Getting Your House Market Ready – The Aesthetics
Selling your home can be an overwhelming. You have to micromanage the way your house looks on the outside and on the inside, all while coordinating logistics with inspectors, realtors, and potential buyers.
Keeping your house in shape is one of the most important aspects of selling your home. You have to take care of curb appeal – keeping that lawn kept – and make sure the home inspector has thoroughly looked over the house. Then you need to meet with your real estate agent to ensure everything is in order.
Yeah, we hear you, it’s a lot to execute. But never fear, the to-do list is here! To-do lists make everything better.
Check Curb Appeal
A showing is your house’s first impression. And you only get one of those, so you better make it count. Give those walls a fresh coat of paint, replace any rusty fixtures, and do a general spruce up of anything potential buyers could see in a showing.
Before you list your property, take an honest look at how it comes across from the outside. Do your best to look at it with a stranger’s eyes. If you’d never been there before, would you want to move in?
Neutralize the Décor
When buyers walk into your home, they want to envision themselves living there. They’ll have a harder time doing that if your family photos are all over the living room, your dog’s dish is in the middle of the floor, and your kids’ artwork covers the refrigerator door. We know, it’s a priceless work of art. But, let’s be real, you’re probably the only one who thinks little Timmy’s hand print turkey is worth looking at. Put those things safely away to be reclaimed after the move.
Make sure to put your pet’s food bowls and toys away. Evidence of pets may make a house seem homey to some people, but not to everyone.
Switch out flashy comforters and pillows for more neutral pieces. If any of your walls are painted bright colors, repaint them in neutrals.
Get Rid of Clutter
Put away anything that makes the place look messy. That includes your collection of Firefly DVDs and your vinyl collection of Scottish bagpipe recordings.
The same goes for bulky furniture or extra odds and ends that add to that charmingly cluttered living room. Rent a storage unit if you need to, but get everything unnecessary out of the way. You want to go for spacious rather than cozy. (Homes sell better when they look spacious.)
You may feel like your home doesn’t look like yours anymore. But that’s ok because that means your house is on its way to the first offer. And you’ll be one step closer to purchasing that new home, where you can paint poetry lyrics on the walls and hang up those ungodly watercolor sketches your child made at daycare.
Polish It Up
Look at your home like a buyer would. What do you notice is broken or out-of-date? Look for things like:
squeaky door hinges
outdated kitchen hardware.
While you’re at it, hire a cleaning service to do a deep-clean of your space. Keep it touched up until it sells. It may seem excessive, but these methods work when it comes to selling your home faster.
Have It Inspected
Even the best-kept home has issues that you can’t see. Your buyers will have to do a home inspection and you don’t want them to find something you’ll have to fix. Be proactive and hire your own inspector so you can resolve any issues in advance.