While the spring and early summer are the busiest time of year to sell or buy a home, the fall is also a great time! If you are selling your home, take a few extra steps to make sure your home really stands out. Decluttering is critical! When we sold our house we used a designer to help a bit with staging. Her recommendation for styling bookshelves is 1/3 books, 1/3 decorative items, 1/3 empty space.
Get Your House Market-Ready With This Action Plan
When’s the last time you thought to yourself, “I’m so excited to go home and start packing for my upcoming trip!” Probably never, unless you’re Monica Geller. That’s because no one really looks forward to packing, but that’s basically what selling a house means – eventually having to pack up an entire house worth’s of your stuff and get it moved to your new home. But while packing can feel like a pain, getting your house market-ready shouldn’t have to be. Here are six tricks to help you get your house ready to sell.
- Work with a Trusted Real Estate Agent
Taking the time to find the time to find a real estate agent you trust can help make the entire selling process easier. To get started, feel free to ask your family members and friends if they have any recommendations, but do some research on your own as well. Review sites like Yelp or Zillow can come in handy, as they include ratings and feedback from past clients. (Be careful with what you share or fill out on these sites to avoid a million calls and emails from realtors you don’t want to work with!). When you’ve found some agents you’re interested in working with, give them a call to ask some questions and don’t forget to ask them for a list of references.
- Make Upgrades and Repairs
Hiring an appraiser will let you know what the current value of your home is. If you’re looking to increase that number or simply want to sell your house faster, your agent should be able to help you determine the areas in your house that should be upgraded or repaired. If you’re not sure which projects to prioritize, keep in mind that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house to potential buyers.
- Add Light
There’s nothing worse than stepping inside a house that seems cold and uninviting. To make your house feel warm and comfortable, use lighting to your advantage. Make sure you let in lots of natural sunlight during the day, and add lamps to help brighten up dark rooms. If your light fixtures are outdated, replace them with modern ones and use bulbs and make sure that you’re using bright ones. Get to know the different kinds of bulbs to choose from.
- Freshen Up the Outside
First impressions are everything, which is why curb appeal is so important. While the inside of the house is what prospective buyers are most interested in, the outside is the first thing that they’re going to notice. A clean and welcoming exterior can go a long way. Head outside, look around and create a checklist of what needs to be done. Keep in mind that you’ll want the grass to be cut, and if you have any flowers, you’ll want them to look healthy and fresh. For some simple upgrades, you can replace your welcome mat or add plants near the front door. One trick for making your driveway look nearly new is to clean it with a pressure washer, which you can typically rent from a home improvement store.
You’re going to want the rooms in your house to look as big as possible, and that begins with decluttering. Create space by getting rid out outdated furniture, junk, trash, etc. This process can be exhausting – you’d be surprised at how much stuff a single room can accumulate in a matter of months. Because of this, don’t overwhelm yourself, and depending on how big your house is, tackle just a room or two each day. To help pass the time as you organize, listen to music, an audiobook or even a podcast. While decluttering can be time consuming, it will help you out in the long run, as you’ll have less things to pack when you officially move out.
- Take Down the Family Photos
Go ahead and get a head start on packing by taking down any photos on the walls or in frames. When you move anywhere new, personal touches, like family photos, are what make a new house feel like a home. But for potential buyers looking at houses, these things can sometimes make it more difficult for them to be able to envision themselves feeling at home. Buyers want to be able to picture their photos on the walls. Plus, if you leave up your pictures around the house, they’re more likely to distract buyers, and that just takes away from your overall goal of getting your home sold.
If you decided to do some renovating before selling your house, or if you’re in the process of looking for a new house, get in touch with a PrimeLending mortgage expert to learn about your financing options.
From the PrimeLending blog by Sarah Crandall.