5 Ways to Prepare to List Your Home
Are you interested in selling your home, but don’t know where to start? Mark Spain Real Estate has curated the top 5 ways for you to prepare to list your home on the market!
Before You List Your Home-
Declutter Your Home
Over time, we collect a lot of stuff! It is important to declutter your house before you list your home. Make sure to clean up any toys, knickknacks, or junk from counters, tables, desks, and shelves. It is also helpful to store everyday use items that can easily be hidden in cabinets and taken out when needed. Donating any unneeded items also helps those in need who may appreciate those items more. Removing all clutter will make your home feel clean and open, which is very attractive to potential buyers.
Tackle Small Repairs
It is best to go ahead and handle any minor repairs or changes to you list your home. Buyers notice when a home needs repairs, even if they are small. Make sure to patch up holes in the walls. Fix any door hinges that squeak or don’t open or close properly. Replace old light bulbs. You may even want to consider repainting your home’s walls a neutral color. It is best to walk around your home and make a checklist of anything that can be fixed on your own. Check off each thing you fix to keep you on track. Even though these small repairs can be tedious, a checklist of DIY repairs can become a good way to stay busy while at home.
Organize Storage Space
When selling a home, the first space to organize typically isn’t your closet. However, buyers are very curious and will want to see every inch of the house, especially if you are virtually showing your home. Ensure that each closet space is decluttered and organized before you list your home. Don’t forget about the kitchen or bathroom cabinets either! Neatly stack dishes, hang your clothes nicely and organize your toiletries properly. These hidden storage spaces may seem like a great place to throw things in or stash your stuff, but keep them tidy when you list a home.
Curb Appeal is Everything
The exterior of a home is the first thing that all buyers see. It is imperative to make sure the outside of your home looks appealing. Take care of any landscaping such as mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and planting flowers or shrubbery. Clean up debris, junk, or toys, and dress your front door with a beautiful in-season wreath. Outdoor projects can be tackled while staying at home, and you also get some fresh air while doing them.
Depersonalize and Disassociate
It’s difficult to let go of your own home no matter how long you’ve lived there. It may be hard to put away those large family portraits in the living room, but when selling a house, it is ideal. Pack up or store away any personal photos, objects, or family heirlooms that may distract buyers. As a seller, you want to make sure the buyer can envision themselves living your home with their own items. So, make sure your home is clean, tidy, and rid of all your personal items when you list a home.