Putting the time and effort into your home before the sale will bring significant financial benefits to the closing table. Preparing your home for sale will make the home more attractive to potential buyers and often result in a higher purchase price. In fact, if you do it the right way, the potential return could be more than $400 for every $100 invested.
By following the six recommendations below, you’ll be on your way to offering the perfect home to a potential buyer:
- Curb appeal. Perhaps the most important seven seconds of the show is the “Car Curb” rally, which sets the tone for the rest of the show. If potential clients withdraw into a house that looks messy and shaggy, with dead plants, clutter and dirt, they will walk into the house with negative preconceptions. Stand in front of your house and take a closer look. What should be cleaned, painted, trimmed, or lit? Clean driveway, walkway, roof or patio with pressure; trim or add shrubs, flowers and greenery; exchange your mailbox; to organize; changing light bulbs; umbrellas and open patio umbrellas; And maybe add a new welcome mat. Make potential buyers want to enter your home. While the positive curb appeal can lead buyers to overlook negatives during a show, a negative mindset will cause them to point out.
- Cleaning. Scrub the house until it sparkles. This is especially true for kitchens and bathrooms. Treat grout, dirt, grease, hard water stains, and mildew. Then reassemble, paint, and possibly replace the blinds. Make it look like new.
- Get rid of the clutter. Clear your counters, furniture, and tables of knick-knacks, portraits, and all the “things” you might not see anymore. Hide trash cans, replace light bulbs, and avoid soap and shampoo. Minimize furniture by putting a few items in storage. A clutter-free environment along with fewer furniture will open up the floor plan and increase the space. The less obstruction, the larger the room will appear.
- Cabinets and cupboards. Less is more! Donate what you don’t need, neatly arrange everything you do. Consider matching baskets, fabric boxes, shoe racks, and other storage ideas. Homebuyers love their wardrobe space, so show it off.
- Pets. Deep clean your pet’s area so that it is clean and odor free. Wash and place smelly pet beds, crates, toys, and litter boxes when potential buyers fall and never do. Make it appear in the sales photos.
- Calm and welcoming. Amplify the lighting. Open all blinds. Light your stove. Update with paint, especially baseboards. Burn a lightly scented candle or bake a batch of cookies. Make your home a must-have place for buyers.
The time you spend working on your home furnishing is worth it. It helps create a state of mind for buyers that is often overlooked. You will sell your home faster and hopefully create a multi-display scenario that puts you in the driving seat.
Whitney Dutton is the owner of The Dutton Group @ Re/Max First, a full-service residential real estate group, in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-440-2333 or send an email [email protected].