Selling Your Home
Selling your home doesn’t need to be a stressful process. With proper planning and some good old fashioned hard work, you can prepare your house for a fast sale at a price you can be happy with.
Here are some helpful things to consider:
- If you need to make any small, affordable changes or repairs, do so well before your intended selling period – painting can be a great early investment!
- Decide early on if you’d rather go at the task of selling on your own, or enlist the help of an agent. The agent could help with many duties you might not have time for such as placing ads, signage, and making/returning calls. They may also help you with their past experience, so if this is a serious consideration host interviews and have multiple agents walk through your home and give you their estimated pricing and sale plan. Your Midhaven Homes Sales Team can help you with this process.
- Set a reasonable price – determine if you want a fast, easy sell or the highest possible price. You can look as comparable listing in the local paper or have a real estate agent give you a free market analysis of your homes worth.
- Consider a prelisting inspection to determine if there are any problems that you can fix before your buyer’s inspection.
- Keep maintenance a priority. Your house needs to be clean at all times, even if you are not expecting any visitors, because you never know when a potential buyer could stop by. Along with cleaning the inside or your house, mow your law frequently and keep all shrubs trimmed and weeds picked. This will give you some curb appeal – after all, the exterior is the first thing they’ll see.
Deep Cleaning & De-Cluttering
Lose the Clutter
Potential buyers will want to imagine their own furnishings in home, not yours.
- Remove personal items such as picture frame, sporting apparel and memorabilia, loose papers, toys, and other objects that can be eliminated.
- Put miscellaneous keys, buttons and loose change in a decorative bowl on an accent table in the entrance.
- Hang coats and store shoes neatly in a closet. You want invested buyers to make note of all the free space, so make room and keep things small and neutral.
Neutralize your space
You want interested buyers to make note of all the free space, so make room, keep things small and use neutral tones that will appeal to moltiple audiences.
- Rent smaller space-saving furniture for the time being.
- Arrange furniture to create a clear moving path, not get in the way.
- Take pictures of every room from all angles to identify any clutter and store/take away any unnecessary items.
Lighting is crucial to an inviting house, so try these tips to maximize your natural light.
- Keep paint colors neutral and all blinds open to make the room instantly bright.
- Replace all bulbs with eco-friendly bulbs and leave all lights on during showings.
- Consider adding accessory lighting in any dark corners and shadowy areas.
In the kitchen…
The kitchen is used daily to feed your family and so you want to emphasize to the buyer how much space it offers to prepare, cook and serve dishes.
- Clean everything – wall, floors, baseboards, ceiling fan, etc. and do not leave any dirty dishes or leftovers lying around.
- Keep your kitchen towels and cloths out of site to keep the kitchen uncluttered.
- Aesthetics are everything, so place a colorful bowl of fruit as a centerpiece, or maybe have some fresh flowers in a vase.
Bed and Bath
Make sure that these two rooms are inviting and clean as your want your possible buyers to be able to picture themselves making an easy transition into your home rather than thinking about all of the things that need to be fixed/changed.
- Consider having any appliances or features that are faulty replaced. The cost of doing so will end up saving in the long run if it gets you a sale.
- Keep all fixtures shining and countertops polished at all times.
- Buyers will search every nook and cranny to assess that available space, so throwing your items in a cupboard simply won’t do…
- However you can keep essentials in a stylish bin or basket in a cupboard, drawer or closet or consider putting some items in storage.
- Ensure that any personal items and valuables in your bedroom are stowed away. De-personalizing your bedroom will make it appealing to a wider variety of audiences.
- Consider buying a new comforter, or even buying a duvet to put over your existing comforter and some throw pillows to liven up the space.
- Make sure you home is ready on show days. Perform a quick tidy up! Bake cookies to give you house a comfortable aroma or use a scented candle, put out flowers and keep pets out of the way. Keep a list of things to do before each showing.
- Use your car for storage on show days. keep some baskets or totes in the car and bring in the house and pick up the things you need and take with you when you leave the house.
- Ask someone to pet sit or take you fur baby with you during the showings.
- Before finalizing the sale, have a real estate lawyer look over everything.
- When the time is right, start organizing for you own move!