Setting the price right and making an awesome first impression are essential to attracting the most buyers through your home. Rarely is a home in 'show' condition without some prepping. The reason is simple. We live in our homes! The key to getting your home ready to sell is to make it feel like it is no longer your home. Work your way through this checklist to make sure you are presenting your home in the best possible light.
- Pricing your home right from the start is very important. The first two weeks of it being on the market is crucial time in selling as it is the most active time for potential buyers to come through The longer a home sits on the market the more potential you will have of creating a stigma that there is something wrong with your home. Look closely at comps and make sure your property is not out of lines with other comparables in the market. Most buyer's will finance and that means your home needs to appraise.
- Declutter and de-personalize your home. This is so important and it doesn't cost you anything. You're moving so it's a great time to start packing. You know you've done a great job de-personalizing when your home no longer feels like your home! Make sure to take down family photos, knickknacks, and items of religious and political affiliations.
- Got pets? That's great if you do, but buyer's typically don't like to be reminded that pets live in the house they're considering buying. Remove pets during showings and keep pet items out of sight including toys, water and food bowls, litter boxes, or dog beds.
- Remove extra furniture. When selling your home, keep furnishings to a minimum. The fewer things you have the larger the space looks. Place extra furniture in the garage or temporary storage. Rule of thumb is to remove about a third of your furniture. Tour some new model homes and get ideas of how they are staging their homes.
- Bring in the light. Maximize light to make your home look warm and inviting by opening window coverings and turning on all overhead lights and lamps. Sunscreens can add darkness to a home so be sure to remove them and keep them in the garage while you're home is on the market.
- Clean. Consider hiring cleaners to give your home the final appeal of cleanliness and ready to be moved into feel. Deep clean kitchens and bathrooms and keep floors mopped and vacuumed.
- Choose a savvy real estate agent. A listing agent should be doing a lot more than just listing your home on the MLS. Most home buyers start their search online and photos of your home should be taken professionally, not from your agents cell phone. If the pictures don't look good, no one is going to come see it. Find a tech savvy agent that knows how to market your home on Facebook and to social media sites.