Sellers:  Get your home ready to sell! Feb14


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Sellers: Get your home ready to sell!

Are you planning to put your home up for sale this Spring? You need to get busy cleaning, de-cluttering and packing. Don’t wait too long to start this process. Inventory is down right now! The sooner your home is ready to list, the less competition you will have.

I know the weather isn’t the greatest right now, so let’s concentrate on the inside. No excuses because it’s raining outside, right? Here are some tips to help you prioritize.

  • Start packing. What should you be packing? Think of two important strategies of staging, which is de-cluttering and depersonalizing. Pack away (or give away or have a garage sale) personal photos, collections and knick knacks. You do not want Buyer’s distracted by your tea cup collection or your wedding photo collage. Believe me, Buyers do get distracted by “stuff”. It’s okay to find a place in the garage to stack boxes. Buyers will understand you are moving as long as they can still walk around the boxes and see the garage. Don’t forget your clothes closets and linen closets. Thin them out so it looks as if you have enough room for your clothing and other storage. You don’t want to give the impression that you’ve run out of room.
  • Fresh, neutral paint.  Now that you’ve cleared away the clutter, how do your walls look? Are they dingy, in need of repairs or a dark blue that you love? An inexpensive way to brighten up your home is with fresh, neutral paint color. Ever notice how model homes are typically all neutral colors on the walls? They know that buyers might have a hard time picturing themselves in a home with purple or bright yellow walls if it doesn’t complement their own furniture.
  • Complete that “Honey-do” list.  You know, that list in your mind of:  the leaky bathroom faucet, missing light switch plate in the kids room, the door knob to the closet that’s about to fall off, burnt out light bulbs. These small things can add up to one big message to a Buyer:  this home has not been well maintained!
  • Clean like you’ve never cleaned before. There is  nothing that turns a Buyer off more than an unclean home with odors. Especially bathrooms and kitchens. Don’t forget to clean light fixtures, air vents, baseboards, window sills, under furniture, the fireplace, windows and window blinds/curtains.

Now, you have a great start to getting your home staged so that it is ready for that first Buyer to walk through the door. I will have more on staging in my next blog. What is staging all about and why do you have to do it? It’s about presenting your home in the best possible way. I’m not suggesting you go out and buy new furniture or completely remodel your home, contrary to some home improvement TV shows. However, there are many things a homeowner can do to highlight the features of their home, rather than disguise them. After all, it’s the house you are selling, not your things.

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