13 Jan Preparing to sell? Here are some tips to get you started.
Preparing to sell, here are some tips!
Prior to putting your house on the market, there’s a list of items that need to be checked off prior to list day. You should definitely anticipate that some time will need to be dedicated to organizing, slight repairs, cleaning, and possibly some yard work.
Here are a few items to help get you on the right track for list day:
The color of walls DO matter
While a turquoise accent wall or bright green kitchen may be your thing, it’s not for everybody. On the other side of this, white paint from room to room is very boring. It feels cold. Brace yourselves, you may end up having to paint some, if not all, rooms in the house prior to listing.
Cut the Clutter
You should have the least amount of furniture in each room before any showings. Just enough to make the room look warm and inviting, while also maximizing the size of each room. It may mean that the majority of your items end up in the garage and you park your car outside. This is all temporary and for the greater good of getting your home sold. Allowing you and your family to move on to your dream home.
It’s Not Your Home Anymore
This is an easy one, easy tip anyhow, remove all family photos from the walls, mantles, and bookshelves. The walls should be clean and bare. This does not include staging décor: mirrors or nice minimal scenic photos.
Removing all personality from the house.
It takes time
Plenty of times, when preparing to sell, we underestimate the amount of time it will take to fully prepare a house to be listed. Some, when preparing to list during summer, will use a long break, like spring break, to prep the house for listing. Your time will be filled with painting, sanding, and filling holes etc.
The House Won’t Stay Clean
Yes, we know you just got the house in tip top shape. That may mean that it’s now spic and span, has a fresh coat of paint, and you have even rearranged your furniture to enhance the size of the rooms in your home. This is all in an effort to make your home feel like it could be the potential buyer’s home. Gives them space to envision their photos, family, and memories there.
You were successful! But we need to be realistic on how clean it will stay. You’re still living in the house and if you have children this will be a bit more of a challenge. All you can do is take some steps to prevent unnecessary messes: take your shoes off, don’t touch walls, and vacuum each morning. The rest is unavoidable.
If you have any additional questions, while preparing to sell, give Jeff Anderson and The Anderson Team a call. We can help you get started on the right foot.