Selling your home doesn’t mean just hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. While hiring the right realtor is very important, there are also a lot of other preparations you should make to ensure that you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.
Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. 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 bother to go inside.
You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices you may have on your walls or on your floors with more neutral colors. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.
Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilites in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Most of the time they will be able to make use of the things that you already have. 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 and not the makeup.
If any of this sounds daunting and you are not sure where to start, don’t fret. Part of a realtors service should be to help you decide what needs to be done and what can be put off. Some realtors also have staging experience, which would cut the cost of hiring a separate stager and really streamline the process.