Are you getting ready to put your home on the market and want to know what you need to do to get it ready for sale? In this episode of Highest And Best, I’m going to share some important tips on getting your home ready for sale so you can get the biggest return on your investment. We’ll see how sprucing up your space and making it attractive to potential buyers will make all the difference when selling your home.
Assessing Your Space
My first tip for you is to invite me into your home to do a full assessment. I’ll look at any projects that need to be done to help improve your resale and maximize your return on investment. This will include going through the house from top to bottom.
Does the house need to be painted? Would it make sense to remodel a bathroom? Should the floors be redone? Should we do anything to the landscaping and exterior? Through my assessment, I can tell you with absolute certainty what’s going to make the most sense and what we shouldn’t take on in presale.
Decluttering And Depersonalizing
My second tip is to come up with a declutter and depersonalization plan. Depending on the state of things, we can either come up with a plan together or I can bring in my Ace staging consultant. They can do a virtual walkthrough over Zoom and then create a room-by-room checklist.
The reason this step is so important is multifold. First, the way we live in a home and the way we sell it are two entirely different things. We want buyers that see the photos online to picture themselves living in the home, not someone else’s family. We want the buyers to focus on the features and attributes of your home.
We don’t want them going down any emotional rat holes, looking at your wedding photos, your children’s school art projects, or pics of family vacations. These are distractions. You’ve got to remove all these kinds of personal items and neutralize the space. We want buyers moving into the house in their own minds, not focusing on the stuff in your life.
The important thing about decluttering is to remove everything that makes the house look busy, bothered, or cramped. We want it to look clean and neat. Have your child or children fill one plastic-lidded storage bin with the toys and games they can’t live without during the sales process. Then pack up everything else they can live without. You can even turn this into a really fun game where they decide on stuff that they’d like to donate to another child.
Tip number three is the deep clean. The deep clean is exactly what it sounds like. It includes getting windows and mirrors squeaky clean, washing screens and skylights, bleaching bathroom and kitchen grout, dusting and polishing light fixtures, replacing burned-out bulbs, cleaning baseboards, light switches, and wall sockets, and the big ones: tubs, toilets, showers, and appliances.
Make sure everything is clean. Buyers equivocate a clean house with a well-maintained house, and you most certainly want to give that impression.
Improving Curb Appeal
Tip number four is improving curb appeal. You’ll want to freshen up your mulch and trim back any overgrown trees or bushes. We want to make sure that anything that’s interfering with natural light getting into the house is dealt with.
We also want to add some color if possible. If not in the landscaping, you can do this by adding a few pots. Curb appeal is so important because it’s the very first impression of the home that buyers get. You want the house to look inviting and welcoming.
Relax And Let Me Do The Work
My last tip—and you’re probably not expecting this one—is that you need to relax. You’ve hired me. I’m a professional, and I’m going to help you navigate the entire process. It’s a complicated process, but we’re going to do it together and you can feel confident that you’re in good hands.
So if you want to get your house ready for sale, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help. You can also subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Highest Or Best, my show all about maximizing your real estate investment when you’re ready to sell. Stay tuned to see what I feature next!