Your house may be high on the buyer wish list this holiday season. Many homeowners decide to wait until the holiday season has passed, which is understandable given the holidays are the perfect time to relax and spend time with your family. However, it could be the best time to start preparing your home for sale. There are a series of steps to consider prior to listing your property in the market because you definitely want to ensure your property is ready to shock prospective home buyers. We have created a list of the top 5 ways to prepare your home for sale.

Pack and Purge

Moving is a stressful and messy process, to ensure you are prepared and prevent problems along the way make sure to take this time to declutter. Analyze the things you truly want to take with you and consider leaving big furniture pieces or appliances in the property, these could be negotiated with prospective buyers. Another alternative is to donate these, there are many charity locations that accept gently used items including, clothing, kitchen utensils, appliances, and furniture. 

Also, spend some time creating an inventory to help make sure that nothing gets lost in the move and speed up the unpacking process at your new home. If you’re tech-savvy, you may want to download a home inventory app to photograph and label everything. Moreover, consider asking your realtor for advice on moving companies they have worked with in the past. Hiring a well ranked and professional company will help ease your mind. 

Make Repairs

You want to assess with your agent the type of market you are located in. Because in a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers. However, on a seller’s market, the buyers have to be more flexible and would consider purchasing properties with the intention to make repairs or improvements. Something that is always recommended is to paint the interior of your home in bright simple colors, such as white or beige, this will light up the space and help the property look more inviting. 

Improve your landscaping

Your home’s exterior will impact the first impression of prospective buyers. Make sure your lawn is in immaculate condition, prune the bushes, weed the garden, and plant flowers. In the fall, ensure to clear out all the leaves, and in the winter, clear out the driveway and entrance path from the snow. 

Clean

It is advisable to hire a professional cleaning company to deep clean your property to leave all surfaces shiny, get rid of bad smells, and ensure that your place is in pristine condition. Organize and clean the closets, storage areas, and garage, ensure the beds are made and the kitchen looks inviting before visits. Because of the pandemic, invest in an array of disposable cleaning wipes and a disposable duster to clean up the surfaces all visitors have touched, such as door handles and light switches.

Stage

Discuss with your real estate agent the possibility of staging your property. This is done by hiring an interior decorating company that specializes in styling the rooms in your home to look clean, organized, and stylish. It helps create a homey environment for visitors to feel welcome and imagine their lives on the property. This can sometimes involve high costs, so it is important that you remember this is not mandatory to sell your home, however, it can certainly help the process. 

As always is it important to discuss this process with your listing agent, they can provide you with advice and recommendations on what is necessary or not to do to your home prior to making the property available in the market.  Trust their expertise and enjoy the process!….

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