So where do you start?
How to Prepare Your Home for Sale
It’s time to start looking at your real estate transaction for what it is: a business transaction. In order to get it ready for buyers, you need to separate the emotional value you’ve built into your home from the actual monetary value. That way, you can look at each room (and the whole house) objectively so you know what needs to be done to prepare it for sale.
Step 1: Declutter
Decluttering your home means removing everything that you haven’t used in the past several months. You don’t have to throw it out, sell it, or donate it, but it can’t stay. You may want to look into renting a storage unit until you purchase and move into your next home.
Step 2: Take Down Personal Effects
Family photos and heirlooms shouldn’t be up when you’re selling; it may stop buyers from envisioning themselves living in your space. Leave up neutral décor, but anything that could drive away buyers has to come down.
Step 3: Rearrange Rooms With a Purpose
Make sure the purpose of each room is clear when you walk in. Is that a guest room, a workout room, or a home office? (In reality, it’s probably all three—but buyers only want to see each room with one purpose, so pick one and stick to it!)
Step 4: Clean Up Your Cabinets and Closets
Buyers will open doors, pull out drawers, and peek behind every corner. Make sure what they’re looking at is organized, neat, and clean to give them an overall good impression.
Step 5: Make Minor Repairs
If there’s a leaky faucet, fix it. If there’s a burned-out bulb, replace it with an energy-saving LED. Patch up holes in the walls, replace cracked tiles, and think about painting if you can.
Step 6: Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
Your house should look like a showplace when it’s on the market. It should look like you have a live-in housekeeper, in fact, so you’ll have to vacuum every day (and consider having the carpets professionally cleaned), mop more often than usual, and dust each day, too.
Are You Selling Your Home in Port Aransas or North Padre Island?
If you’re selling your home, we’d love to help you do so quickly and at the right price. We’ll be happy to give you a free comparative market analysis so you know exactly how much your home is worth. While you’re here, you can also download our free home-selling eBook and read our useful tips for selling your home faster.
When you’re ready, call us at 361-563-7788 or contact us online to find out how we can help you sell your home in Port Aransas or North Padre Island.