Five Important Tips for Listing a Home
Home buying/selling season is in full effect. Every street you drive on seems to have at least one house with a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. There is a lot of prep work that goes into selling your home. This time and effort directly impact how quickly your house will sell along with the time of offer you receive on your home. The process of selling your home can turn into a money consuming venture. That being said, here are a few simple DIY hacks that you need to do before listing your home.
Everything and the Kitchen Sink
It sounds weird to say, but the kitchen is the most important room when it comes to listing your home. Just think how much time you personally spend in your kitchen with your refrigerator door open trying to figure out dinner or looking in a cabinet for a snack. How many parties have you been to where everyone ends up congregating in the kitchen around the food and drinks. Putting time and money into updating your kitchen can directly impact the value of your home. This is where your realtor plays a vital role in your listing. Have your realtor walk through the house and give their opinion on what updates are worth investing time and money into and which ones will not have that much of an impact on the value of your house.
One of the most important things you can do to your home when listing it for sale is making it look as empty as possible. This goes for bedrooms, closets, and storage areas. One of the first things people look at when they enter a home is how spacious it is. The emptier the more spacious and bigger it look. When you declutter your home what you don’t want to do is just shove everything into your closets or basement. The last thing people want to see when they open a closet is a bunch of stuff crammed in there. Renting a storage unit to house the rarely used items in your home is a small expense that pays massive dividends in the long run. Also, by packing away these rarely used items it gives you a jump start on your own packing process when you find your next home and are ready to move.
Depersonalize Your Home
This goes hand in hand with decluttering your home. When people walk through a potential home to purchase they want to be able to picture themselves and their stuff there. The more impersonal you can make your home the better. Taking down pictures can be difficult but seeing an empty wall helps potential buyers envision their own family pictures filling up that space. Once again, use your realtor as a resource as to how to properly stage the house to optimize its potential as much as possible.
I Saw The Light
It sounds silly to state something that sounds pretty obvious but the proper lighting in your home is crucial when staging your home for showings. Change the wattage of your current light bulbs in your home to increase the brightness of your home. Lighting doesn’t just mean the lamps in your home. It includes your windows as well. Remove as many drapes and curtains as possible to use natural sunlight to illuminate your home. Along with that thinking, make sure the interior and exterior of your windows are clean to allow as much light as possible.
Curb Appeal Matters
Exterior photos are always the first thing we saw when we see a listing online. The better the outside of your home looks the more it will pop in those photos. Power washing the outside of your house along with touching up any rough spots with some paint before the photos of your home are taken help to ensure it will have that wow factor in the photos. It is important to keep up the exterior appeal of your home during the listing process. This includes mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and other various yard work activities. Devoted a Saturday morning/afternoon to getting out in the yard and beautifying it is a small price to pay in the long run.