From family pictures on the walls to end tables stacked with your favorite reading material, your home reflects the person you are. People marketing their home to sell often have difficulty seeing their personal items as potential pitfalls in wooing prospective buyers. The truth is, though, others want to be able to envision the home as their own and not feel they are intruding on someone else’s personal space. Here are a few tips to help you – the seller – prep your home for the next occupant:
- Remove personal photos from the walls and furniture.
- Clear tables and countertops – putting away unnecessary knick knacks and appliances.
- Deep clean your kitchen – countertops, cabinets and large appliances.
- Declutter again. This includes closets. A big turnoff to potential buyers can be closets that feel completely crammed full of things.
- Consider storing or selling any unnecessary furniture. You want the space in your home to be as open and easy to navigate as possible.
- Touch up paint throughout the house.
- Make sure your bathrooms are bright and clean.
- If you have children, pick up and put away or store as many toys as you are able. Not everyone has children, and, again, the goal is to appeal to the buyer.
- Pet owners should rid their home of any pet hair, odor, stains, etc. and consider either boarding them or taking them out for the day during an open house or showing.
- Clean your floors and carpet.
- Try to make your yard and entrance area as appealing and clean as possible.
- Ask your realtor or someone with fresh eyes to walk through your home and make suggestions.
If this feels completely overwhelming to you, consider hiring a company or individual to either stage your home or help you in the process. While this may seem unnecessary, every week that your home sits on the market is another week you are paying to stay there. Investing some money up front to make your home as marketable as possible can pay off in a quicker sale at a potentially higher yield.