Tips to Make Your Home Easier to Sell

If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, now is the time to prepare.  Investing a little bit of time and money now will make it easier to sell. Here are a few tips to get you organized: 

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Depersonalize your home

There are a lot of memories in your home, but it is essential that you remove the emotional connection. You want to make it easy for potential buyers to see themselves living here. Removing excess personal items like family photographs will make it easier for perspective buyers to envision their own memories in this home.

Be objective

Would you buy this home? Are there repairs or updates that need done? Objectivity is a tough task for most homeowners, so enlist the help of a friend or neighbor for a second opinion. Overlooking small flaws could end up costing you money.

Freshen Up

This is the most basic update you can do to welcome perspective buyers. Make sure your house is clean and fresh. Buy some potpourri or room fresheners to have on hand before showings. 

Clean out the clutter

If your rooms and closets are filled to capacity, get rid of what you do not need. This is a great time to donate household items and furniture to charity. Pack the items you want to keep and store them. This will come in handy as you prepare to move.

Maintenance

Make repairs to things like broken window locks and worn door handles so the home has a maintained look. Even simple updates to light fixtures and faucets can offer a nice updated appearance. Additionally, if there are more significant repairs that need made, like replacing a furnace, now is the time to do it.

Paint

If your walls look dull, it is time for a fresh coat of paint. Additionally, if that eclectic chartreuse green hue in your bedroom was a fun personal preference, it might be time for an update. Stick with light, neutral colors to help the space feel brighter and larger. Colors like light beige or neutral green appeal to the widest number of buyers.

Curb appeal

Make sure the outside of your home gets the attention it deserves. Does the gutter need cleaned? Are there outside repairs or painting that need to take place? Make sure the drive-by appearance of your home is aesthetically pleasing. This is the first thing potential buyers will notice.

Preparing your home for the best presentation possible is the easiest way to set yourself up for success on the market. The investment you make now will provide you an edge in the market in the weeks to come.