Before you sell your home, you need to do the following

Updated: Jun 11, 2020

I have witnessed people trying to sell their homes with none or little preparation. Please note the following information comes from me wanting you to sell your home as quickly as possible

“Curb appeal” is a real estate term for how nice your home looks on the outside at first glance. It’s a big deal when staging a house because the exterior is the first thing potential buyers see. Get buyers in the door by doing the following:

  • Power-wash your house and walkways.

  • Clean your windows.

  • Make sure your house number is easy to read.

  • Mow the lawn.

  • Trim overgrown greenery.

  • Plant flowers.

  • Put a welcome mat and potted plants on your front stoop.

  • If you have a porch, include outdoor furniture.

Stage and photograph your house.

Home staging is basically cleaning your home and rearranging the furniture (or renting furniture if it’s empty) so your home looks like a showroom. A professional home stager sees your home from a buyer’s perspective and understands how to highlight its strengths and soften its flaws, and a photographer can make it all look brilliant in your listing. But not everyone has the money for professional staging and photography. Here are a few tips for DIYing it:

  • Pick neutral colors for walls, decor, and furniture

  • Let in all the natural light you can

  • Leave just enough furniture in each room to make it look functional and roomy

  • Deep clean everything

  • Take photographs with as much light as possible

  • Invest in a wide angle lens for great photos

  • Take high-resolution images—a camera will typically take higher resolution photos than your phone.

  • Edit the photos. Brighten them up and crop them so every room is straight and beautifully centered.

  • Take horizontal photos. They look better in online listings.

Declutter your home Your home will look bigger and its best features will stand out best when there is the least amount of stuff in it. Plus, storage space is a big selling point for buyers, and the less of your stuff they see in the closets, the bigger your storage spaces will look. Now’s the time to go through all of your stuff and donate, give away, or trash anything you don’t love or need. And decluttering now will reduce the amount of stuff you have to move when it’s time to go.

6. Remove personalized items for your house. You may not want to throw them away, but put personal photographs or memorabilia into boxes for now. Taking yourself out of your house allows the prospective buyer to imagine themselves living in your house and making it theirs. For example, your kids’ baby pictures are adorable, but empty nesters could see them as a sign that this is a house for a family with kids, not for them.

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