Putting your house up for sale is a lot more involved than simply running an ad in the newspaper. A lot of preparation is needed that can improve the chances of a sale as well as the odds on getting a good price.
Careful planning is crucial to selling your own home. Getting into the right ‘mind-set’ is the first move. Try to look at everything objectively without letting emotion rule your decisions. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes.
There are two main areas of focus which are the inside and the outside. These should be undertaken one at a time. Inside you want to get rid of clutter. If new paint is needed then that should be done. It is really important to have a spotless kitchen and bathroom area as this will have a big influence on potential buyers. The rooms should feel ‘roomy’ and not too crowded with furniture.
Your lighting should be bright and all odors need to be dealt with. When showing the house it is always good to make use of outside light by opening windows and curtains and letting the natural sunlight shine through. The windows should be spotless inside and out.
Clean out all the closets and cabinets. You want your storage space to look ‘spacy’. The less clutter in there the more room it will appear to have. Clean all the counter-tops and faucets along with your appliances. Before applying the paint to any room be sure to repair any cracks or holes. If you have tiles in the kitchen or bathroom that need replaced be sure to do so.
It is a good idea to rent yourself a temporary storage room to keep things you don’t want seen when showing the home until you are moving into your next home.
On the outside you want to cut the grass and trim the hedges. If you have a garage you want to add paint or repairs to it before placing your home on the market. Little things like edging your driveway really go a long way toward making a good first impression on potential buyers.
You can even add some new flowers around the home to pick things up cosmetically. They are inexpensive and really make a big difference. Take a walk around as if you were the buyer and fix anything that could be a turn-off. Be objective and never just let something go. It all adds up to dollars and cents.
When all is done now you are ready for the finishing touch. Many people underestimate the value of an inviting ‘for sale’ sign. They just grab some cardboard or poster board and write ‘For Sale’ on it themselves. Statistics have proved that a professionally designed sign from places like the ‘Lowen Sign Company‘ can increase the number of prospects by a large margin.
All of these seemingly ‘small details’ really add up when you want someone to feel like they would want to live there. They are not costly and only take your time and attention. Doing these things will get you closer to the price you want and sell your house faster.