Preparing to sell your home is an emotional time. We hope the move you’re about to make is full of excitement and anticipation, and we’d like to make selling your current home an absolute breeze.
1. IT’S NOTHING PERSONAL
Your identity and family legacy is plastered all over your home. It’s normal…but it is not okay for staging.
Go through your home room by room and stow away the following items:
From removing magnets and artwork from the refrigerator to cleaning up that hall closet, preparing to sell your home is labor-intensive. Thankfully, we have a few more tasks that won’t take much of your time.
This includes removing kids’ names from bedroom walls, tucking away personal notes, schedules, calendars, and hiding those well-loved toys or blankets. Don’t forget to wipe down the chalkboards in your kitchen, the white boards in your office, and any other place you’d normally put an announcement.
2. NOT TO THE TIME TO DISPLAY YOUR COLLECTIONS
If you or someone in your home loves to collect a certain item, you will need to carefully package those items and place them out of sight. (They’ll need to be packed up for moving day, anyway.)
For many potential buyers, large collections of figurines, antiques, or other pieces can dissuade them from being interested in your home. While their brain knows they wouldn’t be left with your collections if they bought the house, the emotional side of them may want to steer them in a different, less overwhelming direction.
Play it safe and keep your personal collections a secret.
3. AIM FOR SQUEAKY CLEAN SPACES
Cleanliness is key to attracting motivated home buyers. Either dive into a deep clean or hire a cleaning company to do the following:
Vacuum all carpet and rugs
Steam clean all hardwood floors
Wipe down walls, ceilings, and corners
Dust ledges and shelves
Polish, dust, or vacuum furniture
Sanitize the interior and exterior of all appliances
Scrub showers, tubs, toilets, and sinks
Clean all mirrors
Not sure if you have time for this? Simply reach out. We can help you prepare or refer you to one of our trusted vendors.
The exterior matters, too.
Before putting your home on the market, take a hard look at your front door, the landscaping, and the porch (if you have one). What needs to be repainted or repaired? Addressing those updates prior to listing your home can make all the difference in how soon your home attracts potential buyers.
Deal with carpet stains.
You aren’t sure what it is, but you know it’s been there forever. (Ugh!) Now is the time to invest in a carpet cleaner or effective stain remover. If the stains are impossible to remove, consider replacing the carpet. (Don’t worry, carpet is the most affordable floor covering you can buy.)