It’s a brand new year and you are ready to sell your home. Selling a house can be one of the most stressful experiences in life, but it doesn’t have to be! There are some simple ways to get yourself and your family ready to sell your home and move. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to prepare your home for the selling process, and you don’t have to completely re-do your home to get it ready to sell.
It can be so hard to get rid of things in your home that you feel close to. But you need to de-clutter. The rule of thumb for de-cluttering your home should be, “Have I used this in the last year?” If not, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Go through all of your closets and get rid of clothes that don’t fit and take them to your local donation center. Find a way to organize loose papers on your counters or in your home office into a filing system. Store or donate any children’s toys that aren’t being used anymore. Again, if it hasn’t been used in the last year, eliminate it. And when it’s time to move, you’ll thank yourself; now you don’t have as much junk to move!
Home is where the heart is, but now that you’re selling it, you will have to de-personalize your home. Potential buyers don’t want to move into a home where your kids’ art hangs from every surface, no matter how artistically gifted they might be. They want to imagine their own art and pictures of family on the walls and shelves. Box up any personal items that could distract potential buyers from seeing what your home has to offer. Always remember: what makes your home special to you has no meaning to a potential buyer. Put those meaningful items into boxes to get ready to personalize your new home.
Imagine pulling up to a home for the first time. What is the first thing you notice? The front yard, right? If the first thing a buyer sees is an overgrown lawn, a tilted mailbox, and chipped paint, all they will see is a fixer-upper that isn’t worth theirtime. Give your home excellent curb appeal. Make sure the exterior of your home looks tidy and well kempt. Mow the lawn, blow the leaves, and brighten your home with some colorful planters to really draw a buyer in from the outside.
But if it is broken or malfunctioning, fix it up. Don’t spend time upgrading counters or a bathroom that is perfectly functional. Leaky faucets, or broken outlets should be fixed, though, in order to pass an inspection.