In the current market, the seller is in the lead for the moment. Some homes stand out more due to a beautiful presentation and correct pricing. These homes will sell fast and for near or over the asking price. They are staged, de-cluttered, de-personalized, and clean. In the first two weeks as a new listing, your home is going to attract the largest amount of potential buyers. The first impression is most important because it causes a gut reaction which results in the buyer moving onto the next home or making your home their home. Therefore, it is very important to have your house stand out and shine!
Pack up personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyer’s cannot see past personal artifacts and get distracted with photos. They end up trying to figure out who you are, rather than imagining themselves living in the home.
Almost every home shows better with less furniture and clutter. You want to allow for a natural flow through the home. If furniture blocks a pathway, consider placing it in storage. Large pieces such as bookshelves and dressers also can take up a great deal of room space, making the room appear to be smaller than it actually is. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the purpose of the room and leave plenty of space to move around.
Buyers will open closet and cabinet doors. Having your closets and cabinets neatly organized will make an impression on the buyer that you probably have taken good care of the rest of the home as well.
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the entry is something you cannot part with, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, they won’t want it. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
Homes that are in move-in condition will appeal to a wider group of prospective home buyers. Minor repairs can make your home more attractive and potentially sell your home faster. You can make a few minor repairs that will create major appeal to potential home buyers:
In the home-selling market, curb appeal is the most important first impression. If a potential buyer doesn’t like what they see outside, they might not want to see what’s inside.
View the Preparing to Sell flyer.
Completing the following tasks prior to moving from your sold home will ensure an easy transition.
Hire a moving company; purchase/collect moving supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, newspaper, tape). Helpful Hint: To pack hanging clothes, lay a flat sheet out on the floor and leave clothing on hanger and stack; tie opposite corners together to create an easy knapsack to transport your clothes; upon arriving at new home, untie sheet and hang directly back up!