First Time Seller? Prepare Your Home for Sale – Our Top 5 Suggestions!

Posted on June 22, 2021. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

Our Top 5 Suggestions for preparing your home to sell. First impressions make an impact! From the online presentation, to the first home tour, the goal is to have buyers clearly vision how they will decorate and live in the home. Here are a few of our suggestions to making your home ready for the market and attracting excited buyers!

  1. Consider Your Curb Appeal

Once your house hits the market, buyers will be eager to drive by your property to scope out the area. It is important that buyers feel welcomed in their potentially new neighborhood.

Here are a few things you can do to improve your curb appeal:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Place freshly potted flowers/plants on porch or around garage
  • Hide trash cans, recycling bins, garden hoses, toys, and any yard clutter
  • Remove vehicles from the driveway
  • Sweep off the porch
  • Add a cozy welcome mat to the porch

You want potential buyers to envision themselves in the property. Minimizing clutter and things in their way will help them see envision themselves in the new space.

2. Remove Personal Items

Personal items make a home feel like your home. Limit the amount of personal items and photos on display in your home so potential buyers feel like it could be their space, too.

Here are a few items to consider removing from your home:

  • Framed family photos
  • Collectables
  • Dog beds / cages
  • Artwork with busy patterns
  • Children’s toys
  • Magnets on fridge

3. Clean Up

Clean up the interior of your home and remember – less is more. You want potential buyers to imagine how they would decorate the house, where they would put their furniture, and see the potential.

We suggest removing the following items from the interior of your home:

  • Laundry / Clothes Piles
  • Dirty dishes
  • Appliances on countertops (toaster/blender)
  • Remove clutter from top of fridge
  • Floor mats
  • Wash rags
  • Trash cans
  • Tooth brushes and holders
  • Unraveled hoses

4. Organize!

In an effort to declutter your home, organize your space. That includes closets, cupboards and garages. Potential buyers will want to see it all! Try to avoid shoving items into closets and cluttering the cupboards. Full closets might scare buyers that the home does not have enough storage.

Here are a few suggested areas to organize:

  • Bathroom closets
  • Bedroom closets, including guest bedrooms
  • Linen closets
  • Storage closets
  • Kitchen cupboards
  • Kitchen drawers
  • Fridge (especially if the buyer will be keeping the fridge)
  • Laundry Room
  • Make all beds
  • Desk / Office
  • Clear off all surfaces, this helps the rooms feel bigger

5. Maintenance

Broken items around your home? We suggest fixing those items prior to listing your home.

Here are a few items we suggest checking and fixing if needed:

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Replace light bulbs with warm tone lights
  • Replace any broken curtain rods or blinds
  • Close toilet lids
  • Close shower curtains/doors

Questions? Feel free to contact our team to prepare your home or grab a second set of eyes!

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