When you decide it is time to sell your home you must take some time to get it ready prior to putting it on the MLS. First things first, if you are going to be living in the home while it is on the
Get Your Home Ready To Sell
When you decide it is time to sell your home you must take some time to get it ready prior to putting it on the MLS. First things first, if you are going to be living in the home while it is on the market, you must declutter, and depersonalize the home. Give the buyer an opportunity to move into the home in their mind while they are looking at the home. Clean, clean, clean. Look for the little things that are normally missed, i.e. ceiling fans, floor boards, cabinets, blinds, doors, and air vents. Make sure all glass is streak free, and sparkling. Have your carpets professionally cleaned, and if you are a smoker or have pets, have your air ducts cleaned. If you have bold colors on your walls you may want to take the time to paint them a more neutral color. Take some time with the exterior of the home as well. Power wash the outside, mow the grass, trim any trees or bushes, and pull weeds out of flower beds. Stand back, and take a good look at the house from a buyer's perspective. Maybe you need a fresh coat of paint, or maybe you can get away with just painting the front door. If you don't have any trees or bushes consider buying some potted plants in brightly colored pots to give your front a little more curb appeal. When the buyer walks through your home you want them to feel like they are looking at a new home, not like they are invading your space.
If you will not be living in the home then you must decide whether you would like to stage the home or not. Staging does not mean you have to fully furnish the entire home, just give a little warmth with a few pieces in the rooms. Perhaps some towels in the kitchen, and bathrooms. A bowl of fake fruit, or a bottle of wine, and a couple of glasses in the kitchen. If you are able to put some furniture in the home focus on the living room, and the master bedroom. It will help give the buyer perspective on room size. Of course you will also want to do all of the cleaning, and exterior work as you would if you were going to be living in the home. If you are unable to stage then at least make sure that the home is clean, and odor free. These are just a few of the things you can do to make your home more appealing to a buyer. Most buyers would prefer a move in ready home, so the less work you leave for the buyers the more appealing your home will be.