23 Important Things to do When Planning to Sell Your Home

If you’re expecting top dollar, here’s what you’ll have to do.

So you’re thinking about selling your home? If you’re looking to get top dollar and sell your home quicker, get in contact with Dexter Adriaanse (real estate agent) to help you strategize a plan and discuss the following items.

Make Repairs

Now is the time to fix all of those nagging things that you just lived with. Inside the house, look for things like stained ceilings, missing tile, broken windows and doors, heavily scratched floors and other signs of neglect. Outside, look for broken or missing shingles, patio pavers and tuckpointing. If you have a deck, check for cracks in floor boards and loose railings. Make a list of everything you see and then decide which things you’re going to tackle. A real estate agent can be very helpful in determining what needs to be done and what doesn’t. Here are complete how-to instructions for several common repairs: Wall and Ceiling Repair, Laminate Floor Repair, Shingle Repair and Deck and Railing Repair.

Finish Projects

Every homeowner has at least a couple ongoing projects that never seem to get finished. Now is the time to finish painting the guest room, install the ceiling fan you bought last summer and stain that beadboard you put up in the pantry. If painting is on your list, this collection of tips will help you finish the task with a lot less mess.

Curb Appeal

It’s important that your home makes a good first impression. When potential buyers drive up to your home, you want them to think, “Wow! I could live here!” To make sure buyers want to see the inside of your home, make sure the outside is well-kept, tidy and inviting. It’s important to touch-up or completely repaint trim., keep the grass cut, edge along sidewalks and paths, maintain flowers and shrubs and keep the yard tidy. You never know when curious buyers will drive by.

Declutter

Resist the urge to roll your eyes at this one. It is imperative that your home looks livable. Potential buyers may not be able to see past your clutter. Think of it this way—don’t move things you no longer want or need. Make decisions now and your house will sell faster and your move will be easier. It’s no secret that getting started is the hardest part of decluttering. Take one room, or even part of one room, at a time and dive in. Recycle or shred paper. Donate books, toys, clothing and duplicate household items. If you’re getting frustrated and you can’t deal with one more stack of papers or shoebox of old photos, put them in a plastic tub, label the tub and stack it somewhere out of the way. A stack of tubs doesn’t look like clutter. For completely out-of-the-way plastic tub storage, check out this simple rack for storing tubs overhead in your garage.

Declutter Some More!

Don’t overlook items on display on your shelves, tables and countertops and inside buffets and other glass-door or open-shelf cabinets. You probably don’t even notice what’s there, but too much clutter on and in everything can distract a buyer. A good rule of thumb is ‘Reduce by 50 percent.’ In other words, if you have 10 things on a shelf, put away (or get rid of) five. If there are a dozen mugs on display in the kitchen, lose six. One more thing: If you have a lot of personal items on display, it can make it harder for potential buyer’s to imagine themselves living there. If you display items of a political or religious nature that could be off-putting to others, consider putting them in storage until you can proudly display them again in your new home.

Think Neutrals

If you decide to do some interior painting, stick to neutral colors. You’ve heard it before, but it’s the truth. Neutrals don’t distract and they allow potential buyers to imagine their things in your home. 

CLEAN!

This may be the most important step you take toward getting your home ready to sell. For a home to live up to the “move-in condition” description, it has to be clean. If you already keep a clean house, simply keep up the good work, checking to make sure you don’t overlook little-used closets and other nooks and crannies that aren’t part of your weekly routine. This needs to be a deep cleaning. For the rest of us, it’s time to get serious. Start at the top (the attic or second-story rooms) and work your way down. Clean ceiling light fixtures first, scrub walls and woodwork and finish with floors. As you work your way from top to bottom, don’t leave one area until it is completely clean and then move on. Don’t drag dirt from one area back into the place you just cleaned. Finally, don’t underestimate the power of clean windows. Buyers won’t walk in and think, “Wow, clean windows!” But, freshly cleaned windows look great from the outside and with the lights on, they sparkle on the inside.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Your furniture is arranged the way it best suits you and your family. When you’re staging your home to sell, you’ll need to use your furniture as marketing tools to help create inviting vignettes. Avoid having furniture lined up along the walls. Pull the sofa away from the wall and pull chairs close to create a conversation area. Also, you may need to remove some furniture so it’s easy for people to walk around in the rooms. If you’ve toured model homes and had the feeling you could move right in and live there, that’s what you’re going for. Be sure to use best lifting practices as well.

