Every seller wants to sell their home quickly and for top dollar. With some careful planning and preparation, you can have buyers scurrying for their checkbook. Here is how to prep your home to sell:
1. Disassociate Yourself With The Home:
- Say to yourself "This is not my home, it is a house" - a product to be sold like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
- Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
- Picture yourself handing over the keys and the necessary paperwork to the new buyers!
- Say goodbye to every room.
- Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.
2. De-personalize: Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past your personal affects and you don't want them to be distracted when touring your home. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?". You want buyers to say "I can see myself living here".
3. De-Clutter! People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: If you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it! If you don't need it, consider donating it.
- Remove all books from bookcases
- Pack up those little knickknacks.- Clean everything off of the kitchen counters.
- Put essential items used daily in a bin that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
4. Rent a Storage Unit: Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them into storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Also remove any furniture that is worn or smells like a furry friend. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room look larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to show the room's purpose. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying "What is this room used for?".
5. Remove/Replace Favorite Items: If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, they won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have it, she will covet it.
6. Make Minor Repairs:
- Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
- Patch holes in walls,
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to bright colors.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
7. Make your Home Sparkle!