With dwindling inventory in the real estate market, many sellers are responding by choosing to list their home for sale. Although getting your home ready to sell can be a daunting process, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or expense. Prudential Network Realty shares five simple things you can do to get your home ready to show. So put away the aspirin and get ready to make your house shine!
“With the low inventory of homes and high demand of homebuyers, it’s important for sellers to make their homes stand out from the competition in order to command the highest sales price,” said Prudential Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer. “Making a positive first impression is key. Simple and inexpensive things like improving curb appeal and fresh paint can go a long way.”
Working Your Way from the Outside in
If you can get a homebuyer through your front door, then you are well on your way to seeing the words “sold” on your front yard sign. If homebuyers don’t like what they see on the outside, they rarely give the inside any consideration. So start from the outside and work your way in. Start by pulling weeds and removing dead shrubs. Replace them with flowers, low-maintenance plants, fresh mulch and a neatly-manicured lawn. If buyers think the outside looks inviting, then curiosity builds and they will want to see what the inside looks like as well.
Doors, Windows and Siding…Oh My
Pressure washing your home, front door and windows could be the difference between “I would like to see the inside” and “I have seen enough.” This is a great time to clean walkways, giving them a fresh, cared-for look. In addition to pressure washing, updating features such as the front door hardware and porch light fixtures can also go a long way. Simply painting the front door, for instance, sends a positive message to potential homebuyers and is a more cost-effective option to replacing the entire door.
Do You Smell That?
The truth is, smells can’t be masked…they need to be eliminated. Smells associated with pets, cooking and cigarette smoke will typically deter a homebuyer from stepping past the welcome mat. For pet smells, clean all upholstery and furniture, have carpets professionally cleaned and place litter boxes outside or in the garage. When selling a home it’s important cooking odors aren’t overwhelming. Deep cleaning countertops and appliances with lemon-scented cleansers will help remove unwanted smells. Cigarette smoke is probably the most challenging smell to eliminate. Washing the walls, floors and windows is a good start. If the smell lingers, you may have to re-carpet your home, replace rugs or refinish hardwood floors. Applying a fresh coat of paint throughout the house is helpful when trying to alleviate these unwanted smells.
Let Their Imaginations Run Wild
Potential homebuyers need to be able to envision themselves living in your home. It is important to create a welcoming and comfortable environment giving buyers the opportunity to imagine their furniture, family photos and favorite artwork in the home. Buyers have a hard time seeing beyond your personal taste and style so use neutral colors over loudly-painted walls and remove items such as family photographs, trinkets and other non-essentials.
A thorough cleaning followed up by daily sprucing is critical to keeping a home “show ready.” While cleaning, paying special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms is crucial as these are two areas of the home that attract the most dirt. Make sure windows and floors are clean, sinks, tub and shower are grime-free and the trash is always empty.
Creating a clutter-free home is an essential step in the process of getting your home ready to show. Remove loose papers from countertops and desk areas and organize them in files or storage boxes, tucked neatly away in the garage or closet. And speaking of closets…it is also helpful to make sure closets are organized and uncluttered and that stinky shoes find their way to the garage.
“Preparing your home to sell doesn’t have to be overwhelming,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate, Prudential Network Realty. “Working with an experienced Realtor can make the process a lot more enjoyable as they guide you through the hurdles of getting your home ready to show. Realtors have the best advice on how to prepare and stage your home so that it attracts the most home buyers and more importantly, outshines the competition.”
Seek Expert Advice
A small investment of time, money and effort can help make your home irresistible and more appealing to potential buyers. The real estate professionals at Prudential Network Realty understand how to successfully market a home and are connected to the tools and information both buyers and sellers need. Connect with the best in the market by visiting http://www.prudentialnetworkrealty.com/.
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