16 Apr 6 Steps to Getting Your House Ready to Sell
Are you selling your house? There’s plenty to do before you put up a listing. Your goal should be to make the house feel like home, while also removing the personal elements that could make potential buyers feel out of place. People who view your house should be able to see themselves living there!
Follow these 6 steps to get your house ready to sell:
- Clean your home inside and out.
- Remove any fixtures or appliances you want to keep.
- Touch-up the paint.
- Declutter your entire home.
- Take care of any minor repairs.
- Spruce up your curb appeal.
Step 1: Clean your home inside and out.
No one wants to buy a dirty house. Tackle your home one room at a time and stick to a daily cleaning routine while your house is listed for sale to keep it looking great during each showing and open house.
- Consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to deep clean your carpets.
- Have you gotten “nose blindness” to some of the lingering odors? Ask a friend to be honest about what you might be missing!
- Clean up your kids’ toys and anything else which can make a room feel cluttered.
- Keep surfaces clear and stay on top of the dishes and laundry.
Tip: Make a habit of making sure your house is “show ready” every time you leave. You never know when your realtor might line up a showing at the last minute!
Step 2: Remove anything you want to keep.
Appliances, window treatments, light fixtures, and anything else you intend to take with you should be removed from the house before you start trying to sell your home. It could be a dealbreaker if a potential homebuyer finds out the gorgeous antique chandelier isn’t part of the deal, but they won’t want what they don’t see!
Step 3: Touch-up the paint.
A fresh coat of paint can make your rooms, cabinets, and trim look like new. Don’t forget to neutralize your house with white, grey, and beige tones on the walls. Although paint colors are a quick fix, certain extra bright or bold colors on the walls might turn away potential buyers.
Step 4: Declutter and de-personalize.
Anyone who visits your house should be able to imagine themselves living there, which is hard to do when the house has so many personal touches. You’ve spent years making your house a home, but now it’s time to think of your house as someone else’s. Remove any knickknacks, family photos, and other personal items from each room in the house. Now is a great time to have a yard sale!
Tip: Consider renting a storage unit to store personal items and anything else that isn’t necessary to keep in the house, such as holiday decorations, extra clothes, etc. Think of it as prep work for when you have to start packing to move!
Step 5: Take care of any minor repairs.
Leaky faucets, cracked tiles, and that one light switch which doesn’t seem to connect to anything… these minor issues can add up to a “no” from potential buyers. Patch up any holes in the walls, replace burnt out lightbulbs, and fix any cabinet doors that don’t close correctly. Your realtor will be able to help you identify anything else that needs to be repaired.
Step 6: Spruce up your curb appeal.
Step outside and take a good look at your house. Is it inviting? Does it look like a place you’d want to go inside? Make sure your yard is in good shape and consider adding flowers and low-maintenance shrubs. Repaint faded shutters and make sure your front door is in good repair.
Selling your house may seem like a lot of work, but these six easy steps will help you sell faster and get the best deal. If you’re selling your house in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, or surrounding areas, contact Chrystal Yates Real Estate at 336-399-3873. I will be happy to give you a more personalized analysis of what needs to be done to your specific home!