It's Time to Sell. Now What...?

If you’ve ever moved, you know how stressful it can be, and let's not even talk about where all the stuff we’ve accumulated comes from? For many, as they are preparing to move, they are faced with also having to prepare their current place to sell. Talk about an entirely new set of stress...

Here are a few tips to help you make the process of preparing your home to sell easier:

1. Lose Yourself

The key to preparing your house to sell (hopefully quickly) is to remember you’re

not trying to sell your house, you’re trying to sell their house. Your future buyer needs to be able to envision themselves living in your space. This means you need to depersonalize it as much as possible by removing things like family photos or boldly colored furniture. These changes allow buyers to be able to imagine what they and their things will look like in your space.

2. Major in the Minors

A house that needs repairs can often break a sale. It will probably work to your advantage to give your house an interior facelift by painting rooms in neutral colors, patching holes and fixing squeaky doors or jammed drawers. The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to open one of your cabinets and the door falls off the hinges.

3. First Impressions Matter

There’s an old saying that we eat with our eyes first, meaning, if something doesn’t look appealing, we’re less likely to try it. I believe the same is true with your house. If a potential buyer has trouble finding your house because they can’t see the address because it’s not visible from the street, or they pull up to your house and the first thing they see is overgrown grass or chipped paint, it decreases the changes they’ll buy it. Take some time to cut the grass, put out a pot or two of flowers and paint the exterior if it’s needed. Does it take a little extra effort? Yes, but in the end, the payoff could be huge.

4. Let it Shine

It’s also important that you take some time to clean before any potential homeowners come to visit. I know this isn’t always easy since often you don’t have much notice, but as much as possible, give the refrigerator and mirrors a quick wipe and make sure counters

aren’t cluttered. Also, if you have pets who stay inside the house, don’t forget to vacuum and to change the cat litter to help eliminate pet odors to which you may have gone nose blind. Even though it might be stressful, at the end of the day, you want to put your best foot forward in showcasing your home. Think of it this way: The quicker it sells, the quicker you can move on.

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