When preparing to sell your house, there are numerous steps to take before your house is considered ready to list on the market. Every buyer has their own checklist when it comes to what they’re looking for in a home. However, there are a few common items that many people are looking for.
As you begin the process of prepping your home to sell, there are a few simple adjustments you can make that will help your home create the best first impression on homebuyers. Ensuring your home is prepped and ready to sell will make your selling process go as smoothly as possible. In terms of making necessary alterations to your home, let us help guide you with some tips and tricks that can transform your space.
#1: Focus on Your Kitchen
The kitchen is arguably the most important selling point of a house, so it is vital that you are giving it the necessary TLC before beginning the selling process. You may want to consider putting some extra money into remodeling this crucial space because the better it looks, the better chance you have of making this money back.
Some of the most important updates you can make are on countertops and cabinets. If a buyer sees these features as dated, they may try to shave a few thousand dollars off the asking price. If you find yourself in a pinch financially and time-wise, some simpler renovations include updating the cabinet hardware and painting. As a general rule of thumb for preparing your house to sell, always lean towards a neutral color. This will help the buyer to be able to visualize their own unique style in the house.
#2: First Impressions Are Everything
You may have heard of the term curb appeal, but chances are, you may not be thinking about just how important this concept is to getting your home sold. When buyers are viewing your house, you typically do not get a second chance to make a first impression. Because of this, it is important that your house makes the buyer feel “at home”. An inexpensive way to do this is to utilize greenery and flowers outside your house. This can make your home feel welcoming and alive. If you want to go for a more simple approach, always make sure your lawn is in tip top shape.
In terms of the interior of your house, take the extra step to make sure your home has that inviting feeling when the potential buyer walks in. Try lighting candles or baking something in the oven. Scents can often remind people of a cozy, appealing home. The better a buyer feels in your home, the better your odds are of making that sale.
#3: Use Lighting to Your Advantage
In the home buying world, lighting is one of those make-or-break kind of qualities that buyers look at. The good news is, adjusting the lighting is the easiest way you can boost your home’s appearance and allow the buyer to accurately see the features in your home. If necessary, remove drapery and open blinds to optimize the natural light your home receives. This can draw the buyer’s attention to windows in your home which can be a prime selling point for some. Another cheap and easy selling “hack” is to increase the wattage in light bulbs throughout your space to give the buyer the impression of maximum light.
#4: Always Be Prepared
One of the more difficult aspects of selling a home is having your realtor show the property. While some home buyers will schedule showings multiple days in advance, others may only give a few hours notice. So, you never really know when someone will want to drop in and take a look at the house. Because of this, you should always be prepared for someone to want to view your home. The best way to ensure your home is always looking its best is to keep it clean. This means putting dishes away, keeping the floors clean and dust-free, and ensuring counter space is clear and tidy. Devoting time to these extra little steps each day will make a big difference in the time it takes to sell your home.
#5: Maximize Storage Space
Another quality you can almost guarantee will be on any buyer’s list is an abundance of storage. So, when preparing your home to be shown to potential buyers, it’s important to give the buyer the impression that your home has plenty of space for storage. Though it may take some extra effort on your part, making sure that your pantries, cabinets, and closets look spacious will make all the difference. To maximize the look of these spaces, take out any personal items and anything that adds clutter. Removing these items will help give the appearance of an open space that is neat and tidy. This will give the effect of optimum storage, and quality homes can never have enough storage.
How Holland Homes Sales Can Help
At Holland Homes Sales, we have experience on both sides of the real estate process. We are aware that selling your home and buying a new one simultaneously can be a difficult process that may present several obstacles. We would be happy to assist you in the process of listing your home so we can help you through any issues that may come with this process. Contact us today if you are looking for assistance when selling your home.