How do I prepare my home for sale?
There is living in a home and then there is preparing the home for sale. These are not necessarily compatible. To maximize the sale potenial you must keep the home ready to show at all times. Buyers could call at any moment. The more lookers that you bring through your home, the sooner it will sell. Never turn down potential buyers wanting to look at your home.
Many home buyers make a decision in the first 15 seconds. First impressions are most important. By properly preparing your home for viewing, you have a significant advantage over the competition. What is the first thing that lookers see when they approach your home? Does your home say “this is home?” or “this is a project?”
Reduce clutter. Make every room and closet in the home neat, clean and tidy. Place boxes and other bulky items in storage off the property. You want buyers to feel that your home is spacious, open and welcoming.
Pack away personal items. Remove personal photos, trophies, and collectables. You want buyers to see the property as “theirs”, not as “yours”.
Open all the blinds. Turn on all the lights. Turn on soft music. Set the mood that this is “home”.
Resolve as many issues as possible with your home. Most buyers today hire a professional home inspector before they close on a home. The inspectors are required by law to note every possible thing wrong with your home. You’re better off resolving issues so none are found. The more issues found with the home, the more the price is driven down.