There are quite a few easy and small improvements you can do to make your home more memorable to buyers and appealing before you put it on the market to sell. You may not realize it, but it’s the little things that can make all the difference when getting your home ready to market. Traditions Realty would like to provide you with these tips for getting your home ready to sell.
Get Your Home Ready to Sell
Get a Buyer’s Perspective
Before you put your home on the market, consider attending a few open houses in your area. Make note of what you noticed, what you liked and didn’t like about each house as it was presented for sales. This will enable you to see your own home from a Buyer’s point of view.
Over the years, most homes collect an excess of furniture, knick knacks, and general “stuff.” Set aside time to go through each room and declutter. The point being to remove as many personal items and space taking items as possible. Not only does decluttering make the house seem more spacious and allow Buyers to imagine themselves in it, it makes your job of moving much easier! A great way to do this is to create four piles, one for “Toss It” one for “Give It Away” one for “Sell It” and one for “Put It in Storage”.
Organize the Closet
A messy, stuffed closet can be an instant turn off to a potential home Buyer. Not only is it an eyesore, it could make potential Buyers worry there is not enough closet space even if there is. Consider taking the time to upgrade and organize closets with wall shelves, shoe shelves, hangers, and bins. For added impact, organize clothes by type and color.
Garages are for Cars
These days it is not uncommon to use our garages as an extra storage room and leave the cars outside. Use your Home Declutter System in the garage to create some space. You could even give your garage an upgrade by installing overhead or wall shelves to store bikes or sporting equipment. Show potential Buyers it’s a spacious place to store items and park cars.
The first thing potential Buyers smell when they first walk in is very important. They will remember your home if it smells wonderful, and certainly remember it if it does not. We become acclimated to the smell of our home over time so we are unaware that other people can immediately smell things such as cigarette smoke, pet odors, trash not taken out, mildew, etc… Cleaning and repainting your rooms, walls, and carpets will help the most, but you may want to also incorporate a few extra options. Baking a fresh batch of cookies is an old favorite. Scented candles and oils are also an effective choice. Choose mild scents such as vanilla or lavender as opposed to spicy or heavy floral scents.
Harsh lighting can make even the smallest flaw visible to potential Buyers, not to mention give them a headache! Consider swapping out your bright light bulbs for ones with a soft wattage. Look for bulbs that emit yellow or red-toned hues.
Since windows accumulate dirt over time, you may not notice if they have become dingy. Make a point to have your windows professionally washed, or if you are able, wash them yourself from both inside and out. Freshly cleaned windows let in more light and make rooms brighter. This is one detail potential Buyers will notice if it isn’t done.
Out of date or dirty accessories can make your home look dumpy. Make your home look fresher and cleaner with simple improvements such as new switch plates, outlet covers, and door hinges. Remove minor spots and scuffs on walls or if necessary, make them look new with a fresh coat of paint.
People Are Curious
Potential Buyers may be curious about bathroom cabinet space, or what you have inside it. Either way, you should be prepared for strangers to open your fridge, look in your medicine cabinet, and inspect under your sinks. Make sure to clean and organize these areas as well as remove any personal items you wouldn’t want anyone else to see.
You will want potential Buyers to feel welcome even before they get inside your home. Getting a new doormat, scrubbing the front door, and pressure washing your driveway will be worth the effort. If your home needs it, a fresh coat of paint may do the trick. Consider updating your house numbers or getting a new porch light. Remember to keep the lawn mowed, shrubs trimmed, and gardens weeded.
Looking to sell your Jacksonville home? Contact our Traditions Realty agents online or at (904) 683.5230 today!