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Tips for Sellers; Prepping your home to go on the market

Listing your home for sale is a significant decision, and the key to a successful sale often lies in how well you prepare your property for the market.

Will your house sell regardless of whether or not you prioritize these suggestions? Absolutely ! But, first impressions matter, and making your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers can greatly increase your chances of a quicker and more profitable sale. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the essential steps for getting your home ready to go on the market.

Declutter and Depersonalize

Before you put your home on the market, take the time to remove clutter and personal items throughout the house. Removing family photos, excess décor, excess furnishings and other personal items as well as trash and clutter, will help buyers envision themselves living in the house. Providing a clean, neutral palette allows people to picture their own things living in the space.

Deep Clean Every Inch

A clean home, is a welcoming home and as my Grandmother always said "soap is cheap". If housework isn't your thing, hire professionals to clean your house, including carpets, windows and hard to reach places. At the very least, thoroughly clean and disinfect surface areas and bathrooms. Masking smells with candles, baking cookies or essential oil diffusers can distract from odors but, a spotless, fresh smelling home is much more appealing to potential buyers.

Make Necessary Repairs

Address any noticeable issues or repairs. This includes fixing leaky faucets, squeaky doors, broken items and any other minor problems that could detract from the overall appeal of your home. Well-maintained homes are associated with better value.

Enhance Curb Appeal

Your home's exterior is the first thing someone will see, so make sure it pops and shines. Consider painting the front door, trimming bushes, removing anything obstructing the view from the street and planting colorful flowers. A well nurtured exterior creates good energy around the home and makes a positive first impression.

Freshen Up Paint and Flooring

If walls are dirty, or have bold, unique colors, consider painting them in a soft, neutral tones. Additionally, if your flooring is stained, damaged, outdated or, a different material in every room, consider investing in new carpet or refinishing floors with tile or an affordable LVP that is uniform in every area. This investment up front can significantly improve the overall look and appeal of your home and potentially its value.

Stage Your Home for Sale

Consider hiring professional stager to showcase your home's full potential. Staging means preparing the home for a potential buyer — or "setting the stage," if you will. It involves redecorating, rearranging furniture, and other aesthetic strategies to present the home in the best possible light. Staging helps buyers visualize the space and highlights its best features. Well placed furnishings and décor will visually make a world of difference !

Maximize Natural Light

Open the shutters, curtains or blinds to let in as much natural light as possible during your open houses and home viewing appointments. Adequate lighting makes any space feel more open and inviting. Ensure that all light fixtures are clean, dust free and in working order.

Consult With a Realtor

Interview a local Realtor and ask the following questions;

How will you highlight my homes selling points, such as energy efficient features, etc ? ,

How will you determine my homes value, set the sale price and ultimately accept an offer for that amount ?

How much will you invest in marketing materials and will that include professional photography ?

What data can you provide me on your marketing reach and return ?

The answers provided will help you to identify which Realtor is best equipped to showcase your home and make the most positive impact on potential buyers.

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In conclusion, preparing your home to go on the market is a critical step to achieving a successful sale. Decluttering, deep cleaning, making repairs, and enhancing your homes overall appeal will attract more buyers and potentially secure a higher selling price. Remember, the key is to present your home in the best possible light and create an inviting atmosphere so that it will resonate with more potential buyers.

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