While selling a home is often associated with an exciting new chapter in one’s life, it isn’t without its challenges. Between clearing out old items, wrapping up last minute projects, and giving the house a face-lift, it’s easy to lose track of essential tasks before the deadline. To help you dominate the real estate market, RE/MAX Homes & Hills Realty shares three steps to prioritize in the process.
What to Do Before Putting a House Up for Sale
1. Declutter & Neutralize the Space
Selling a home is a lot easier to accomplish with a fresh, clean, clutter-free space. Start by setting aside any unwanted or unnecessary items to donate or dispose of. If uncertain, consider whether you’ve used it over the past year; if not, it’s likely just taking up space.
Once everything is sorted, neutralize the space by removing personal photographs and family heirlooms, as they can distract or even turn off potential buyers. The goal is to create a blank canvas in which individuals envision their new life and home.
2. Take Care of DIY Repairs
Unfinished home improvement projects can turn off prospective buyers. Unless they’re specifically looking for a fixer-upper, most people perceive the state of these rooms as sloppy and worry that they’ll inherit costly repairs upon moving in.
Instead, wrap up any ongoing projects before people come to view the house. Fix leaky faucets and running toilets, replace caulking in the bathroom, repair any cracked or broken windows, and freshen up the wall paint with a neutral and universally-pleasing color that complements the home.
3. Focus on Curb Appeal
If you charm buyers with the outside of your home, they’ll be more inclined to welcome the rest. Focus on curb appeal factors like landscaping by trimming bushes, shrubs, and trees, and aim for an attractive, well-manicured lawn.
Depending on the season, consider purchasing some pots of annuals or sprucing up the gardening. Add fairy lights around the trees or lights along the walkway for added ambiance.
If you need help selling a home, turn to RE/MAX Homes & Hills Realty in Black River Falls, WI. With 16 years of industry experience, this full-service real estate company helps clients with everything from navigating a challenging home buying market to complicated foreclosures. To speak with agent Jim Haldeman about placing your house on the market, call today at (715) 284-0610. Visit the website for more information about his expertise and how he can assist.