Buy Fresh Flowers and Paints

If the weather allows, plant flowers in pots, window boxes or right in the ground to add color and pump up the curb appeal. Pay close attention to the plants, keeping them watered and trimmed. Inside the house, fresh flowers in vases add color, life and the feeling that you, as the home seller, are putting your best foot forward. It may not matter to some buyers but others will appreciate this detail and take it as a sign that your home has been well cared for. If you grow vegetables indoors or want to, here’s how to get those seedlings to sprout.

Create a Welcoming Entryway

If your apartment doesn’t have a proper entryway, create your own. Use a padded bench and hang some hooks for coats, or build a simple entryway storage and organizer to keep clutter at bay.

Choose Low-Maintenance Materials

If you’re doing some last-minute upgrades to sell your home, such as replacing flooring or countertops, choose low-maintenance materials. Many potential buyers don’t want to spend a lot of time with cleaning and maintenance. Also, make sure your yard is low-maintenance so buyers aren’t intimidated by potential upkeep.

Remove Personal Items

If you have a lot of family photos on the wall or several pieces of your child’s artwork on the refrigerator door, you should take them down and store them out of sight. This will help buyers see the home as a clean slate they could make their own. It might be sad to take those personal items down but it will help you sell your home in the meantime.

Upgrade the Lighting

If your lamps and other light fixtures are outdated, consider replacing them with modern ones. Buyers don’t want to feel like they’re taking a step back in time with outdated fixtures. This is an easy fix that will help sell your home. Learn How to Install Elegant Cove Lighting.

Fix Pet Issues and Eliminate Odors

Did Fido leave a stain on the living room carpet? Does the basement smell like a cat’s litter box? You may have become accustomed to the smells in your home but they may be unappealing to potential buyers. Make the effort to clean and tidy up all fabric surfaces like couches and use deodorizers/neutralizers on your carpets. A smelly house is a big turn off but it’s an easy fix.

Update the Paint

Since not everyone is into wallpaper getting it removed it the best thing. And when repainting, apply fresh coats of neutral-colored paint on the walls. This will appeal to the tastes of more buyers.

Wash The Exterior

If your house has siding, carefully use a pressure washer to clean the exterior. Also, make sure the windows are clean and the gutters are clear before you try to sell your home. If you’re not in the mood to this work yourself, you can easily hire someone for a few hundred dollars, but it’ll be worth it in getting your asking price.

Get a Home Inspection

While it’s usually buyers that have a home inspection done, I advise that you have one before you put your home on the market. It will give you a chance to address any issues and decide whether or not to have them fixed in advance. Items from a home inspection are the most used justification used to negotiate your asking price down. By handling them in advance, it’s less expensive and keeps the negotiating power with you.

Make Roof Repairs

One of bigger items that usually comes up during an inspection is the roof. Few things turn buyers away more quickly than a roof needing repairs. Address roof repairs before putting your home on the market or be ready to negotiate for a lower asking price.

Update Hardware

If you’re not interested in redoing your kitchen cabinets before selling, in the least, you should upgrade the handles and knobs. This will give it a more modern look and help sell your home. Updating hardware applies to other main doors in your house as well. A shiny, sold new handle gives the feel of “newness”.

Organize Closets

Messy, packed closets read: There’s not enough storage in this home. Weed-out closets by 50 percent, and make sure what’s left is clean and organized in stacks or bins. Buyers will open closet doors and kitchen cupboards; make sure they don’t see a big mess! 

Simple Decor

It’s a good idea to keep the decor simple when selling a home. Sellers want to allow potential buyers to imagine the possibilities of a house. Distracting decor will turn buyers off from the thought of trying to picture how they can decorate a room.

Luxuriate the Bathroom

The bathroom can be a highlight of a house and when putting a home on the market, sellers should make it shine. A soaking tub can be the perfect place to unwind for a potential buyer. Make a bathroom feel like a spa even if it’s not a lavish room.

These are just some of the main items to consider and do before putting your home on the market. If you would like to discuss a more detailed plan, including how to market your home to ensure a top dollar sale, fill in the form below and we’ll talk soon.

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