When preparing your home for sale, it’s important to have your home in good showing condition before buyers start going through it. Here are some steps to take:
Spot Paint – Touch up interior and exterior paint as needed.
Update Carpet – Install new carpeting and flooring if it appears worn or dated.
Curb Appeal – Make sure the front is clean and spruced up – curb appeal will create a favorable first impression.
Trim and Rake – Trim bushes and plants as needed, and make sure the lawn is kept mowed and trimmed. In autumn, rake the leaves; in winter, keep the snow shoveled.
Extra Cleaning – Keep the interior clean, uncluttered and odor-free. Eliminate evidence of pets.
Minimize You to Maximize Them – Minimize personal items such as family photos. You want buyers to see themselves living in the home.
Start Packing – Consider putting excess furniture and belongings in storage. Now’s the time to clean out the garage and basement and sell, give away or throw away items you don’t need any more.
Find Potential Problems Early – Consider having a pre-listing inspection performed. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors; here’s your chance to address problems in advance.
Professional Stager – Consider engaging a professional stager to give your home the right emotional appeal.
During the Listing Period
When potential buyers visit your home, either find something to do away from your home for a couple hours, or make yourself as inconspicuous as possible.
Have fresh flowers in the entryway for a friendly introduction into your home. Studies show red and yellow flowers are the most effective.
Keep your home clean and organized so that it is readily available for showings.