When it comes to prepping and staging a home, virtually every seller wants their home to sell in the shortest time possible and bring top dollar. Does this sound good to you? Well, the truth is that it is not luck that makes your home ready for sale on the market. It is a combination of careful planning as well as knowing how you will professionally spruce up a home that is going to send home buyers scurrying for their little checkbooks. Here are ways for preparing your home to put it on the market and transform it into a marketable and irresistible home.
Disassociate Yourself With The Home
The decision to let go of something you have owned for many years or invested a lot in is definitely difficult. You have lived in your home for many years, so it is obvious that it has become a part of you. However, when the time comes for you to put your home on the market, this is a break you will need to make. To begin with, you will need to accept the fact that your home is a product just like any other and that it can be sold just like anything else you own. You will also need to make a mental decision of “letting go” of any emotional attachment you could have with your home and focus on the fact that you will no longer own this house in a few days. Another good way to disassociate yourself from your home is to picture yourself handing over envelopes containing different warranties and door keys to the new owner.
When preparing to put your home on the market, it is important that you depersonalize. This means that you will need to pack up the family heirlooms and personal photographs. A homebuyer will not see past the personal artifacts and the last thing you want is to have them distracted by your personal items. You will want your buyers to picture their own photos on the house walls, and they will not do this if you have your photographs hanging from the walls. You want your buyer to say, “I can now see myself living in this house.”
- Decluttering Should Be A Priority
If you have lived in your current home for decades, you will obviously have collected a huge quantity of junk. One important aspect to consider is that if you have not used an item in your home for more than twelve months, then you probably do not need it. If you do not need the item, the best thing to do is throw it away or donate it. Remove all your books from the bookcases, pack up your knickknacks, clean everything off the kitchen counters. When you are decluttering, it is imperative that you view this activity as a head-start on packing which you will eventually have to do when it is time to move out.
- Rearrange Storage Cabinets and Bedroom Closets
Buyers often love to snoop around and will open all your cabinet and closet doors. Think of the message you will be sending to them if things fall out immediately after they open. Now think of what your homebuyer will perceive you when they see everything in your house organized. It will probably give them the impression that you definitely take good care of your house and the rest of your home as well. The best way to rearrange your storage cabinets and bedroom closets is to neatly stack any dishes, alphabetize the spice jars, line up your shoes, turn the coffee cup handles so that they all face the same direction, and hang all your shirts together, buttoned and all facing one direction.
Remove or Replace Your Favorite Items
If there are some built-in fixtures or appliances and window covering you will want to take with you to your next home, this is the time to remove them. If the chandelier that is in the dining room was a gift from your great-grandmother, then you will obviously have to take it down. If a buyer does not see it, then they will never want it. Telling a buyer that they cannot have an item in your home will make them covet it and this could easily blow your deal. Be sure to pack such items and even replace them if need be.
Perform Some Minor Repairs
In some markets, you are allowed to sell your home in its current condition with little complains. In normal markets, however, minor repairs could be the difference between a house that sells fast and one that remains advertised for a long period. Making minor repairs can involve replacing the cracked counter tiles or cracked floor, patching holes in the walls, fixing the leaking faucets, fixing kitchen drawers that jam and doors that do not close properly, and replacing the burned-out bulbs. It is also important that you paint your walls neutral colors, particularly if you have been accustomed to pink or purple walls. The last thing you want is a homebuyer to refer to your home as the house with a yellow bathroom.
Make Your House Sparkle
Cleaning your home should always go beyond the normal day-to-day or weekly cleaning job. This kind of deep cleaning could take a whole day and you might, therefore, need to hire a cleaning assistant. Start by washing your windows inside out, clean out the hanging cobwebs, re-caulk sinks, showers, and tubs, polish mirrors and chrome faucets, wax the floors, replace the worn rugs, bleach the dingy grout as well as clean and air out the musty smelling rooms in your home. The last thing you want is a homeowner complaining about odors hitting them every time they set into a specific room.
Scrutinize the Curb Appeal
If a homebuyer cannot step out of a real estate agent’s car because they are not impressed with the exterior of your home, it is obvious that they will not set foot in your house. An excellent curb appeal can help you secure a house sale deal within a few minutes of the buyer viewing houses for sale Cincinnati.