Making your house ready to sell can mean the difference between obtaining the offer you want and settling for the best offer you can get. There are many things you can do to make sure your home attracts buyers. However, focusing on these 3 simple steps will go a long way towards improving your home’s appearance.
Tip #1 – Get Rid of the Clutter
When you’re getting your house ready to sell, this is one tip that cannot be stressed enough. A cluttered home draws the buyer’s eye towards the clutter and away from its architectural detail. You may be proud of your trophy collection and your family photos, but buyers don’t want to see your things. They need to be able to envision their belongings in the home. If they can, they’ll be more likely to make an offer on your home. You’re going to be packing anyway, so start by packing away the clutter. Better yet, schedule a yard sale and make a few extra dollars!
Tip #2 – Neutralize the Walls
If you have a decorating style that is more outrageous than most, you should seriously consider having your walls repainted in a neutral tone. Changing the appearance of the home before it’s sold is a difficult thing for a most sellers to do because there’s still an emotional bond to the home. The sooner you accept that you are moving, the sooner you’ll be able to make your house ready to sell. Remove the animal print wallpaper, cover up the brick red walls, and if you need to have color, use it to accessorize. If you leave your home painted a color most buyers won’t appreciate, expect to negotiate down from your asking price.
Tip #3 – Give Your Home Curb Appeal
When getting their house ready to sell, most sellers focus on the interior of the home and not on the exterior. Another word of advice – both need your attention! Curb appeal doesn’t mean hiring a landscaping professional to redesign your yard. It means taking time to put away the children’s toys and the lawn equipment. It means taking time to trim away the dead tree branches and flowers. It means taking time to make repairs to window screens and exterior lighting. It means the first impressions really do count, especially when you are selling your home.