If you're thinking about selling your home, you can help improve your chances of selling it as quickly as possible for the most amount of money possible if you take some time to prepare your home for prospective buyers. This showcases your home in a positive light and lets it make a good impression on buyers.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following ways to prep your home before selling it:
- Depersonalize your home.
When you're selling your home, you want prospective buyers to be able to see themselves living in your home and filling it with their own belongings. This can be difficult for them to do, however, if you have your home decorated with your family photos, souvenirs, collectibles, and diplomas. Pack these items away since they're distracting to buyers and make it more difficult for them to picture their own belongings in the house. In addition, they add to the clutter in your home, so that's another good reason to get them out of the way.
- Declutter your home.
Make sure you don't have so many belongings in your home that it looks cluttered and rooms look smaller than they really are. Most homes probably fit into this category as we accumulate objects year after year. Go through your home room by room and sell or donate items you no longer need or use. This will also help when you sell your home and are ready to move since you won't be moving belongings you don't use. After you've decluttered, find a place to temporarily store items that you'd like to keep but that make your home look too cluttered. Renting a storage unit may be a good solution to store items in the short term to make your home look neater and roomier.
- Make minor repairs.
You may have gotten used to that annoying door that sticks, but a potential buyer will notice even small flaws in your home. Any nail holes in walls, wobbly deck steps, cracked counter tiles, leaky faucets, and other issues should be corrected before your home goes on the market. Buyers may notice these problems, and not only will it take their focus away from your home's positive features, but small issues may also make them wonder if your home isn't well maintained and has bigger problems that will cost them time, aggravation, and money down the road.
- Paint your home.
Paint can make your home look cleaner and brighter and can also be used to help small rooms look larger. A fresh coat can also highlight interesting architectural details in your home. Make sure to choose a neutral color such as tan or gray when you're applying a fresh coat. These colors will go with anything, and unlike bright or unusual colors, they won't cause potential buyers to negatively react. While painting your entire home is ideal, if you don't have the time or the budget to undertake this project, focus on high-impact rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, and your entryway, and make sure to touch up any stains or scuff marks on your walls.
Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® if you'd like to sell your home. Our experienced agents can offer suggestions on how you can help your home stand out from other Midland homes for sale and also help you find a new home to buy.