Top Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Sale

As soon as you decide to sell your house, you should start putting plans into effect to make sure you get the best price for it. These plans don’t have to cost you a lot or take up too much of your time, either. Read on to learn about some easy and affordable ways you can stage your home for selling.

Clear Out Your Clutter

Even if your home isn’t chock full of stuff, you’ve probably accumulated a number of things over the years that you’ll have to remove before showing your home. To start decluttering, you’ll need to divide the house into manageable areas and tackle them one at a time. You can make it easier by getting rid of certain types of clutter quickly. This can include your kids’ old toys, old magazines, used coloring books, expired food, and expired cosmetics. Once you’ve gone through these items, it’ll be easier to fine-tune your decluttering efforts even further. You should take decisive action when going through your clutter so you’ll know what to keep. It’s also good to group things like clothing, utensils, and personal items. When you view your items grouped together, it makes it easy for you to identify what’s unnecessary.

Make Things Less Personal

As a seller, you should know that removing your personal items will make it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. This is called depersonalizing, and some of the things you’ll need to put out of sight are your photographs, sports memorabilia, and artwork that may not appeal to many buyers. Based on recent information, buyers aren’t interested in bright paint colors, popcorn ceilings, and carpeting in the bathroom. You should also address odd wallpaper and wood paneling. It’s good to get your real estate agent involved at this stage as they can give you an objective opinion of how buyers might see your house, and give you some advice on what other sellers in your neighborhood are doing to get their homes sold.

Put Your House on a Stage

According to Trulia, 49 percent of real estate agents who were working with buyers say staging had a positive effect on the way the buyer saw a house. Once you’ve gotten rid of clutter and made the home more neutral, it’s time to make your home appealing. You can do this by changing up the paint colors and arranging furniture in a way that showcases each room. If your furniture isn’t quite up to scratch, you may have to rent some pieces just for the open house and house photos. Getting the house show-ready isn’t just about the inside; you need to spruce up your curb appeal, too. Some simple ways you can make your property more attractive include trimming shrubs and trees and power washing the walkway.

Time to Find a Buyer

While you should be working with a real estate agent, it’s helpful to know the most effective marketing techniques that can be used to sell your home. Putting up a “For Sale” sign is an old favorite, but a more recent strategy is setting up a virtual tour that your potential buyers can access from a real estate website. Your real estate agent will likely arrange the open house and private showings, but you can also find buyers by direct mail or e-flyers. Since most home buyers like to search for homes online before setting up a viewing, you need to find a real estate photographer who can take professional-quality photos of your home. To make sure you’ve found the right person, you should ask them about their expertise and find out how well they know the local real estate market.

Before showing your home, make sure you declutter, depersonalize, and stage your home. If you take the time to put the right measures in place for selling your home, you’ll reap the benefits of selling your home quickly and for top dollar. 

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Guest Article From – Alice Robertson

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