How to Get Your House Ready to Sell
So, you’re ready to make a move: whether for your career or you are looking to relocate to a better area for your family. First, you need to sell your current home or at least get it on the market. In order to sell your home quickly and at the best possible price, you need to get your house ready to sell. In this post, we’ll go over some tips to get your home to enter the real estate market with a splash.
- Do Some Research: First thing’s first, you’ll need to do a little bit of research about your local real estate market before listing your home. You’ll want to do some homework on the value of your home by looking at recent sales in your neighborhood and surrounding area in order to figure out the best listing price for your property.
- Find a Reputable Real Estate Agent: We encourage you to do some research beforehand so that you don’t go into the meeting with your real estate agent blind. This will help both parties get the home listed appropriately and as soon as possible. Just like it’s important to research your neighborhood and home values, you should do some research before hiring a real estate agent as well. We recommend interviewing a few of them, whether you get referrals by word-of-mouth or online. Meet with a couple of them and ask them what they know about your neighborhood, where their recent sales have been, and for how much. Ask about their level of social media engagement and if they know any potential buyers right away.
- Cleaning and De-Cluttering: Now it’s time to make your home look immaculate in order to show it in its best light. You don’t want potential buyers to be hit in the face with the smell of cat urine upon first opening the door. You also don’t want potential buyers to have to step over magazines, dirty clothes, and Twinkie wrappers while they are trying to look at your house. So, you’ll need to do a deep cleaning of the home including the carpets, you can do this yourself or hire a professional. It’s also important to get rid of any clutter you have that’s junking up your home. Remember, buyers will look in closets, cabinets, and pantries, so those need to be organized too and not used as a catch-all for junk. This process will only make it easier on you when you have to pack up and move as well.
- De-Personalize your Home: When you’re cleaning and de-cluttering, be sure to put away family heirlooms and pictures as well. Think of this as a head start on packing that will also help the buyers have a clean slate to imagine how their family will fit in your home instead of being bombarded with pictures and personal objects that represent your family. If you have any furniture that is particular to your taste or statement pieces that stand out and are sure to distract buyers, it’s a good idea to put those in storage before putting your house on the market. You want buyers to get a sense of the home and not be distracted by any furniture or decor that you have, especially if it is a hot pink couch or a dead bear on the wall.
- Light it Up: In order for your home to be shown in the best light, you need to do so literally! Maximize the light in your home as much as possible. This means opening the blinds and drapes every time there is a showing in addition to replacing the lampshades and buying lightbulbs that have higher wattage. You want your home to be as bright and cheery as possible.
- Hide the Pets: We know, it’s hard to believe, but not everybody is an animal lover and the presence of your furry family member could drive buyers away, especially when cat litter is staring them right in the face, your dog’s chewed up ball or the smell of pets. Try to hide your pet’s items and take them out of the house during showings.
- Think About Renting a Storage Unit: As you can tell from these tips to get your house ready to sell, you’ll be needing to get rid of some stuff to make more space and make your home look as best as possible. It’s a good idea to look into renting a storage unit that way you’ll have a safe, secure place to put your belongings, including the bigger pieces of furniture, until you are ready to move them permanently.
- Have a Garage Sale: Another great way to get rid of clutter and even make some cash is by hosting a garage sale. If you’re moving far away or are planning to buy new furniture when you move, a garage sale is a simple way to get some of the larger pieces of furniture and decor off your hands without having to worry about storing it, shipping it, or moving it.
- Call a Handyman: If you’ve sold or bought a house before you know that a home inspection is inevitable. So, why not get out in front of it? Hire your own handyman that can take care of some of the basic repairs before they become a problem. Some of these repairs can also be done by you, depending on your skill level. Consider fixing leaky faucets, patching holes in walls, fixing drawers that jam, and replacing any lightbulbs that have burned out.
If you follow these tips to get your house ready to sell, you will be ready to list your home on the market in the best condition possible in no time. As you can see, most of the tips on the list are small changes that will ultimately help you out during your move as well.
At Pal Property Solutions, we are experts in real estate investing. If you have any questions or you are looking for more tips on getting your house ready to sell, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are happy to help you!