Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a things you can do to prepare, in order to get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will overlook these issues. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
Neutralize. Your goal should be for buyers to see themselves living in your home. If you leave all your collectibles and personal photographs out, buyers will tend to see it as your house, rather than theirs, and they will be less likely to make you an offer. Try replacing any bold colors, especially if they're showing signs of wear, with something more neutral—beige, tan, white or light gray. Repainting and re-flooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Stage. Less is more. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. A home staging consultant can add small details and decorator touches that will make buyers want to live in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs, pillows, flowers, decorative soaps, towels, patio furniture, etc. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.
NOTE: These are my personal thoughts and should not be considered legal or investment advice.
Don Carlson, GRI
Keller Williams North Country