Preparing a home to sell involves great planning and preparation best carried out in tandem with an experienced realtor who is up-to-date on what buyers want. Agents know that unattended “little” things in a home can make or break a deal as buyers notice chipped paint, clutter, dust bunnies, cracks in the driveway and more. Every seller envisions their home selling quickly for top dollar. While that is certainly the goal for your realtor, it is important to remain realistic and to plan carefully in order to sell your home as quickly as possible for the highest price possible. The process by which you prepare your home can be as simple or as difficult as you’d like to make it. Ultimately, effective preparedness boils down to eight simple steps:
Think about your home through the eyes of a prospective buyer. What appeals most to you and what do you least appreciate? Are you proud of the way your house and lawn look? Does your living room need a fresh coat of paint? Buyers will critique your home in the same way you evaluated your last vehicle prior to purchase. A home is the largest purchase of a lifetime for most people. It stands to reason that they will check out every nook and cranny of your home, offering uninvited criticism. Sellers cannot take the feedback personally and must make adjustments which appeal to buyers to the extent that is possible. Furthermore, your experienced realtor will be with you throughout every step of the selling process and will know how to advise you in order to prepare your home to present as an impressive product for the market which stands out from the competition.