Selling your home can be an extremely stressful time in your life. Often, not only are you stressing over getting your current home ready to sell, but you are also juggling several other things including arranging your new home and scheduling a move. All this on top of the your every day life that can be stressful enough on its own. This is a juggling act that can only be maintained for so long before some portions of your life begin to unravel. This guide is designed to give you some quick and easy steps to get your home in the best selling shape, with minimal effort.
Present the Best Home You Can
This one almost goes without saying - make sure your home is clean. I mean really clean, like hotel-room clean. Don't think that just because you are selling your home that keeping up with the house work is any less important, or that the new owner can just deal with it. You want to put the best home forward that you can in order to make it as appealing to the buyer as possible. This includes replacing any broken or worn out items, and ensuring that all beds are made up with fresh linen.
Lighting also shouldn't be understated. Buyers are unlikely to buy what they can't see, so ensure that your home is well lit. This means replacing any burnt out or malfunctioning lights and even adding an additional lamp to illuminate that dark corner. This also may be a good time to apply a fresh layer of paint to refresh a room that hasn't been painted in a while, bright and neutral colours and a nice white ceiling can help brighten up any room.
Depersonalize Your Home
You are trying to sell someone else their dream home, not your home. It's essential that home buyers are able to see themselves in your home, so that they can start imagining the space as their home, and not just a house. To do this you can try to minimize personalized items on display such as family photos, personal mementos and even Grandma's hand-knitted blanket.
This has the added benefit of reducing clutter, another enemy to a well-presented house. The home you love will undoubtedly be filled to the brim with a lifetime of knick-knacks and mementos that you've accrued over the years. But, it's important to de-clutter your home and the furniture in it, so that you can present a clean canvas that a potential buyer can then project on to. Your cozy home may not translate that way to a potential buyer, tone down the clutter and space out that furniture!
Don't Forget About the Outside
Often left to the wayside, the exterior of your home is just as important as the inside. As you begin to imagine life in your new home, yard maintenance is probably not at the forefront of your thought process, but it should be. It's the first thing that a new buyer will see when they arrive at the new home, and a bad first impression will be hard to overcome. So, ensure that the lawn is mowed and all the weeds in the garden are removed. If you can, fresh and healthy flowers and plants can add a great deal of curb appeal with a minimal investment.
There are, of course, a plethora of tactics that a professional home stager will suggest to increase your home's appeal. But following these simple steps will go a long way toward making your home that much more appealing. Happy selling!