Preparing Your Home To Sell

When it comes to preparing your home to sell on the real estate market, there are several things you can do that are inexpensive but will help your home stand out above the rest. A small makeover can really make a difference when it comes to a home's 'wow' appeal, which could help it sell faster and for more money.

First Impressions Tell The Tale

  • If the front door is beat up and worn out, it's a very good idea to replace it. Or scrub it down and give it a good coat of paint if you don't want to replace it.
  • Consider pet or food smells in your home and do your best to make them pleasant
  • Sweep up your front entrance

Take Care Of The Exterior First

  • Go and get some flower pots for the front entrance of your home (this gives the home a cared-for feel), and give the exterior a fresh coat of paint. Also feel free to add some new hardware to the front door if you haven't replaced it.

Key Updates

  • Decide on a nice neutral color and repaint the walls, especially walls that currently have bold, standout colors.
  • If money is not concern, replacing the kitchens and bathrooms will go a long way to helping the home sell quickly.
  • If you're on a budget, get new carpet, paint the interior walls and get a new front door.
  • It's a pain, but if your home has wallpaper, get rid of it and add a coat of paint. Wallpaper appeals to a very small number of people.

Ready To Show: Make Your Home As Bright As Possible

  • Before a showing, open any curtains or blinds.
  • For evening showings, make sure the lights are all on.

Simple Repairs Can Make a Difference

  • Try to make all the small fixes you can, so when a buyer sees something not working properly, they aren't seeing dollars flying out the window. Make sure you tighten or fix any loose door knobs, broken light switches and other minor defects - they will take away from the value of the home and buyers always inevitably over-inflate the real costs to make these repairs.

Reduce The Clutter

  • Get rid of any and all unnecessary items from your closets and garage. If spaces appear large, it's a huge selling feature
  • Take down any family portraits, kids' trophies and other sentimental items while trying to ensure your cupboards and closets are no more than about 30% full.
  • Then go around the house and reduce any other clutter you see in any of the rooms and areas.

Be Safety Conscious

  • Keep things off the stairways and our of the hallways
  • Don't overload electrical outlets with too many devices or small appliances.

Clean, Clean And Then Clean Some More

  • Thoroughly clean all appliances, bathrooms and windows.
  • Ensure all carpets are steam cleaned and hardwood floors are gleaming.
  • Glue back any peeling wallpaper.
  • Take out the garbage - no one likes a smelly home, especially during a showing.

Nice, Clean Bathrooms Sell Homes

  • Replace or repair bathtub and shower caulking.
  • Remove mildew stains from tubs and shower tile.
  • Display clean, fresh towels.
  • Get a lightly scented room freshener and spray in bathrooms.

Ensure Bedrooms Are Neatly Arranged

  • Get rid of any extra furniture.
  • Get and display clean, modern and attractive bedspreads.
  • If you have curtains, consider getting them washed.

No Controversy

  • If you have any material on your walls or in your home that might be offensive, remove it. It's not necessary and they might put off potential buyers. Besides, not everyone shares views.

Make A Bedroom A Bedroom, Not Something Else

  • A bedroom should look like a bedroom, not an office, hobby center or gym. So if you have weights lying around or your sewing projects scattered about, get them out of sight.

It's Not Easy, but Ensure the Bedrooms & Kitchen are Staged

  • Remove clutter and personal items from counters and nightstands, roll up the rugs and put away the laundry hamper.
  • A good tip to get those cabinets looking spiffy is to give them a buff with car wax. Don't forget to clean under the sinks.
  • Invest in new white bed linens and neutral-colored towels

Organize the Utility Room and Garage

  • Invest some time in clearing the inevitable garage clutter: Hang up bicycles and roll up the garden hose.
  • Consider renting a storage locker if you have tons of stuff in the garage.

Systems in Your Home

  • When it comes to things like the air conditioner, water heater, furnace and electric systems, if these are more than 8 years old, it will have a negative impact on a buyer since they will probably need to be replaced in the very near future.

Now that you've decluttered, cleaned and staged everything, here are some tips for when it comes time to show your home to a prospective buyer.

Rule #1: Three really is a crowd

Get out of the house for showings. If you are there, a buyer won't feel comfortable looking at specific details and asking the right questions. Moreover, the REALTOR® knows what the buyer is looking for and he or she is better able to emphasize the key selling points if you, the homeowner, isn't along for the showing.

Rule #2: Take the dog and pets with you

If you have a showing, take the dog with you. If you have a cat, put it outside or take it with you as well. Then get all pet beds, litter boxes and feeding dishes out of the way. Deodorize pet item if they need it.

If you're ready to sell your Jackson, TN. home, contact the Haltom Home Team today!