You’ve made the decision: it’s time to sell your home. Maybe you’re moving to a larger home. Maybe you’re downsizing your empty nest. Maybe you’re moving to follow a career or a promotion. Or maybe adventure is calling. No matter the reason for selling, you’ve made the decision, and now your house has got to go. And you want it to sell at a great price, too. There are many steps you can take to get your home ready to be sold… and it won’t break the bank!
Want to make your closets look spacious? Move half of the things in your closet out of them and store elsewhere. Potential buyers will see that the closets aren’t cluttered or in disarray and marvel at their size… no matter how large or small they are.
Are your walls clean? Are there spots on the windows? Is the garage tidy? It seems small but details matter, especially to a generation of new home buyers who grew up watching HGTV. Take time to go through each part of your house and look for small repairs or places to clean that might otherwise make your home look old and a little dingy.
Pay attention to your curb and door appeal. The point of both areas is to make your home look attractive and welcoming. Hang a wreath on your door, cut the lawn, and make sure that your mailbox isn’t askew. You want potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your cozy home—it will create an emotional connection and make your place seem irresistible!
Perhaps you have a pet that likes running around while damp or kids who dump their gym clothes in their room without washing them. Often, we get used to the common smells in our homes… but potential buyers won’t. Make sure that your home smells clean and fresh. Invest in air fresheners and candles and deep clean at trouble spots like the spot on the sofa where Fluffy always reposes. Before potential buyers arrive, throw a sheet of pre-made cookies in the oven or simmer orange peels, lemon, and cinnamon on the stovetop.
Most homes may not be able to recoup the costs of huge remodeling undertakings right before going on the market. Instead, make small changes—like updating light fixtures or paint colors—to get the most bang for your buck.
Do you know how much your home is actually worth? Have you thought about the right real estate agent for you? As you get ready to sell, make sure that you’re also taking the time to learn about the process of selling the house. The more you know, the more readily you’ll be able to make smart decisions for your finances and your family.
Have a hot tub? Pool? Garden? Maybe you have another amenity? These nifty areas are a boon to your house… but can look like a chore to outsiders. Make sure that these areas are manicured and cleaned, too. Mold on the hot tub cover will have potential buyers slowly backing away, just like a weedy, messy garden will remind them of all of the energy and time it will take to keep the house looking picture perfect.
Ready to make your sale a reality? If you’re ready to find a real estate agent who knows Maryland, let’s talk!