5 First Steps In Preparing Your Home For Sale

First impressions have a major impact on potential buyers. It's for this reason that a good realtor will walk through your home to suggest the proper repairs and upgrades to best compliment your home and sell it fast. With your realtor, you will imagine what a potential buyer will see when they approach your house…

First impressions have a major impact on potential buyers. It's for this reason that a good realtor will walk through your home to suggest the proper repairs and upgrades to best compliment your home and sell it fast. With your realtor, you will imagine what a potential buyer will see when they approach your house and walk through each room. Your realtor will know what potential buyers in your neighborhood and price range are looking at and what will help you sell your unique home and play up its features. Here is a generic list that will help you get started.

1.) Night Lights

A lot of people are not aware that potential home buyers often drive by your house at night. If you do not have adequate lighting to highlight your home's features, invest in a new porch light and some ground lighting to highlight your walkway or features in your landscaping.

2.) Curb Appeal

Elevate your curve appealing by cleaning your yard, mowing and edging your lawn, and trimming any shrubs you have. Fix any first impressions that may catch buyer's eyes such as cracks in concrete, weeds, broken porch posts, ugly doors, and any clutter that may be stored in front of your home. Also, if you have a mailbox, be sure it's charming and that your doorbell works well and makes a pleasant, audible from the outside sound.

3.) Prep Inside

The first step to preparing your home for sale is to remove any unnecessary items from the home so they can imagine their own things in it. Less is more when it comes to furniture and decor. Leave the bare minimum for furniture to depict how large the space is, and then include decor only where you want features highlighted or the eye drawn. An expert tip is to remove all but 1/3 of your closet contents and get matching hangers. Be sure to replace or shampoo all carpets in the home. Apply special attention to staging the bathrooms with a fresh roll of toilet paper (VIP folded, over not under, and pointed down in the shape of a triangle), brand new hand soap, new guest towels, and a clean looking shower curtain. Dress beds with attractive, cohesive bed sets.

4.) Make All Small and Inexpensive Repairs

Buyers will look at all functioning items of the home and tally even the smallest repairs. Be sure to repair all leaking faucets, defective or squeaky doors, light bulbs and fans, freshly caulk bathtubs and showers if necessary, replace filters, inspect and clean the hot water heater, and make appliances as presentable as possible. You can even include a sheet of paper attached to appliances explaining their desirable features or share with potential buyers your average electric bills and other home expenses specific to your property.

5.) Appeal To Their Senses During Open Houses

Having all the lights on, blinds open, a candle lit and fresh cookies (preferably freshly baked for the scent) will appeal to buyer's senses and make them feel at home already. Remove all pet marriages, including bowls and food. Empty trash cans & close toilet lids.