Many sellers underestimate the importance of staging their home. This doesn’t necessarily mean renting furniture and redecorating. Clean, uncluttered homes sell. A dirty house can take thousands of dollars off your sale price. Buyers want to walk in and instantly envision living there. Where will their furniture go? Will all their clothes fit in the closet? Is there enough wall space for their family photos? If your house is full it will be harder for the buyer to visualize their belongings in it.
Here are some key things to do to prepare your home to sell:
- Take your personal photos and decorations off the walls. This will give the buyer the open wall space to envision their own photos and decorations.
- Clear all the clothes out of the closets except this season’s wardrobe. It will make the closets look bigger.
- Paint everything a neutral color. Neutral colors will help potential buyers envision their own style and plan for the future.
- Spruce up the landscaping. The outside of your house is the first thing buyers see when they arrive to preview your home. Pulling the weeds and laying down some mulch can go a long way for giving a buyer a good first impression.
- Spend some time deep cleaning. You may not notice that all the light switches are turning black or the range is splattered with grease but your buyers will.
Following these 5 steps will help ensure you sell your home quickly and for top dollar!