How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Are you ready to sell your home?

Taking the time to prepare your home for sale before listing it will help you get the most offers and find the highest-paying buyers. If you’re considering wanting to sell and take advantage of a great seller’s market, we have a tool we’d love to use to help you figure out what your home could be worth! Just fill out this form and we will give you a call with our results. In the meantime, here are 8 prep steps you should take before putting your home up for sale.

Make obvious repairs

Dented doors, busted windows, holes in the walls, and broken appliances should be addressed before selling your home. These items will show up during the buyer’s inspection, so it’s better to fix these issues before inviting buyers to take a tour. We’d be happy to stop in and let you know what we think should be done!

Remove your personal quirks and tastes

You may be complimented for your daring and unique interior design, but selling your home isn’t the time to show off your personal flair. Buyers are looking for a home they can see themselves living in. They want to imagine their own style fitting into the home, so remove yours and give them a blank canvas. 

Clear and clean your space

Prep your home like it’s going on its first date. Make sure it’s clean, smells nice, and doesn’t look sloppy and disheveled. Wash and put away any laundry. Wash and put away dishes. Dust, scrub, sweep, vacuum, and mop your entire home. Clear it of any clutter so that it’s ready for a beautiful staging. Check out our previous blog post giving tips for a quick cleaning!

Keeping surfaces clean and spaces free from clutter as you welcome potential buyers into your home is vital.

Apply fresh paint

A crisp coat of paint can do wonders for your home. Pick neutral colors, like whites, creams, or grays. Trim often gets scuffed, dusty, and dirty over time, so apply a fresh, complimentary coat of paint to your baseboards, trim, and crown molding. Resist the urge to rush your paint job. Sloppy mess-ups can make your house look thrown together and make buyers wonder what other repairs and updates were rushed.

Stage your home

Staging can have drastic effects on your sale. According to the NWI Times, home staging can reduce a listing’s time on the market by one-third to one-half, and could fetch as much as a six to twenty percent higher sale price than an empty home or a home not properly staged. 

When staging, focus on your living room, dining room, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and outdoor living spaces. Replace outdated or ugly light fixtures. Remove personal items, like family photographs and monogrammed towels. Then, set up the space like it’s going to be featured in a magazine. Make sure your furniture and decor don’t clash. Keep your color palette neutral (using whites, blacks, grays, and natural browns) so that it appeals to most buyers.

Boost your curb appeal

Create a great first impression by putting extra effort into your exterior. Freshen up the landscaping with a layer of mulch and a clean edge. Powerwash dirty siding and walkways. Repair and repaint any damaged areas. Finish it off with some outdoor solar lights, a front door wreath, a few porch chairs, throw pillows, and a welcome mat. Here are some curb-appeal boosting ideas from one of our trusted home inspectors!

Boosting your home’s curb appeal can make or break the first impression potential buyers have of your home.

Get great pictures of your home

Excellent images of your home can accelerate your sale and help you get top-dollar offers. Set up your home with pictures in mind. Hire a professional photographer to capture alluring pictures that will catch the attention of potential buyers. If you choose us as your real estate team, we cover the cost of beautiful professional photos by our trusted Real Estate Photography team!

Add a little livelihood

While it’s important to keep your colors neutral so that your home appeals to a wide audience, little lively details will help buyers imagine themselves living in the home. Add a few vases of fresh-cut flowers before a showing. Make some cookies and set them on a plate before a walkthrough so that the home smells like fresh-baked goodies. 

We’ll Help You Boost Your Offers

With these eight home prep tips, you’ll be ready for the market. Reach out to your friends here at the Niv Lemoine Real Estate Group. We’d be happy to help your home outshine its competition.