Living in your home and preparing it for sale are two entirely different things.
Your chances of achieving a top-dollar sale are largely dependent upon making your home appealing to prospective buyers.
Homes in pristine, move-in condition always command higher prices than those that need work.
Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare your home for a top-dollar sale.
Remove The Clutter
This is almost always my #1 recommendation when listing a home.
Go through your home with a critical eye and put away everything that creates visual clutter.
This often means putting away small kitchen appliances, the kids’ toys, refrigerator magnets/to do lists, and other items that cause visual distraction.
If your home and garage are crammed with too much “stuff”, you may want to consider renting a storage unit and removing your excess possessions.
Less clutter will create a better viewing experience for prospective buyers.
Scrub and Clean
Look at your home, inside and out, with a critical eye toward dirty windows, fingerprints and smudges around light switches, dirt in window frames, etc.
Identify those areas needing attention and get out the Formula 409™.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned if they need it.
Eliminate offensive pet odors.
That doesn’t mean getting rid of Fluffy or Rover, but do whatever you must to avoid turning off buyers who aren’t fond of your pet odors.
Most homes, unless they are almost new, can benefit from paint touch-up around the doors, windows, and other trim areas.
How about the front door? The old saying “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” must have been coined for front doors!
A little paint often goes a long way toward making a home more appealing.
Be Prepared For Showings
Unfortunately, showings can happen at a moment’s notice.
Therefore, your home should be kept in showing condition at all times.
This means beds should be made, clothes hung in the closet, landscaping kept trimmed, etc.