How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell
Are you hoping to sell your home soon? A house that shows well will sell faster and for more money. No matter the reason for the move the process of getting the house ready tends to be daunting. Especially families with small kids, you want it looking the best as soon as it is listed in the hopes it sells fast – saving you from keeping the house “show ready” for too long. Here are some helpful tips to get your home looking its best before you put it on the market.
Deep Clean and Small Repairs
Fill nail holes and touch up the paint. Wipe down the baseboards and re-caulk the bathrooms as needed. Fix any broken drawers or sticky. These projects are not huge, but make the home feel well maintained and move in ready. If there are any bold accent walls or dark rooms consider repainting them a light neutral color. Get the carpets cleaned.
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De-clutter and De-personalize
When you move into a house you make it a home, and when you sell your home you need to return it back to a house. You want any viewers to be able to picture themselves living there, so remove large family photos. Clear off counters in the kitchen and bathrooms. Start packing and purging things you won’t be using right away. When in doubt, err on the side of minimalism. Think of showhomes – its easier to envision adding your own decor to a space than it is to ignore something that is not your style. (See showhome tours)
Phew! Now comes the tricky part – the actual listing. I would love any tips you have for keeping your house clean while actually living in it, dealing with last minute showings, or any other moving issues.
Comments & Reviews
We showed and sold last summer and my kids were 18 months and 4 1/2 at the time, and we have a black lab. Showings were so hard. Many occurred at meal times, bedtime or prime family time. I also had 2 showings that they gave us 20 minutes notice. We were allowed to refuse, but our realtor encouraged us to accept every one possible and just get it done. I vacuumed every single day, regardless of a showing was scheduled or not, because even with an hour notice, I still had to get the kids and dog packed up, make sure the counters were clear and toys picked up. I kept a bag of picnic supplies and snacks ready to go. Being out with a dog at meals meant restaurants were out of the question and we got tired of drive through really fast. We couldn’t shop either because you definitely can’t leave the dog in the car in June in NC. We spent many of our showings at playgrounds.
It was worth it though, we were under contract for above asking within a week.
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The Furnshop says
Thanks for sharing this post. I really liked these ideas to get a home ready to sell.
Cream Furniture says
Amazing ideas. I love this. Everything looks very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.