So you have decided to sell your home, now what? Many things are running through your mind as you are sitting at the table sipping on your tea. Not to worry I am here to help ease some of your concerns. Today I will share with you 5 things you should do to get your home ready for the market.
- Depersonalize /declutter your home- You may have been in your for 5, 10,20 or 50 years and you love it! The bottom line is you want potential buyers to picture themselves in your home. So pack up all your photos, family heirlooms, and other objects and clutter that might distract potential buyers and hurt a possible sale. You want to present buyers with an impersonal, clean environment so they can imagine the home perhaps decorated with their own photographs, furniture, and art objects. Depersonalizing your home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize how the home might look filled with their own items. Also, remove books from bookcases and other knickknacks, and clean everything off your kitchen counters. Essential items that you use daily can be tucked away in small boxes that you can place in a closet when they’re not in use. When buyers see photos online and or walk in a home and stumble across a bunch of stuff that is a big no, no.
- Remove Bulky/run down furniture- I see this too often, if your home is cozy (small spaces) do not and I will repeat DO NOT have bulky furniture in the room. By doing this it will only scream “I’m too small”. Buyers will feel that the home is too small. If your furniture is not up to par I would suggest having your home staged by a professional this can determine if your home will sell or not.
- Curb Appeal- The front of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see online and or driving by. You do not want potential buyers driving down the street only to see weeds 3 feet tall and garbage all in the front. If you are not able to do it I would HIGHLY suggest you hire someone to come out and do the work. Cutting the grass , trimming trees, sweeping the front porch, buying a new door mat can go a long way.
- Nice odor- One thing many tend to forget to do is to freshen up the home. Sometimes we get so used to the odor in our home that we don’t notice a funk smell. Invest in getting two diffusers and essential oils and start putting that on for maybe two weeks before the open house so the home can really have a nice scent throughout. Also when you have the open house turn those diffusers on.
5. Call me- I am a Realtor in the San Francisco bay area of California. I can help you directly if you are in the area but if you are not in the area I have a team all around the country, reach out and I will put you in the right hands to assist in your home sale. 510.689.3859