Are you ready to sell your house?

Do you want to sell quickly and move on to your next location? 

Then there are some things you should do to best prepare your home for sale.

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Buyers have plenty of options in the housing market today, so it's important to get your home in the best shape to make it more appealing.

You might think it's obvious to do a deep cleaning and get organized, but there's more to it than that. Use the following tips before putting your house on the market:

Declutter and depersonalize

Buyers need to be able to see themselves living in your home.

If they're faced with pictures of your family and prints of your last name on every wall, it will be far more difficult for them to see themselves and their belongings in the house.

Rent a storage unit for any excess personal photos, personal belongings, or extra furniture that is cluttering up the house.

Organize closets and cabinets

Buyers will want to open drawers, cabinets, and closets to see how much space is actually in there. Rearrange these areas so everything looks neat and tidy. 

Make repairs

That cracked window you've been meaning to fix for months? Now is the time. Patch any holes, fix any leaks and replace any cracked floor tiles. Get your home in the best condition possible.

Improve your landscaping

How does your home look from the curb? Make sure to make it appealing by mowing the lawn, keeping the sidewalks cleared, planting flowers, weeding the garden and pruning the bushes. A buyer needs to like the outside of your home before they decide to go inside.

Spruce up the front door

Invite buyers in with a welcoming front door. Paint the door with a color that contrasts with the home so that the front door stands out. Also, make sure your house number is clearly visible from the road.

Tone down the color

If you have bright colors in your home, you might want to make them over with neutral colors. Making your home more neutral in color will make it more appealing to more buyers. Not everyone may have the same taste as you. so it's better to appeal to the masses.

Make your home smell wonderful

Eliminate any bad odors that may be cutting through the air in your home. Put away the litter box and take the trash out. When it comes time to show the home, diffuse sweet-smelling essential oils or have fresh flowers out. Maybe even consider baking cookies to invoke that sweet, inviting aroma.

Selling your home, buying another, and moving - the process can be stressful. Do all you can to prepare your home for sale and it will be better able to sell itself. You don't want to worry about how long it will take to sell, so follow these tips and prepare your home for sale.

Ready to sell your home? Check out our Home Seller's Guide and get your free home evaluation!

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