Whether the reason for moving is financial, downsizing or a job transfer out of state the task of selling your home is very difficult. However, there are many things you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers and relieve some of that stress.
Let’s be honest we all want to get the asking price or more if possible. Doing so takes some prep work and planning to achieve. Be sure to talk to your realtor and get started early. Most of the time all your realtor will recommend some tips to better stage your home such as clean up and declutter.
To kick things off it’s best to pack up and remove personal items such as family photos, heirlooms and knickknacks. Box up the kid’s toys. Empty the closets and clear off any counter-tops. Put your mail away inside a drawer. Organize your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Basically, clean out and only keep the things you need daily or weekly in your home. You want potential buyers to have the ability to imagine themselves in your home and it cannot be cluttered with stuff.
So, what do you do with all the things you just packed away and you’re not really sure you want to get rid of? You can’t keep it in the house. Have you considered renting a storage unit for all of those excess boxes and large furniture you can live without for just a few months. If you need supplies for packing you can purchase high-quality boxes of different sizes and types along with tape and much more inside our rental office. Our boxes are very durable, heavy duty and will last for long periods of time while in storage.
Potential buyers are looking for cleanliness. You should do a thorough cleaning to make your home look and smell good. Wash the inside and outside of your windows. Bleach dingy grout, you won’t believe the difference. Make sure your refrigerator and stove are clean inside and out. Wax your hardwood floors and dust and polish the furniture. You should also rearrange your furniture to make it look cozy and welcoming. For example, arrange coffee tables, sofas or love-seats in a conversational group setting. Don’t forget less is more! Clean toilets, tubs, sinks and showers. Empty trash cans and vacuum carpets.
If you have pets maybe make arrangements to have your pets stay with friends or family during each showing and open house. Be sure to remove your pet’s dishes, crates, leashes and toys during those times as well. We all know that Charlie loves Fluffy Meowington, but no one else wants to see the dirty beat up old cat toy. Plus removing your cat, dog or snake from the house prevents them from escaping through the front door or being a nuisance while strangers are in your house. The last thing you want is your pet lashing out in fear.
Next, take look around inside and check for any maintenance and repairs that need to be done, and even just some “chores” to get your home in top form:
- Replace any burnt out light bulbs. You can replace them with higher wattage bulbs or LEDs. It will give your home a warm, comfortable feeling.
- Check your flooring. Making sure there are no cracked or broken tiles in the kitchen or bathroom. Repair or replace any hardwood floor planks that are scratched. Vacuum the carpet and stairs.
- Maybe change the front panel to your dishwasher. It’s an inexpensive fix and can make it look like new. Empty the dishwasher or at least run it so the dishes inside are clean.
- Patch any holes in the walls that are visible.
- A fresh coat of paint throughout can make a world of difference, especially if it’s been years since you painted last. Be sure to use a light neutral color, nothing too bold.
- Clean the curtains, blinds and shades. Then open all of them up to let in the natural light.
You should also look around outside. Are their cracks in the sidewalks or walkways? Check the fence for loose or broken slats. Give the shutters a fresh coat of paint. Is the lawn cut and manicured? Make sure all bushes and shrubs are trimmed and clear flower beds of weeds. Make sure your property is trash and debris free. Treat it like your very particular in-laws are coming for a visit! Make it as clean and pristine as you can.
Use these handy tips and you may be surprised how fast you will sell your home for your asking price! And remember, use your storage unit to move all the extra items out of the home and make it more appealing and inviting. If you have any questions about using your storage unit to stage your home for sale, please contact us or reach out to our knowledgeable property manager. And, if you are ready to start cleaning out today, you can rent a storage unit online 24/7 and get your home listed!