How to prepare your home for sale

You’ve decided to sell your home. Regardless of the reason for selling your home, what can you do to prepare your home for sale to help ensure you get the best offer possible? It may take a little prep work but there are things that you can do to help.

When home buyers come to view your home they are likely to look at everything. Home buyers tend to have certain amenities on their checklist. While you can’t control your home’s location there are things you may be able to spruce up, repair or add to help with selling your home.

The most common preparation is on the exterior of your home. Make sure the grass is cut, weeds removed, trees trimmed and any flowerbeds are fresh. Your windows are a great feature whether you have a lot or just a few. Be sure they are cleaned and streak free. You may even want to hire a company to power wash the windows and your home’s exterior. When a home buyer pulls up to your home, a great curb appeal can go a long way in impressing your buyer. You will want the home to look well-kept and inviting.

Unsteady door handles or doors and windows can cause a buyer to think there may be additional repairs needed in a home. Avoid those thoughts by making these minor repairs prior to putting your home on the market. There are many home improvements that you can do in one day. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to freshen up a space. A small investment in a can or two of paint could reap many benefits. Have your roof and heating & cooling units inspected. Find out now if there are issues large or small that need to be addressed. A home buyer will find these things in their home inspection. It’s best to know in advance. You can then weigh whether or not you will correct them or try to sell your home as is. If there are items that need costly repairs, you may want to consider your tax refund as an option to fund these repairs, if one is available to you.

Once the major work is out of the way you can focus on the minor areas. De-clutter your home. You would be amazed as you go through your home how much you have accumulated during your time there. Try to minimize the amount of knick-knacks on display. Are your rooms crowded with furniture? If so, you may want to remove some to open up the space. A small storage unit might come in handy during the time you have your home on the market. Use it to store your extra furniture, clothes and miscellaneous items you want to remove from the home. If you have a smaller space, now is the time to incorporate some ideas to make it seem bigger. Smaller homes are currently sought out by home buyers. However, you want them to see your small home as functional as well as economical.

A little bit of cleaning can make a big difference.
A little bit of cleaning can make a big difference.

Closet space is usually high on a home buyer’s list. Go through your closets. Remove any items you don’t use on a regular basis. Perhaps put them in the storage unit. Make sure the clothes, shoes and any other items you have are organized. An organized closet can help the buyer visualize the closet’s potential.

Lastly, make the interior shine! Dust, polish and clean everything from the sinks to floors. Chrome faucets should shine and be spot free. Clean the grout in the bathrooms. Vacuum the rugs. Get any pet odors out of the home. You may even want to hire a professional cleaning service to do a detailed cleaning. Be sure to upkeep it for showings while your home is on the market. These preparations can take a few days to complete; however, the time invested may pay off once the purchase offers start coming in.

If you are putting your home on the market and purchasing a new one, talk to the lending experts at Lenox/WesLend Financial or call 844-225-3669. As heard on the radio, it’s the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind. 

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