Preparing your home for the market is work. But it will be rewarded when done properly!
The challenge for sellers - especially in a market that favors sellers already - is to view their home through the eyes of complete strangers.
And even more challenging is prospective sellers being critical of what they see. But this is critical as prospective buyers will be critical for sure.
If you are a motivated seller I suggest you start your preparation outside at the curb and then focus inward. After all, first impressions matter - especially when selling your home.
Consider things like...
- Landscaping. Your yard needs to look appealing because as you heard as a child, first impressions matter!
- Exterior paint. At a minimum look at your front door. If the paint is recent make sure it is clean. If not, a new coat of paint is an easy fix.
- Lighting. When will your home be seen? Lighting is critical,e specially during the winter when it gets darker earlier. Light and bright is good. Dark and gloomy, not so good.
- Interior Paint. This goes hand in hand with the lighting recommendation. Light, neutral, non high personalized paint is best.
- Clutter. This can be thought of as just too much stuff including furniture. Extra furnishings as well as over-sized furniture can detract from a homes usable space. And this goes for the kitchen counters as well. Put away mall appliances and things that take up counter space.
- Cleanliness. Sometimes sellers do not have the funds to spend on new paint or whatever. But cleanliness costs little more than effort. The nose is key. Jokingly I like to say "if you can smell it, you can't sell it." Furthermore, once showings start refrain from cooking things that leave a smell for days.
- De-personalize. While this is sort of "clutter" related it deserves its own bullet point. By this I mean to take the "you" out of the house. Portraits, artwork, diplomas, collections/hobby items, pictures off the refrigerator, etc. Have buyers focus on the house not the occupants.
- Safety and Security. Think about risk management as well. Consider any trip hazards, security issues like personal weapons. Think about removing personal papers and medications. Remember, most real estate agents do not know their customers very well. This is especially critical if your real estate agent holds an open house where all sorts of complete strangers show up.
Properly preparing a house for the market takes time. Sometimes sellers make the mistake of rushing a house to the market and doing preparation concurrently. While this may be necessary due to circumstances, avoid it if possible. Sellers usually only get one chance to impress prospective buyers. Make it count!
If you are ready to sell your Melbourne, Florida home, call or text me at 321-693-3850 for your free market analysis.
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