5 Easy Ways To Prepare Your Property For The Market
Selling your property doesn't just mean hiring a realtor and putting a for sale sign out front. To ensure your property sells quickly and for the largest profit, it takes a little effort to make this happen. But a little effort goes a long way when it comes to real estate. Preparing your property to sell involves careful planning and preparation around the house to convince potentials buyers to pull out their checkbooks.
1. Improve The Outside
First impressions are everything, which is why this number one on the list! Start with the outside, mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden, plant flowers or hire a gardener. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you slacked off on maintenance and upkeep of the property. I recommend cleaning the gutters and pressure washing the sidewalks and exterior walls, this simple task makes everything look clean!
Humans collect and hold onto so many things over the years. Take this time to consider what you need for your next house and what you can donate to the Good Will. I recommend clearing off counters, shelves, walls and cabinets. Potential buyers want to envision their belongings in your home, "Our <insert> would look beautiful here." An easy way to clean up around the house is to rent a storage unit for any knickknacks, personal photos, bulky furniture and other personal belongings. Consider this process an efficient way to start packing.
3. Make Minor Repairs
Repairs can make or break a sale! Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls, bubbles in paint or the scratches on the floor doesn't mean a potential buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need a touch up, be sure to get it done — hardwood floors are a huge selling point. Home buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any leaky faucets, sticky doors or even broken drawers. I recommend you replace bulbs, fix broken blinds and touch up the paint. Your walls should be a neutral color, especially if they're currently red, yellow or green. You don't want to give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the one with the yellow kitchen." You want potential buys to feel happy when touring your property.
4. Neutralize & Depersonalize
It's simple, you want all potential buyers to see themselves in your home — If your living room has a bright blue rug, yellow curtains, or a loud chandelier, this will be much harder to do. I recommend taking down all your personal family photos and replacing any bold color choices with something more neutral, such as shades of tans and whites. Packing up personal belongings, extra momentos, and even books will make the space feel even bigger and brighter.
5. Stage, Stage, Stage!
Once your home is cleaned up, it’s time to play decorative dress up. Home stagers dress up a room by adding little details to every room to highlight the potential for the space. For instance, consider adding plants, lamps, throw pillows/blankets, mirrors, or accent furniture. Home staging can help every home, especially homes that are older and a bit dated. Think of staging a fun way to show potential buyer what you love about the space — if it’s done properly, potential buyers will notice the beauty and the potential of the space, not the damage and repairs.
Hopefully this tips and tricks help you sell your home quickly. If you have any questions about preparing yourself and your property for the market, please let me know! I am happy to help! If you are considering listing your house in the Los Angeles area, please give me a call or fill out my contact form — I would love to help!