Must-know Tips for Selling a Home: Getting the Property Ready
1. De-clutter the home. Sellers who are still living in homes that potential buyers visit should learn how to live out of a suitcase. If needed, rent a storage unit to hold excess furniture, household goods, clothes, personal effects, and all the other odds and ends that are not crucial to daily living.
2. Hire a professional cleaning service. Once the home is devoid of clutter and excess possessions, a cleaning crew has the tools and manpower to remove the traces of daily living, cooking, playing, raising kids, and keeping Fido or Fluffy. Plan on having the carpets professionally cleaned and re-stretched or repaired, if needed.
3. Selling a home involves staging. Experts at the Sheffield School of Interior Design(1) explain that in addition to keeping the home meticulously clean and clutter-free, sellers must set it up – or “stage" it – with the buyer in mind. This involves the removal or addition of furniture, adding or removing window treatments, and also removing artwork as well as family photos and replacing them with generic but attractive prints.
4. Maximize available closet space. It is insufficient to merely organize the clutter in the closet. Instead, remove about two thirds of a closet’s content to enable the potential buyer to fully appreciate the home’s available storage.
5. Present a turn-key property. Unless a home is sold specifically as a fixer upper, visitors intent on buying a home want it in move-in ready condition. Make minor repairs, patch holes, repaint unsightly walls, redo the caulking job in the bathroom and kitchen, and also oil door hinges. Steady creaking first floor joints by bracing them from beneath the crawl space. Sedgwick County’s K-State Research and Extension Service(2) also urges sellers to replace dripping faucets and cracked wall plates.
6. Landscape to sell. Even though a homeowner may love a jungle in the backyard, those who might be buying a first home only see the potential for backbreaking labor or gardener costs to make room for a lawn. Remove dead plants, prune overgrown trees, plant pretty flowers along walkways and add colored mulch that complements the paint of the home. One word of warning: anyone buying a historical home will prize a bit of overgrown shrubbery in the right circumstances.
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