Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a
sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to
ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the
cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a
buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be
sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like
to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as
well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the
exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb
appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in
your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled
walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will
be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices
in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans,
and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh
and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s
time to play dress-up. Home stagers can add small details and décor
touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces
in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers,
decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be
particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior
looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s
done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.
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