The prime time to sell your house is March- July. With the end of February just days away that means the time is NOW- Below are a handful of things to get you started and some steps to take before putting your home on the market.
- Find a great real estate agent
With over $50 million dollars in sold real estate transactions, The McKellar Group is the perfect choice to sell your most valuable asset. Put your trust in us to sell your home with honesty, dedication and reliability!
- Consider your curb appeal
Make sure the first thing prospective buyers see of your home entices them to want to see more. Yes, for better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. By investing some effort in relatively easy fixes like planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house can beckon them to come on in.
- Declutter living areas
Less is definitely more when it comes to getting your house ready to show. Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards—since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers. And if the house is overflowing with stuff, they might worry that the house won’t have ample space for their own belongings. Take the excess and donate or pack it up for a storage space. The bonus to taking care of this now is that it’s one less chore you’ll have to do when it’s actually time to move.
- Depersonalize your space
The next step on your declutter list? You want to remove any distractions so the buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the property. This includes personal items and family photos, as well as bold artwork and furniture that might make your home less appealing to the general public. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which house hunters can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.
- Repaint walls to neutral tones
You might love that orange accent wall, but if it’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, that could be a turnoff. Pick a neutral color because it’s rare that someone hates it, but the other benefit is that a light color allows buyers to envision what the walls would look like with the color of their choice.
- Touch up any scuff marks
Even if you’re not doing a full-on repainting project, pay special attention to scrubbing and then touching up baseboards, walls, and doors to make the house sparkle and look cared-for.
- Add some plants
Green is good because plants create a more welcoming environment. You might also want to consider a bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or dining table.
- Conduct a smell test
Foul odors, even slight ones, can be a deal breaker, and the problem is that you might not even notice them. Try inviting an unbiased third party in to try to detect any pet smells or lingering odors from your kitchen. If the smells are pervasive, you might need to do some deep cleaning, because many buyers are on to your “masking techniques” such as candles or plug-in room deodorizers.
- Clean, clean, clean
And then clean some more. You want your property to look spotless. Take special care with the bathroom, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.
- Hide valuables
From art to jewelry, make sure that your treasures are out of sight, either locked up or stored offsite.
- Consider staging
Does your house scream 1985? Nothing invigorates a house like some new furnishings or even just a perfectly chosen mirror. The key is getting your home staged by a professional. Home stagers will evaluate the current condition and belongings in your house and determine what elements might raise the bar. They might recommend you buy or rent some items, or they might just reorganize your knickknacks and bookshelves in a whole new (that is, better) way.
One of the many perks of choosing The McKellar Group to assist you in selling / buying your home is that we are always willing to help! From picking paint colors to advice on how to declutter, we are happy to share our expertise! Give us a call today to find out why more people are choosing us! 936-900-7000
Information from Realtor.com