Selling a house can be a daunting process. There is so much to consider and you might be unsure where to start. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are six secrets you’ll want to know as you start preparing to sell your house.
Depersonalize Your Home
When someone is looking to buy a house, they want to be able to see themselves living in it. Having pictures of you on vacation with your family or of your children at a soccer tournament will make it harder for them to be able to paint that picture.
Think of it as early packing. Depersonalize your house by packing away your framed photos, any of your kid’s drawings you may have hung on the refrigerator, and any other personalized memorabilia that could take away from the buyer’s experience.
Repairs and Renovations
Investing in various repairs and renovations for your home could easily add several thousands of dollars to the value of the house. If you have dated wallpaper, think about switching it up for a welcoming, bright shade of gray. If the rug looks like a carpet cleaner wouldn’t even do the trick, maybe think about replacing it with wood floors. Even things like broken doorknobs or leaky faucets should all be looked at before getting ready to set up your open house.
Bigger projects like roof repairs or window replacements won’t be an endeavor you’ll want to take on your own. Make sure you’re hiring a professional who knows what they’re doing. That way, you won’t be making even more work for yourself in the near future.
Remove the Clutter and Keep It Clean
It’s been proven that the more clutter is in your line of vision, the more you’ll be distracted. Say a potential buyer comes to take a look through the house. There are toys around the room and excess furniture that seem to make the room feel congested. Take some time to do a thorough cleaning and remove any unnecessary pieces that make the room feel smaller.
Get Professional Photography Done
Most people are searching online for homes to buy. With an online real estate listing, the price and the photos are the first things people are seeing. A professional photographer knows how to take pictures of the room to make it feel larger and brighter, giving it an appeal that others would want. They’ll fall in love with the house before they even step foot inside.
Set Up Your Entryway
When someone enters your home, they’ll be wondering if that could be the front door they walk through for the next chapter of their lives. Buyers are making decisions about your house even within the first few seconds of stepping through your entryway.
Hire an Expert
If you are not sure about the real estate process, it might be best to hire an expert realtor. They can make sure that your listing is put on all of the proper online channels and can help set up showings so you have more time to focus on the things you need to accomplish like finding your own home, packing, and getting ready for your move.
Make sure you’re doing your due diligence when hiring an agent to represent your home. They more than likely will also be the ones who will help you in finding your next home, too. Do your research by looking at their reviews and checking out their LinkedIn profiles online.
This is an exciting time in your life as you get ready to move into a new house. It’s a chance to start fresh for whatever is to come next. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers when it comes to selling your house. There are experts who can help from renovations to staging and selling. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone.