When you have made the decision to list your home, the task of getting it show ready can seem overwhelming. Questions arise on what should or shouldn’t be done. COListings has 6 tips that will not only make your home more appealing to potential buyers, but will also make your move easier on you.
GET THE CLUTTER OUT
Clear off unnecessary items from all kitchen and bathroom countertops, nightstands and coffee tables. Go through closets and donate or trash anything that you don’t need or want to move out. Removing clutter and packing things away initially will make the final move less daunting.
When buyers walk through your home they will open drawers, cabinets and closets. Storage always ranks high on a what buyer is looking for in a home. When they are packed full of items, it's hard to visualize the space yours can provide. Since your home will be opened up to prospective buyers, make sure that medicines and valuable items are stored away in a secured place.
This can be a hard but exciting step when selling your home. Taking down family photos is important so potential buyers can see their family living in the home. Make sure to keep daily essentials organized and stored in a container out of site for easy access. Finally, remove or replace any built-in items that you want to take with you. Items attached to the structure of the home are generally part of the home purchase. Your COListings agent can help you identify key items you may want to remove before you list.
UPDATE AND REPAIR
Potential buyers like to see walls painted neutral colors. Intense and bright colored walls are seen as a "to do" task if they were to purchase. A simple coat of paint can make a big difference in how they see your home. Homebuyers will identify issues and things in need of restoration when contemplating a purchase. Some common repairs to consider are leaky faucets, creaky doors, jammed drawers, ripped window screens or stains and cracks on walls and ceilings. Although these may seem insignificant, a long list of things to fix can turn off a buyer. As a result, they may ask for money credited back for repairs or to be compensated by reducing the home price.
CLEAN IT UP
Purchasing a home is a huge investment and potential buyers want to see that your home is clean and cared for. Deep cleaning your home before you list will not only make daily upkeep easier for showings, but will reduce cleaning when moving out. Take the time to polish hardwood floors and steam clean carpets. Dust furniture, fixtures, ceiling fans and any other hard-to-reach areas.
DON’T FORGET THE OUTSIDE
Curb appeal is a major factor for prospective homebuyers. It's not only the first impression, but a lasting attribute. Make sure both the front and back yards are mowed and maintained. Clean up the exterior windows and spray down any visible dirt and debris. Trim shrubbery and make sure to clean up after your pets.