Everyone wants their home to sell quickly and for above the asking price. And as a Realtor, it’s my job to get you the best possible price for your property!
But there are some things that you, as the seller, need to take responsibility for. Perhaps the most important thing is to make sure your home is ready to be sold.
Before you take pictures of the interior and invite people over for viewings, you need to make sure your home is in great shape.
From experience, here are five easy yet remarkably important things you can do to prepare your house for sale.
Make sure it’s clean!
An unkept house full of clutter is super difficult to sell. At a minimum, make sure your home is tidy and free from clutter and give the floors, walls, appliances, and surfaces a thorough clean. If you don’t want to do it yourself, hire a professional cleaner to spruce the place up.
Remember, when people view their home, they’re trying to visualize living there and that can be hard if there’s chachkies everywhere.
Establish a beautiful scent throughout.
You can’t underestimate the importance of scent when it comes to selling your home. Research shows that scents and odors contribute significantly to the selling process. I can’t tell you how many times walking into a home that smells clean and fresh has made a good and lasting first impression on a buyer.
You want your home to feel fresh, vibrant, and welcoming, so scents with underlying hints of citrus, pine, jasmine, or cinnamon, can really boost the overall mood of a viewing. Just be careful not to overdo it with scented candles or air fresheners, as it will appear that you’re trying to hide something.
Replace your HVAC filter.
Air quality is another thing you need to think carefully about when preparing your home for sale. If your HVAC filter is clogged, dirty, or damaged, the air circulating through your home is going to be unpleasant, particularly at the height of summer.
It doesn’t take a great deal of time or money to replace your HVAC filter, but the end result is a huge improvement in your home’s air quality, thus making your property seem fresher and cleaner.
Tidy the yard.
First impressions matter when it comes to selling your home. If your front planter bed is unkempt, covered with leaves, and generally unloved, your potential buyer won’t see its full potential. Before a showing, head out into the planter beds to remove fallen leaves and other debris from your lawn.
You should also make sure your lawn is cut, well-watered, and looks fresh, and tidy up your garden’s borders and flowerbeds. A little bit of effort in the garden goes a long way and makes my job of showing off its potential an awful lot easier!
Organize your garage.
Many of us use the garage as an oversized storage. And don’t worry, I’m not here to judge! But if you’ve been storing things your garage for years, chances are it’s ready for the curb. When preparing to sell your house, spend some time organizing your garage and throwing items out that you don’t want to spend the time or money moving to your next place.
Not only will this process help you decide what to take to your new home and what to give to goodwill, but it will also give you the chance to clear some space and show off the potential of your garage. After all, if your garage is a cluttered mess, it can be difficult for buyers to envision it as their home gym when they move in.
Prepare to sell your home with me!
As an experienced Realtor based in Central Florida, I’ve worked with countless homeowners over the years and helped them get the best possible price when selling their homes. Get in touch with me today; I’d be thrilled to help you sell your Florida home and find your next one.