How to Prepare a Home for Sale

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Are you ready to make a move and sell your home? There are many steps to getting prepared to sell your property, but Rob Rolland Realty is here to help you. Today on our news feed, we want to share with you tips on how to prepare a home for sale. The first step is preparing yourself mentally for the changes you are about to make.

Mentally Break Away from Your Home

As you begin the process of selling your residence, walk around your home, and try to look at it without emotion. Over time our homes become filled with stories and memories, but if you want to sell your home, you must look at it with a fresh mindset.

Take the time to consider your home as if you were someone looking to purchase your house. Would you, as a potential buyer, appreciate certain things? This may be difficult to think about in the beginning, but it is a necessary step to take.

Walking through your home with the mindset of a new homeowner will give you insight into the kinds of repairs and other changes you will need to make to help you sell your property quickly.

Go Ahead and Pack Up Personal Items

Although you enjoy your family’s portraits and artwork hanging on the walls of your home, it does not help you to break away from it. As your home is shown to buyers, they need to be able to visualize themselves living in your space. If at every turn, they are confronted with images of your children and pets, this becomes difficult for buyers to do.

Leaving personal items such as photos hanging on the walls or other mementos can also send the message to those visiting that maybe you are not ready to part with your property yet. Besides, if you proceed with packing up personal objects, it gives you a head start on the entire project of moving and can boost your morale for moving into a new home.

Say Goodbye to Clutter

Nothing makes a residence feel unfriendly and cramped more than clutter! We are all guilty of collecting items that just become “stuff” around our homes. Moving is the perfect opportunity to get rid of anything you have not used in over a year.

If you have not used an item in the span of six months to a year, the likelihood of you ever using it are slim. Why hang on to objects that just take up space or make you feel guilty for not using them enough? It may surprise you how healthy you will feel by letting go of clutter. It is indeed a morale booster.

On another note, if you have an area where there is a bunch of clutter, a buyer cannot see it. If a client or buyer cannot see something it does not exist to them. Clutter also leaves people with the impression that you do not care about your home and living spaces. Too much clutter could lead a possible buyer into believing that there could be other issues they cannot see.

Organize What is Left

After you have kicked your clutter to the curb and packed up your treasured items, be sure to organize what is left. Give yourself time to organize all your closets, drawers, and cabinets. When someone visits your property, they are going to look at everything. They will open all features of your home to see if what has been built in will meet their needs. Don’t embarrass yourself and risk losing a buyer because you didn’t present your home in the best light. Remember your home is going to be an ad for itself, make it attractive and enticing.

Fix Any Minor Repairs

If there are things wrong in your space that a little elbow grease can fix go ahead and invest the time into doing it. It would surprise you as to what simple things can turn a buyer into a different direction.

Fix repairs such as changing light bulbs, leaky faucets, holes in walls, removing or touching up paint, and even fix drawers that may be off track. Often the smallest repair can result in the sale of your home.

Hire a Professional Cleaner

Finally, after everything else has been completed, hire a professional cleaner to come in do a deep clean of your home. The longer we live in a space, the longer we must establish routines. Hiring a professional ensures that you have a fresh set of eyes cleaning your area to prepare it to look its best.

Most professional cleaners know how to clean your home for an open house properly. They know what is expected and what buyers are looking for. You want your home to look fresh and well-taken care of so it will sell quickly. The investment of a professional cleaner will pay for itself.

Preparing a property for sale is a process, but you do not have to do it alone. Rob Rolland Realty is here to help you along the way. If you are looking to put your home on the market, feel free to contact us today and let us help you!