Love or leave it, if you have owned a home at some time you know what it feels like when it is time to sell your home. We dread the work we will have to do to get it ready for market and the paperwork we will face once the sale goes through.
There are times when you want to answer one of those ads that say We Buy Homes and just grab the money and run. But fear not, because there are some great hacks we will share with you here to help you sell that home as painlessly as possible.
Start With Curb Appeal
There is an old saying that you only get to make a first impression once. Never is this more true then with real estate. From the moment your prospective buyer walks out of the car, they are going to begin judging your home. What this means is you don’t want to have the front yard looking messy or the kids toys scattered around the front walk. If you don’t take care of the initial appearance they may never make it inside your home.
Take a long hard look at your doorway, front walk, garden and event the state of your trees in the front yard. If they aren’t inviting, if they don’t tell this prospective buyer that this is a house that is loved and cared for, then you have some work ahead of you. It doesn’t have to be tons of money spent or weeks of time. Just add a few flowers in the front garden, bring in a tree trimmer to get those trees in shape and create a little welcome spot at the front porch.
Clean and Declutter Inside
No one wants to walk into a house that is disorganized and filled with clutter. This can be distracting to the prospect and in the end lose you a sale. Go through your house and pack away pictures on the wall, Knick knacks on the shelf, and all those mementos from old trips you have sitting around the house.
Let your home be a clean slate that prospective buyers can project their own lives onto. Some may even say to go a step further and paint the walls of your home a nice neutral shade so that the color doesn’t detract from the home itself. The idea is to erase your impact and help them see themselves in your home. Once they do this, they will feel ready to buy.
Take Out the Dog and Cat
You love your pets and I assume they feel the same way about you. But since you don’t know the story of the people coming to look at your home, if you are planning to do an Open House, make sure the pets are staying elsewhere when you show the house. This is for your pets as much as it is for your prospects, as having a bunch of strangers walking through their territory can be very hard on pets.
If they have someone they trust, maybe leaving them there is possible. Dogs often have furry friends they like to visit, so why not let them have a play date while you are showing the home? Also clean thoroughly once they are moved out as you don’t know if some of your prospects are allergic.