Is your home ready for the spotlight?
When it comes to preparing your home for sale, the little details will make all the difference. At every step of the way, a few quick steps here and there can mean a speedier transaction, more eager customers, and a smoother sales process.
Do you want to make sure your house is ready for potential buyers? Are you looking for a way to make your listing stand out from the crowd? Here are five tried-and-true tactics to explore with your realtor as you prepare to sell your home:
1.) Depersonalize the home
Making it easy for potential homebuyers to imagine themselves in the room is one of the most important things you can do to help your home sell. In other words, you must make it possible for prospective buyers to envision your home as their ideal home.
Most of the time, this will include depersonalizing the room, including removing family pictures, one-of-a-kind pieces of art, sports memorabilia, and so on. You want the house to feel cozy and welcoming, but you also want to make sure that some of your personal preferences don’t turn off potential buyers. Constant reminders of you will make it harder for buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Simultaneously, this could imply making a few minor cosmetic changes, such as repainting in a more neutral color or replacing unusual lighting fixtures or wallpaper with more available and familiar designs.
2.) De-clutter and clean your home
When it comes to getting your home ready for photos and showings, you want it to look its best. As you prepare your home for sale, your listing agent can suggest some basic cleaning and maintenance tasks that will help you present your home in the best light possible.
Decluttering living areas and storage rooms, such as the shed, attic, and any pantries or closets, is a standard measure taken by many sellers. It also helps if you’re getting ready to move out at this stage. This is an excellent time to get rid of unnecessary clutter in every way possible. Decluttering could include:
- Throwing out items you no longer want.
- Donating items to local charities.
- Temporarily storing things so that potential buyers can walk into a clean, inviting room.
This stage of the process is also an excellent time to make your home sparkle as you get rid of excess things. Cleaning the counters and surfaces, cleaning the furniture, washing the windows, and doing an odor search to ensure the house smells clean and fresh are all examples of this. These simple cleaning tasks will go a long way toward ensuring that your home looks great in photos and feels excellent to potential homebuyers.
3.) Make minor updates and fixes
While it may be tempting to overlook minor repairs and upgrades — after all, you are planning to leave the property — tackling a few odd jobs before you put your home on the market can have a significant impact on potential buyers.
If you’ve lived in the house for a year or two or decades, there’s bound to be some wear and tear that you can and should fix as you prepare to sell it. Repainting the walls, removing scuff marks from the concrete, repairing or replacing loose door handles or fixtures, patching up damaged window screens, ensuring that all doors and windows open correctly, and so on are all examples of what this might entail.
Have the funds to make more substantial repairs or improvements but aren’t sure where to put them for your investment’s best return? This is a great topic to discuss with your agent! Houston Premium Home Realtors are hyperlocal specialists who are well-versed in the local industry. Your realtor will help you focus on the improvements, renovations, and projects that will have the most significant effect on your selling, avoiding the “over-upgrade” pit that many sellers fall into.
4.) Investigate The Staging Alternatives
Even the placement of your furniture will make a lot of difference when it comes to attracting buyers. One of the most important things you can do to help elevate your home and make it easier to sell is to talk to your agent about staging.
Depending on your preferences, desires, and budget, there are a variety of staging options available. Staging may include anything from artfully arranging your current furniture to renting showpieces to showcase potential buyers to reimagining space in a new way, such as converting a bedroom into an office.
Whatever staging style you and your agent choose, it could have a massive effect on your home’s selling. According to a recent poll conducted by the National Association of REALTORS, many real estate professionals agree that staging will help speed up a sale, increase the probability of buyers visiting a listing, make it easier for buyers to see themselves in the home, and, in some instances, even bring in higher offers.
5.) Take into account the curb appeal
Many people believe you never get a second chance to make an excellent first impression.
Many buyers will decide whether or not they are interested in a property before ever setting foot inside. Consider taking a few quick steps to improve your listing’s curb appeal to help add a “wow” factor from when a buyer and their broker arrive.
Maintaining your lawn and garden, such as mowing the grass and trimming shrubs, is an essential part of can your home’s curb appeal. In some cases, it can also imply considering a few minor enhancements or cosmetic improvements, as well as considering outdoor staging options such as hanging trees, installing window boxes, forming a dining area in the backyard, and other minor measures to make your home more welcoming both inside and out.
How Houston Premium Homes Makes It Easier to Sell
Selling a house is both an art and a study. The Houston Premium Homes family has earned its reputation as Houston’s Top real estate team by always putting our clients’ interests first and making the sale process simpler to navigate at every step of the way.
Your Houston Premium Homes real estate agent is your trusted advisor and selling specialist and will relieve you of the burden by handling all the people and moving parts to ensure you get the results you want.
Your agent will be there to help you in every phase of the process, from pricing your home to getting it ready to sell, promoting your listing, leading negotiations, and closing the deal. Our full-service approach will transform a complicated, time-consuming operation into a smarter, more streamlined one with in-house mortgage and title services, ensuring that your selling goes as smoothly as possible.