If you’re looking to sell your home quickly and for the highest price possible, then take a look at some of our top tips for how to prep your home to sell – brought to you by some of the best experts in the industry.
A special thank you to Melissa Branson from Chamberlain Reality and Alice Decker from Decker8 Designs for sharing their expertise with us today. These ladies know what it takes to prep a home for the market! Below are their best tips for prepping your home to sell.
Setting The Foundation
When the time comes to sell your home, you’re likely feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety. Selling your home is a big deal, after all! This is why you need a solid game plan in place if you want to make the most money from your home sale (and who doesn’t?).
Our first tip is all about setting the foundation for the sale by scheduling a home selling consultation with a Realtor about 30-60 days out. This action will help set you up with a solid base for a successful, profitable home sale. Your Realtor will help you to create a customized plan based on your specific needs and situation.
Listing your home on the market, selling it quickly, and getting the most bang for your buck is all about preparedness. The more prepared you and your home are for the sale, the more money you will get out of it and the smoother the process will go. As Melissa likes to say, “a prepared seller is a happy seller.”
How to Prep Your Home to Sell
Once you have an action plan in place for selling your home, follow these tips to set yourself up for the ultimate success.
- Make those home improvements
You know that old, stained carpet that you’ve been meaning to replace? Or that broken floorboard? Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get to work on those home improvement projects. You want to put your best foot forward for potential buyers. Don’t give them any leverage for negotiating a lower price.
- Declutter and Detach
It’s usually only when we’re preparing to move that we realize the magnitude of the amount of “stuff” we have. This is especially true if you’ve lived in your home for a long time. Potential buyers don’t want to see your clutter, and you don’t want to pack up and move a bunch of junk with you. So it’s vital that you take the time to do the work involved with decluttering and detaching from items that aren’t serving you any longer.
Once you get rid of all the stuff that you don’t want or need, you can then narrow down what’s left and decide what needs to stay out and what can be “pre-packed.” By pre-packing your items before you sell, you’re getting them out of the way so that your home can shine, not your stuff. Once you move into your new home, you can unpack them and find their place there. Buyers love seeing how much space is available, don’t cram cupboards and closets with stuff to obstruct their view.
Potential buyers want to see themselves living in your home, so it’s best to depersonalize it as much as possible. Takedown those family pictures and your kid’s artwork, you’ll find a place for those in your new home. Let your potential buyers focus on the features of your home, not your trophies, diplomas, and personal artifacts.
- Deep Clean
This is more than just running the vacuum across your floors and wiping down your countertops. This is the nitty-gritty clean that includes all those small, overlooked places that we typically never get to. Windows, baseboards, ceiling fans…you get the idea. It may even be worth your investment to hire a cleaning company to take care of this for you.
We all have our own style and like to keep our homes the way we like. But, when it comes to selling your home, you really need to focus on appealing to the masses. By adding in a few timeless design elements, you can really make your home stand out. Keep it simple and universally appealing for your best shot of selling quickly.
Get to Work!
Whether it’s your first home sale or your fifth, it can feel intimidating to get started. However, when you’re armed with a solid plan, you can get the most out of your home and sell it quickly.
Thanks again to the contributing professionals for their pro tips for how to prep your home to sell. We hope you find these tips useful and welcome you to reach out to Melissa, Alice, or myself for more tips and information!