Preparing a Home to Sell: How to Get Ready for Market
“Getting ready for market” is insider real estate talk for preparing your home to sell. While it might seem as easy as contacting a realtor and sticking a sign in your front yard, and in many ways it is, there are also a few things that you can do to prepare your home to reach its ultimate listing (and pricetag!) potential. In fact, we’re firm believers that paying a little up front can bring higher offers down the line. We’ve also seen that small investment turn into a quick sale, and who doesn’t love that?! Today we’re lending our expert advice, so you know exactly what to expect when it comes to listing your home.
Focus on curb appeal
If you’re going to put a little cash down anywhere, focus on your curb appeal. Your home’s exterior is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Much like the old adage goes for meeting people, the same applies to a house, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Fluff up your flowerbeds. Clean the gutters. Replant those mailbox plants. Add fresh pine straw to your natural landscaping areas. Mow the grass. Clear the path to your dock. With a little time, a little elbow grease and a little investment, you’re bound to see big results.
Declutter. Declutter. Declutter. If there’s one thing we can’t recommend enough, it’s paring down your personal items. Think reorganizing and clearing bookshelves, removing excess shampoo bottles from bathrooms, cutting back on family photos, cleaning out closets and reorganizing storage spaces. Remove everything, and we mean everything, from kitchen and bathroom countertops. When potential buyers visit a home, they want to see themselves living there, as well as see that there is plenty of storage. A cluttered space will do just the opposite.
It’s amazing how big of a difference paint can make. Of course, we don’t expect you to repaint your entire home, but we’d love to see you take the time to repair holes from art, paint over any staircase scuffs and brighten up dimly lit rooms with vibrant white paint. A turn-key home is always more appealing to buyers, so taking the time to freshen up the interior (and in some cases exterior) paint might sell your home faster.
While staging can be a small investment, it is sometimes the key to success. We’re lucky to have a local staging company nearby called Off the Beaten Path. They have amazing furniture and decor to give your home that fresh look buyers love. It also helps buyers really focus on the bones of a home. Instead of getting caught up on your decor style, they’re focused on seeing the house for what it is: their next home!
Need more advice for selling your Lake Martin home? We’d love to chat!