So you’re planning on selling your house. Before you begin showing your home to potential buyers, it’s best to prepare your home to maximize the resale value. There are a lot of things that should be done before a house can be shown – and not doing them can be the difference between a buyer being interested or not. The following are some tips to help prepare your home before a showing:
- Remove personal décor – Buyers doesn’t want to walk through a home full of personal items, such as family photographs and artifacts. This is because they want to be able to imagine themselves living there – they can’t do this with someone else’s family staring back at them throughout the home.
- Get rid of clutter – A cluttered home not only looks bad visually, it could fool buyers into thinking your home just isn’t big enough and that there aren’t enough storage options. Go through all of your belongings and remove what you don’t need or don’t use. Don’t leave clutter on your counters or shelves – buyers should be able to see all the surfaces throughout the home. Additionally, don’t just shove everything into your cabinets or closets. Buyers are going to look through these areas to see how much storage space is available.
- Remove favorite features – Remove features you want to keep such as your dining room chandelier or your window treatments. These are features that buyers might like and will expect to keep if they buy the house.
- Make small repairs – Buyers will be looking for any problems in the house. No one wants to buy a house only to have to invest even more money into repairing a bunch of problems. Some of the things to look for that you should repair include cracked tiles, holes in the walls, leaky faucets, burned-out light bulbs, and doors or drawers that don’t close properly. You may also want to make a few improvements, such as repainting walls where the paint is fading or out of style.
- Clean up – A dirty house is going to look like an old, worn-down house that will not attract buyers. Go through and clean the entire house carefully. You should wash all windows, clean out any cobwebs, polish all mirrors and faucets, clean the floors, dust the entire house, re-caulk your showers, sinks and tubs, clean out the fridge, and make sure that there aren’t any strange odors lingering in any place within the house.
- Double check – Pretend like you are a buyer and walk through your house in order to scrutinize everything. This will help you to figure out if you need to rearrange any of the furniture in your home or if you missed anything when cleaning or making repairs.
- Improve your curb appeal – Getting the buyer to come into the home is probably one of the most important steps. Even if you have an amazing interior that is completely renovated, many buyers will skip your home if the exterior is run down or in poor shape. An important part of a strong curb appeal is your landscape. Make sure the lawn is mowed, the bushes are trimmed, and the yard is free of clutter. Consider adding a few plants or flowers near the entrance and make sure that your sidewalk is clear.
When selling your home, it’s important that you make sure that it is presentable. Selling your home will be much more difficult if it hasn’t been properly prepared for its showings. If you’re ready to discuss selling your home, contact Park Avenue Properties of Colorado Springs today!