Prepping your home for sale

It is always a tad overwhelming when you are gearing up to sale your home, especially now with these trying times during a Pandemic. Have no fear–we can help remove some of the stress of listing your home by following the proper steps in keeping EVERYONE safe. We use gloves, booties, hand sanitizer and make sure to educate the other Realtors to use these safety precautions while showing your home. Wipe down anything touched and be the only person opening and closing doors really helps to minimize the risk. So, what is next?

Decluttering and “the less is more” scenario is the hardest part to wrap your head around. You spend so much time making this house a home and now you have to allow others to see their own belongings and photos hanging on the walls! Have no fear–it will all be worth the stress of packing up those items when you get your first offer and move into contract!! That is why we are here is help you with that. Here is a lengthy but worth the read article about how this is done:

Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home’s lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.

Clean the outside. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you’ve slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home’s siding.

Make repairs. In a buyer’s market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.

Make the front door inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.

Buy a new welcome mat. Let buyers know they’re invited into your home.

Remove clutter and depersonalize. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items.

Organize closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn’t have enough storage space.

Make every surface shine. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.

Take color down a notch. You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.

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