Selling a home can be difficult in more ways than one. Sellers are often stuck between financial considerations, fluctuating markets, and emotional attachments because after all, it’s still your home. Following these suggestions can help ease the stress:
- Distance yourself and de-personalize the space: This could be the hardest step to take, but it’s absolutely necessary. Pack up your pictures, remove your personal touches. If it’s still uniquely your old home, potential buyers won’t be able to visualize it as their new home.
- Fix what needs fixing: Nobody wants to spend big bucks on a home that needs work. Unless you’re selling the home cheap as a fixer-upper, take care of outstanding issues big or small.
- Have the home inspected: Yes, most buyers will have their own inspection performed, but a professional inspection prior to putting your house on the market can tip you off to problems that could hinder the sale.
- De-clutter the space: Make your home feel as spacious and comfortable as possible by removing all but the basic necessities. Don’t forget to organize your closets, as buyers will likely check them out as well.
- Clean, clean, clean: Not only does a spotless home look better, it also sends a message that it was taken care of by someone who loved their surroundings. Sweep, dust, mop, wax, and don’t forget commonly-overlooked areas like stove vents and ceiling fan blades.
- Go for curb appeal: The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see. Keep the lawn tidy, trim the hedges and around sidewalks, and address any maintenance concerns.
- Dress up the home: Sometimes referred to as “staging”, bringing in flowers, hanging generic pictures, landscaping the front yard and similar efforts can make the house feel warm without being personalized, which can bring potential buyers back for the all-important second look.