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Are you planning on selling your home? If yes, then it’s time to put your marketing cap on and get your home ready for sale. Ready for Sale? Yes! There are a lot of things that you need to do before planting a “For Sale” board in front of your house specifically if you want to sell it at the highest possible price. Here are some must-do things that need to be checked off before you put your house up for sale:
1. Declutter and organize.
You need to make your house more presentable when a potential buyer comes for a visit. Therefore, all visible areas should be tidy and organized. From window sills to counters and tables, everything needs to be properly cleaned. You don’t want unnecessary items scattered on the rug or table. If your house is cram-full of stuff, the buyer might think that the house is not roomy enough and this can impact their decision. Make your house as organized and decluttered as possible before showing it to a potential buyer.
2. Work on your curb appeal.
You need to win the buyers before they even step inside the house. Buyers don’t really follow the advice of not judging the book by its cover. So, here’s what you need to know: to attract potential buyers, you need to inspire them to schedule a visit. The only way to do that is to make your exterior look as attractive as possible.
3. Make the walls light-toned.
The color that is your most favorite may be the least favorite of your potential buyer. But, you can never know what your potential buyer does or does not like. Therefore, you should be going safe. Repainting all walls to neutral tones is the safest option. Even if your potential buyer likes dark-colored walls, light-toned walls make it easier for them to envision the walls with whatever color they want.
4. Remove your personal stuff.
Decluttering is not enough. At times, you need to depersonalize too i.e. remove anything that makes the house seem like “your” house. You need to help buyers picture themselves living in the property. If the place looks too personalized, their visualization may not be vivid enough to convince them to buy the house.
5. Work on small details.
Homebuyers are very meticulous and you need to be equally meticulous to impress them. You don’t have to completely renovate your house. That will cost a lot. However, what you can do is get rid of any blemishes that might repel your potential buyers. From scuff marks to detached handles, you need to fix everything so that your house sparkles when a potential buyer visits.
6. Get a real estate agent.
People tend to avoid a real estate agent to save the commission that the agent takes. However, the risks of not getting an agent outweigh the monetary benefit of keeping the commission. A real estate agent knows the market and can help you navigate all regulatory and legal requirements associated with selling your house.