If you want to sell your home for the best possible price, it's necessary you take certain steps to ensure it shows well to potential buyers who come for a tour. Some of the most important include:
Preparing the Front Yard With an Eye Towards Positive Curb Appeal
One common mistake home sellers often make is to clean up and prepare the interior of their home for sale and then run out of steam when it comes to getting the front yard looking good. This is less than ideal because buyers often make their minds up about a home when they first drive up and park in front of it. For this reason, your home is not considered to be ready to sell unless it has nice curb appeal.
Deep Cleaning of the Entire Home
When a buyer walks through your home for the first time, they want to be able to picture themselves moving in and living in it. If they walk in and see dirt or areas that are less than clean and sanitary, then this is often a turnoff that is hard to overcome in other ways. Though cleaning would be a quick process, most buyers have no interest in cleaning up after other people. For this reason, it's vital your home is sparkling clean before you list it.
Decluttering and Depersonalization of the Interior Spaces
Just as many buyers can't picture themselves living in a home that's dirty or has poor curb appeal, so too will they have problems envisioning themselves living in your home if it is overly cluttered or filled with personal items. Decluttering your home gives you the chance to get a jump on the process of moving. Before listing your home, first, declutter by going through all of your stuff and selling, donating, or trashing things you no longer need. As you do so, pack away your family photos, trophies, and other personal items so they will be ready to move into your new home and your current home will be more impersonal for buyers.
Staging the Home for Sale
Before listing your home for sale it needs to be staged. Staging allows your buyers to walk in and easily see how the various rooms can be used. For example, if you have an empty extra bedroom, then consider either adding a bed and showing buyers its intended purpose or putting in a desk and file cabinet to show buyers what a beautiful office the room makes.
Finally, it's very important when staging and preparing your home for sale that you remember to always do so to match the taste of the majority of buyers rather than you own personal taste. Even if you love bright colored walls, paint them a neutral color to appeal to the most buyers possible. This will increase your chances of a quick sale and will make your real estate agent's job a lot easier.