It’s the end of summer sale! No, not the one you typically see at department stores. This one is in reference to getting your house ready for the impending placement on the market. While prepping a home for sale has a daunting reputation, it doesn’t have to be that hard with our suggestions!
What’s their first impression?
Consider what is the first impression a buyer will have when they pull up to your address? The outside of your home and yard of course! It’s the first thing people will see when considering your home for their future. Make certain the lawn is well kept, bushes are at bay, and flowers are nicely planted but not overwhelming. In an effort to not break the bank with painting jobs, consider giving the front door a fresh coat (rather than the whole house). Power wash the siding of the house, the driveway, and any sidewalks and paths. Consider changing the porch lights and even buying a new mailbox to spruce it up.
The three D’s: Declutter, Depersonalize, Delight
“Staging” often has a negative connotation – and also can come with a big price tag. But there are a few things you can do on a budget that will immediately enhance the space. Start with Declutter: clean off all counters (kitchen and bathrooms) and tables, only leaving the essentials. Next, tackle closets, cabinets, and drawers. Make it into a fun purging activity for the whole family! Consider removing or storing some of your excess furniture and large belongings to open the space a bit as well.
Then Depersonalize: remove most of the personal knick knacks and family photos. While it may feel strange to you, it will actually be helpful to the buyers to see the home as a bare canvas with their own personal items.
Then Delight: add flowers, plants, or fresh fruit on the table to brighten up the spaces. Make the buyers feel cozy and welcome. Why not even bake some fresh cookies right before they arrive! (who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked cookies?)
Whistle while you work
Some people hate it; others love it. What is it? Cleaning! Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, it’s time for a thorough deep clean of the entire house. Think of a few of the senses in this process: sight, smell, and touch. Remove all the dust in sight! That includes door frames, fans, baseboards and all the pesky crevices. Focus on the smell of the home with some non-offensive smelling candles or air freshener plug ins. Be wary or pet or food smells that have clung to the walls and carpets over time.
Pro tip: If you’re living in the home while it’s on the market, cut yourself some slack. It’s not going to stay 100% clean all the time. Just do your best and put as many of our tips into practice as you can.
Of course, if you’re in the process of selling, that means you’re also in the process of buying. Ready to find your new dream home? Call us at 615-219-5644 to start the conversation!