Prepare Your Home for Market

Your home only has one shot of making a “First Impression” when it is listed for sale and marketed to the public. First impressions are lasting impressions so make your lasting impression a positive one. There are many things that homeowners can do to spruce up their homes without breaking the bank.

  • Curb Appeal – the first thing a buyer sees when they get to your house –you want this to speak to Buyers and say “I am fabulous; come on in and look around” Yards/shrubs are groomed, grass is green, flower beds weeded, walkways clean and it never hurts to have eye catching colorful flowers out front.
  • Inside – To get top dollar in any market your home should appeal to the majority of Buyers. Buyer trends will evolve and change with whatever is popular at the time you are ready to sell. Here is where your knowledgeable Realtor is so important. If your Realtor doesn’t. understand the current Buyer activity they cannot properly advise you on how your home will present to the majority of Buyers. In any market the concept of “less is more” will typically play true. Minimize furniture and counter top appliances as much as possible. Pack away personal items that tell Buyers someone else lives in this home; Buyers need to see themselves living in the home. This is one reason why vacant homes with professional staging typically get top dollar. Colors are neutral, furniture is properly sized and placed to showcase the rooms, bathrooms and kitchens are dolled up with linens and the kitchen and bathroom countertops are free of clutter.
  • Kitchens and Baths still sell homes – These are typically the most expensive rooms to remodel in a home. If your budget does not allow for a full remodel but the rooms need some freshening up you might look into updating light fixtures, update handles on cupboards, update mirrors, update faucets, stain or paint older cabinets.
  • Cleaning your home inside and out exudes “Pride of Ownership” to potential Buyers. Buyers feel more compelled to purchase a higher priced, well cared for home than a lower priced home that does not appear to have been loved and cared for. Power wash the exterior to remove dirt and spider webs, wash windows and screens, clean carpets/floors/kitchen appliances/showers/tubs, and clean tile grout as best you can. Remove old caulking around tubs/showers and replace with new caulking.

Keep in mind your end goal is to make your home present to its very best ability when you first list it for sale and begin the marketing process. With pen and paper in hand, walk your property and make notes of things that you see need changed and then change them if you can.

Call me if you want my help with ideas on how to best present your home to the active Buyers searching the market today.

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