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How to prepare your home to sell.

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Every seller wants their home to sell quickly for a large profit, but it takes more than luck to make this happen. It involves careful planning and knowing how to professionally prepare your home to convince buyers to pull out their checkbooks.

Deep Clean Your House – Clean homes are easier to sell, without any shadow of a doubt, so make sure you clean everything, and we mean everything, thoroughly.

This is so vital that you should even consider hiring professionals to deep clean your home if it’s in need of proper attention. Things like carpets, couches, and curtains hold smells that can make or break a viewing, so be sure to do all that you can to make your property shine.

Naturally, you’ll want to eliminate bad smells as a priority – think pet beds, rubbish bins, toilets, carpets, mustiness, etc. – but equally, you don’t want to go overboard with the good ones, either. Subtlety is key.

Depersonalize Your House – Pack up your personal photographs, family heirlooms, and other objects and clutter that might distract potential buyers and hurt a possible sale. You want to present buyers with an impersonal, clean environment so they can imagine the home perhaps decorated with their own photographs, furniture, and art objects. Depersonalizing your home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize how the home might look filled with their own items.

Declutter – Keeping rooms clear of clutter will allow your viewers to concentrate on the space rather than its contents. Key things to remove are day-to-day items such as the ever-growing pile of letters on the sideboard and excessive toiletries from the bathroom. 

Hallways are vitally important as well, as they are the entryway to your home. Be sure to keep them clear of shoes and coats when you’re due to receive viewers.

Go as minimal as you can and you’ll be on the right track.

Remove or Replace Favorite Items – If you plan on taking certain window coverings, built-in appliances, or fixtures with you, remove them prior to showing the house. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great-grandmother, be sure to take it down before a buyer sees it and asks that it be included with the house. Telling a buyer they can’t have an item that appears with the house and enhances its appeal can hurt the sale.

Make Minor Repairs – In some seller’s markets, you can sell a home in lived-in condition without much complaint. But in normal markets or a buyer’s market, repairs can make or break a sale. Replace burned-out light bulbs and also consider replacing those that have been in service for a while. Avoid the potential of having a bulb blow out when you flip the light switch during a showing. It’s a small incident that can easily be avoided if you are mindful. You want the buyer’s experience to be as positive as possible.

Replace cracked floor or counter tiles and patch any holes in the walls. Fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly, as well as kitchen drawers that jam. Consider painting walls in neutral colors, especially if they’re currently hot pink or purple. Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the one with the orange bathroom.”

That’s about it for this home sale preparation checklist, we sincerely hope you found it useful. If you need any other property-related advice or are looking to list your Arizona home for sale, give us a call. 

Reference: https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-prepare-your-house-for-sale-1799018

Jay Bru



Tips for getting your house ready to sell this spring!

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