Preparing your home for sale can be a daunting task, leaving you unsure of where to begin. To ease the process and ensure a smooth selling experience, we have curated a list of valuable tips that are often overlooked. These underrated tips will not only help you make your home inviting for potential buyers but also create a comfortable atmosphere for visitors.
- Creating a Blank Canvas
This can be done in several ways. The most important would be to remove personal items such as photos, family mementos, and other sentimental belongings. By removing these items, you take away the personalization of your home and give potential buyers the ability to picture themselves living in the space.
De-cluttering a space can also make a significant impact on your house’s appearance. While it is good to still have a house look lived in (by having bedding, furniture, and other similar items visible), cleaning up random clutter around the house can make it look larger and cleaner. Some people will even suggest leaving cabinets and drawers only half full, this way they look used but not overstuffed and messy.
It is no secret that each home has a unique scent. While this is not a bad thing, it can work against you when you try to sell your house. When a house smells unfamiliar, it can be difficult for potential buyers to picture themselves living inside of a house.
To combat stuffiness and let in fresh air, open windows prior to a house showing. Baking a plate of cookies immediately before leaving can also help to give your home a more neutral scent. To simplify even more, pick up a pre-made package of cookie dough, so that you do not have to worry about making a mess in the kitchen that you will have to rush to clean up.
- Minor Upgrades and Repairs
Large renovations are often not worth it when selling a house, but making minor adjustments can increase a home’s value significantly while not costing you much money or time.
For example, consider adding fresh paint to walls, especially if they are worn, scratched, or unconventional colors. Neutral colors are always a good option to choose when painting to sell a home. Other Useful Upgrades include; refacing cabinets and drawers, changing out sinks, upgrading old countertops, and switching out lights to ones that are brighter.
Considering the exterior of your house is also important. Making sure that your landscaping looks decent can help to increase the value of your home. Having the outside look inviting makes it much more likely that buyers will want to see the inside as well.
- Don’t Undervalue the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important places to focus on when selling. Upgrading old countertops, tidying up cabinets, and double-checking that all of your appliances are in good condition can go a long way in making your home more appealing.
- Don’t Cut Corners
When cleaning, make sure that you deep clean everything. Potential buyers will often check areas such as cabinets, so it is important to catch these when cleaning. For this, it is also worth considering investing in a professional cleaner who will have all the materials, knowledge, and skills to clean your home.
- No Pets
As much as pets add to the homey feeling of a house, they are not helpful when it comes to house viewings. Not everybody is comfortable with animals, and many seem to think that houses with animals are less sanitary and clean than other houses.
When it comes to taking photos for your house, it is important to use professionals. The LorenzTeam will hire someone that has experience highlighting the best parts of houses and taking high-quality images.
Selling your home can be a difficult process. With the help of these tips and the expertise of our experienced realtors at The LorenzTeam, we can make it a painless and, dare we say, enjoyable, process. To learn more about what we do and how we can make moving less stressful, check out our website or contact us!