Do These 5 Things Before Selling Your Home

When you are preparing to put your house up for sale, it certainly is difficult to know where or when to begin, especially if this is your first house, and you’ve never put one up for sale before.

However, by following these six tips, you can put a lot of that stress and at ease; not only this, but you may make a few extra dollars for selling your old home sweet home.

With that having been said, here are six critical must do’s before listing your home for sale.

1. Repaint and treat the floors and walls
When listing a house for sale, you can never be too careful, especially if you’re looking to sell the house quickly and for a decent price. In all of my years of Real Estate service, I have never once found a home that wouldn’t benefit from a fresh rug cleaning or re-touching of the paint on the walls, doors, and a relaxing of the floors.

2. Declutter your house and get rid of unnecessary items
Do you want to make your house look more expansive than it is? If the answer is yes, and it should be, you need to start by removing at least a third or up to half of your stuff.

You can do this by putting stuff on the curb, giving it to friends or family or setting up Craiglist ads. This will not only make your home appear cleaner, tidier, more responsibly kept and more expansive, but will get rid of unnecessary items and give you some extra cash on the side, which is always a good thing.

If you don’t feel like cleaning out of half or your possessions, then at least focus on these three main areas; the countertops, the kitchen, and the master bedroom closets, as well as the bedroom itself.

3. Make sure to clean it very well!
Your house should be pristine, and as clean and compact as you can make it. This is very important, as it makes a sticking impression on potential buyers the first time that they see it.

You should clean it as much as you can. Nobody wants to move into someone else’s dirty house, especially if it’s a smelly room. Seriously, don’t sell a smelly house.

When you take pictures, they are going to go viewed on many websites. So get the house clean, cleared of clutter, so when you promote it, you are putting your house in the best light possible. Local search engine marketing companies, like Oxbow, that pick up your site will use the original photos it’s find in the MLS and copy them. Once the photos are copied, you no longer have control over them, so there is no way to update them. Again, clean twice, photograph once.

4. Have it professionally inspected.
While inspection of a new house is something left to the potential buyer, you should have it done anyway, before the listing. Make sure that you also receive a real estate statement from the inspector.

When it is time to sell, having this done is critical to the speed at which you can list and sell the house; it is one less thing you have to pay for, get done and wait on when trying to cash out as quick as possible.

5. Consider a little bit of staging.
If you really want to make the house pop and appeal to someone, you should spend a few hundred dollars on a professional designer and inspector. They can make some suggestions and hook you up with some discounted furniture, wallpaper or upholstery that is relative to the design, layout, and color scheme of your home.

This can and will make a lasting impression on any potential buyers, so if you decide to follow through with it, make sure it’s done well.

That’s it! You should be ready to go with listing and to sell your house now. Remember; upholster, research, clean, refurbish and stage. Those are the five critical things you need to do before listing your house to increase the interest and long term sustainable buyer, whether you are planning on selling or renting the house.

Good luck!