best offers on your home. Hold on to that “For Sale” sign for now though.

Here are our Top 5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale to get you started!

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale - Real Estate House For Sale

1. Declutter

They say less is more & when it comes to preparing your home for sale, it’s definitely true! Having a decluttered house helps buyers visualize the space & eases the worry of having ample room for their belongings. What better time to do a Spring Cleaning? Consider donating unneeded items & renting a storage space for the items you wish to keep. If anything, decluttering will make it easier to move to your new home!

ProTip: Storage is possibly the #1 thing buyers are looking for, half-empty closets that are neatly organized are a game changer!

2. Clean & Touch Up

First impressions mean a lot to potential buyers & where better to start than the “Curb Appeal.” Spending time to tidy up & make easy repairs to the outside makes a huge difference in whether a buyer will book a tour or attend an open house. A quick improvement like planting new flowers or painting the doors & railings can be the key to starting a successful tour.

If you really want to impress buyers, having a move-in-ready home is the way to go. Touching up the interior paint, replacing light bulbs, & other easy fixes are steps you can take & may increase the likelihood of receiving multiple offers. Add some shine to your home with a deep clean & you’re all set to make a positive first impression to potential buyers!

ProTip: The kitchen & living space are the two most important rooms in the home. Consider remodeling or improving necessary aspects of these rooms but be careful not to over-upgrade. Neutral colors are a safe way to appease potential buyers.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale - Home Improvement Project

3. Depersonalize

A buyer wants to be able to visualize themselves living in their new home. Personal items, photos, & any bold furniture can make it hard for the buyers to really feel at home. Packing them up early makes it that much easier for you to move! Remember that less is more, giving the buyer a blank canvas for the home helps them visualize living in their new home.

ProTIp: As much as we love our pets, not every potential buyer will feel welcomed by them. Consider sending them to a friend’s house for a day & cleaning up any messes before an open house or tour.

4. Lighting & Staging

Ready to hang the For Sale sign? Potential buyers could knock at any time so being “show ready” is very important. Consider hiring a stager to help make the most of your living spaces. A staging professional will also help reinvigorate your home, adding perfectly chosen furnishings to bring that modern pop.

Before tours & open houses, take the time to turn on all the lights. Vibrant lighting is something every buyer is looking for in a home. Opening blinds & cleaning windows will help increase natural lighting. Better lighting ultimately provides a cheery atmosphere & better yet, makes the home more sellable!

ProTip: Change out your lightbulbs for brighter & match the color warmth to the rest of your interior. Consider adding a few modest plants to give it some life!

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale - Staging & Lighting - Kitchen

5. Work with an Expert

A dedicated agent will be consistently monitoring the market & assisting you through the process. They will help you find the best prices & update you with any changes. An informed & trustworthy agent can help you avoid disasters in the selling process & often will save you time & money. Don’t be afraid to shop the market to find the best realtor, you should feel comfortable working with your agent.

ProTip: A Real Estate agent not only can help you with listing your home for sale, but they can also provide you with informative resources & recommended experts to make the whole process easier.

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