It’s time for a fresh beginning and a new home, but in the meantime, you need to pass your current home into new hands. Getting your house ready to sell might seem like a mammoth task with a lot of details to cover, but once you break it down into smaller steps, it’s much more manageable than you might have originally thought.
We all know that spending any amount of time living in one space means gradually accumulating a surprising amount of clutter. This can be multiplied by every other member of your household, so if you’ve got a big family, this step is doubly important! It’s never too early to get a head start on clearing out some of the old items that you won’t be taking with you to your new home, so make time now to start sorting out your treasured items from your less-prized junk.
Address Any Long-Standing Issues
Once you’ve got a bit more space to work with and you know what you will and will not be keeping, it’s time to get into some more of the nitty-gritty details of your home. If you’ve had any long-standing problems, like broken roof tiles, leaks, or a pest problem, that need to be sorted out, then now is the time to work a professional opinion into the equation. Look for a handyman or specialist, like a residential pest control company, who can help you out well before you start any public showings of your home.
Switch to Neutral Decor
Once your house is back in tip-top shape and in full working order, you can address the actual aesthetics of your spaces. Anyone coming to a viewing should be able to imagine what your home might look like if it was their own. To help them do so, try and reduce any decor choices that might alienate them, like bright colors or statement pieces. Keep your decor and furniture selections as neutral as possible, as if it is a blank canvas for them to create their own perfect home upon.
As you’re getting closer to scheduling showings, it’s always a good idea to quite literally polish up your house with a deep clean. Hire a cleaning crew for a truly professional job, and pressure washing is a real must for any outside areas, like patios or paved areas. You’d be amazed at the difference you’ll see in stones that might not have appeared dirty at first glance, but actually had years of grime ground into them.
Snap the Best Angle
Now that your home is looking its best and brightest for any potential buyers, it’s the perfect time to catch your house in the best light. If you’re not a photography whizz yourself, consider hiring a professional photographer to make sure the first impression of your property makes a splash.
Showcase the Best of the Best
The final step is to plan an optimal tour for when visitors start flocking to your now-stunning home. Make a list of your home’s best and most unique features and plan a tour around them. Your property agent will likely be able to help with this, but no one knows your home better than you. Is there anything you’ve especially enjoyed during your time living there? Make sure any prospective buyers know about these nuances so they can see all the top features that your home has to offer.
And there you have it! Now your well-loved home has the best possible chance of finding its future owners, and you have the best possible chance of getting a great sale price for it. Win-win!