5 Tips for Getting your House Ready to Sell
Updated: Oct 20
Are you getting ready to sell your house? It's a big decision, and there's much to consider. If you're like most home sellers, you want to get your house ready to sell as quickly and smoothly as possible.
But before you put that "For Sale" sign in the front yard, there are a few things you should do to get your house in tip-top shape.
Here are five tips to help you get your house ready to sell.
1. Clean, Clean, Clean
First impressions matter, so you want to ensure your home is sparkling from top to bottom before potential buyers come through. This means washing windows, mopping floors, scrubbing bathrooms, and decluttering every space in your house.
If you have any items that are particularly valuable or sentimental, consider putting them into storage until after your home is sold.
A clean and clutter-free home will help prospective buyers imagine themselves living there and may even help speed up the sale.
So, roll up your sleeves and get to work!
2. Freshen up the Paint
Anyone who has ever been through the process of selling a house knows that first impressions are everything. If potential buyers pull up to a property and see an unkempt exterior, it's unlikely they'll want to waste their time going further.
A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest and most effective ways to give a property a much-needed facelift. It can do wonders for making a house feel new and updated.
When choosing paint colors, it's best to stick with neutral hues that appeal to a wide range of people. You don't want anything too bold or specific that could turn buyers off. Crisp white walls are always a good option, or you can choose a light gray or beige if you want something a little more subdued. These colors will help make your home feel bright and airy and give you the flexibility to change things down the road if you ever decide to redecorate.
With a little bit of elbow grease and some new paint, even the most dated property can start to feel new again.
3. Update Hardware and Fixtures
If there are any broken items in your house, now is the time to fix them. Broken things can make your home look neglected, and they can also be a safety hazard. Replacing old hardware and fixtures with new ones is another quick and easy way to give your home an update.
Any broken items will likely turn potential buyers off; this includes door knobs, cabinet pulls, light fixtures, faucets, etc., so it's best to fix them before putting your house on the market.
Again, try to stick with neutral or classic styles that won't date your home too much in case you need to sell again in the future.
4. Stage Your Home Properly
One of the most important things you can do when selling your home is to ensure it's properly staged. Staging means arranging furniture and decor in a way that is pleasing and inviting to potential buyers.
You want buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, so make each room look as inviting as possible. This will make each room appear larger and more functional. You can also add decoration that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.
For example, you might want to arrange the furniture in the living room to encourage conversation and create an expansive feeling. In the kitchen, you might want to clear off countertops and put away any appliances that are not regularly used. And in the bedroom, you might want to create a calming atmosphere with soft colors and cozy bedding.
Professional staging companies can do it for you if you're unsure how to stage your home effectively.
5. Get Professional Help When Necessary
When selling your home, some things are best left to the professionals. This includes deep cleaning (if regular cleaning just isn't enough), painting (if doing it yourself seems like too big of an undertaking), and staging (if you're not sure where to start). Hiring experts in these areas will help ensure your home looks its best when potential buyers come knocking.
And, let's be honest, who doesn't want to ensure that their home sells for the highest possible price? So, if you're considering putting your home on the market, don't forget to call the professionals. They'll be glad you did!
Bonus Tips to Sell Your Home Quickly
Aside from getting your house in tip-top shape before listing it, here are other things you can do to increase your chances of selling your house quickly and efficiently.
Come Up With A Competitive Asking Price
It's no secret that the asking price is one of the most significant determining factors in how quickly your home sells. If you want your home to sell fast, you need to be competitive with other homes in your area - but you also don't want to lowball yourself and leave money on the table.
It can be tough to find that perfect balance, but it's worth researching and finding out what similar homes in your area are selling for.
With a little effort, you can price your home perfectly and have it off the market in no time!
Advertise It In The Right Places
Undoubtedly, technology has changed how we do almost everything these days, including buying and selling homes. No longer are potential buyers going to open up the Sunday paper and scan the real estate listings - instead, they are going to head straight to their computer or phone and start their search online.
This means that if you're trying to sell your home quickly and efficiently, it's absolutely critical that you make sure your listing is easy to find online. The last thing you want is for potential buyers in your area to have a hard time finding your listing - so make sure you are advertising through Google and real estate websites like Zillow and Realtor.
Hire A Good Real Estate Agent
One of the best things you can do when selling your house is to hire a good real estate agent. You want to find an agent with a lot of experience helping people sell their homes in your local area. They can also help you come up with an effective pricing strategy.
They should also be somebody that has a good reputation. This way, you can be sure they will work hard to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible and help you get top dollar for it.
Let's face it- selling your home is no easy task. It may seem overwhelming, but take it one step at a time, and the house will be ready soon!
There are so many things you have to do and worry about, but I hope these tips have been helpful for you, whether your goal is to sell soon or get started with pre-selling.
And as I mentioned, some things are best left to the professionals when selling your home. Plus, it'll allow you to relax and take a break from all the work of selling your home.
What could be more refreshing than knowing someone else literally does everything, right? So, let's work together and get you to your goal! :)