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Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Couples getting home ready to sell

So you have decided to sell your home. It is a big decision that comes with a lot of emotion and a ton of preparation and work. Getting your home ready to sell is no easy task. After all, the way we live in a home is not the way we sell a home.

It is all too common to overlook the things that you are so accustomed to looking at everyday. How about the piece of trim that has been close to falling off for the last year? You are just used to seeing it right? But when you are getting your home ready to sell it is time to pay attention. Things like this are the things buyers will notice and it could affect your ability to sell. Sure, a piece of trim may not be a deal breaker, but if they start to look around and see a number of things that will be deal breakers for them, then there is a problem!

Having a friend in the real estate industry, I chatted with them recently about the most important details to pay attention to when getting your home ready to sell. We talked repairs, cleanliness and safety and came up with a list of 7 tips for you.

7 Tips For Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

1.) Take a critical look at your home

look around your home as if you were a buyer and see if you can spot any items that might turn you off. Better yet, ask a friend who doesn’t live there to come and do a walk-thru and tell you anything they would pay attention to. Remember, they are doing you a favor, so don’t take anything they say personally. These items are a great place to start.

2.) Repairs

The little things can be the big things when you are getting your home ready to sell. That dripping drain under the sink that you just keep a container under might not seem like a big deal to you, but buyers will see it as a potential for mold and costly repairs. If you can’t do repairs yourself, it is definitely worth having a professional come in to fix all the little items you don’t even think about on a normal basis. If buyers think they will have to make these repairs, they will start deducting costs from the purchase price. Check out this blog for simple home maintenance items that make a big difference.

owners repairing house preparing ready to sell

3.) How does your home smell

This is critical. When people walk in your home this is the very first thing they will notice and it will set the tone for the rest of the showing. In fact, if the smell turns them right off, buyers have been known to turn around and leave without ever looking at the house! Not good! The biggest smell culprits that affect buyers are cigarette smoke, cat litter and a musty/moldy smell. Be sure to address these when getting your home ready to sell. Wash down walls, clean carpets curtains, and furniture, empty garbage bins, and ensure there is fresh cat litter prior to showings. It also helps to tuck smelly sneakers away as well! If you want some tips on keeping the pet smells to a minimum, check out our blog post, Clean Homes & Pet Life.

 

4.) Clean, Clean, Clean!

There are so many things we don’t even notice about our homes. But buyers will. Clean along baseboards, in corners and around light switches. Make bathrooms sparkle and kitchens gleam. Make sure dust is nowhere to be found! And don’t forget the light fixtures! With so much to do when getting your home ready to sell, this might be a task that you want to hire a professional residential house cleaning company for. It will save you loads of time and aggravation, and you will have a clean, fresh home to show off to potential buyers.

 

5.) Outside first impressions

Curb appeal can make or break a showing appointment. If the windows are dirty and the grass is unkept, this can turn buyers off. So make sure the lawn is mowed and trimmed, the front door is washed down, hardware is tight and easy to use (locks sticking is never helpful to a successful showing!), all windows exteriors are clean and flower beds are weeded. You only get one shot at a first impression. Make it a good one!

 

6.) Safety first

I wish I didn’t have to include this one, but honesty, I’d be remiss if I didn’t. Since you really don’t know who is coming through your home for showings, when getting your home ready to sell it is especially important to tuck away items of value, electronics, medications and current pictures of children.

7.) Avoid Air Fresheners

I’m talking about those heavily scented plug-ins or sprays. They are loaded with chemicals that many people are allergic to and can have a negative effect on the showing appointment. Since your home will have been freshly cleaned, you likely don’t need any air freshener. But if you really want one try a diffuser and essential oils for a softer, more natural, and pleasing scent. Lavender is always a great one to use as it promotes relaxation and a feeling of contentment, which is exactly what you want people to feel when looking at your home. Oh, and the freshly baked apple pie always works wonders as well!

Those are our 7 tips for getting your home ready to sell. We hope you find them helpful. Remember if you want the sparkle without the work, call us at Guarantee Maid Services and we will give your home the deep cleaning it needs before you sell!