By Aris Knitter, real estate agent with Aris Knitter Homes, Five Star Real Estate Lakeshore
Are you thinking of selling your house? Here are a few quick tips on preparing your home and getting ready to list it.
Stash your stuff
I can’t stress this enough. Potential buyers know that you are living in your home, however, they need to be able to see the space in your home, and envision their things in the home. Pack up the knickknacks, clear off the kitchen counters and thin out the items in your closet. If you don’t have the space to store these items in totes in your home, consider renting a storage unit.
Once you’ve decluttered, you’re well on your way to being able to organize closets and cupboards. Potential buyers will be opening doors and cupboards. Buyers will be looking for what kind of storage space the home has to offer; show yours off. If there is anything you don’t want to be seen, be sure to hide it away.
Simple and quick fixes can go a long way. You don’t want to spend time or money on costly updates or projects that you will likely not see the money back from. Instead, do updates and fixes that will pay off. Do your walls need any patching? Do you have missing cabinet handles? Any drawers or closet doors off track? Fix the leaky faucet that has been stuck on your to-do list. This will keep potential buyers from picking at small items and looking for bigger potential issues.
Breath of fresh air
Do you have pets? Have a flair for cooking that leaves lingering odors? Unfortunately, not everyone is a pet lover and those odors can turn potential buyers away from your home. Consider cleaning the carpets. Add an air freshener with a light scent — nothing too overpowering. Prior to showings, hide the pet toys, food bowls and any other items you can. Crack a window for some fresh air for a little while if you can.
Make it sparkle
Giving the whole house a deep clean is so important. A clean space gives the buyer a feeling that the home has been well-cared for. Clean the ceiling fans down to the baseboards and everything in between. Be sure to clear out all of the cobwebs. If this sounds overwhelming, consider hiring someone to do the deep-cleaning for you.
Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Make your home as welcoming and inviting as you can to potential buyers. This list can get you started in the process. If you have specific questions, be sure to ask your real estate agent.
Aris Knitter Homes,
Five Star Real Estate Lakeshore