When gearing up to put your place on the market, it is important that you spruce the place up a bit. Touch up your landscaping, clean up the exterior of your home, make repairs, and clean out/organize your closets. These few improvements will enhance your home’s curb appeal and boost potential buyer’s first impressions of your home. Messy closets give off the impression that there isn't enough storage in your home. Even if that is the case, you don’t want to give off that impression! A clean fresh exterior and landscaping makes it easier for a potential buyer to see themselves in your home.
When approaching listing, you should start to separate yourself from your home. Very soon (hopefully) the home will belong to someone else and become the foundation of their memories. By starting to separate your memories from the actual house, you are not necessarily preparing your home for sale, rather, preparing your mind. This will help you in all other phases of the process. First and foremost, remove clutter! Put extra furniture and other belongings in storage throughout this process. Put away your photos, knickknacks and other similar decor items. This is like performing a factory reset on your home. Over time, the place has become a reflection of you as you’ve lived your life in the home. During the sale process, it’s important to present a home that allows potential buyers to envision themselves and their lives.
To finish off this factory reset of your home, add some shine! Polish your kitchen, bathrooms, floors, windows, countertops, and other surfaces. If you can, have a company come in and do a deep clean sweep of the place. This will freshen the place up and make things look like new again. Add fresh coats of paints to your walls and neutralize your wall colors. Paint is the easiest way to brighten up any space!
With the tips above, your home should already be immaculate, but make sure to pay attention to the details. When it comes time to host showings, treat it as if you are hosting a very important party. Leading up to the showing, be aware of the smells in your home. Refrain from cooking foods with lingering smells. Make the experience luxurious. Add some fresh towels and scented candles in your bathroom and do not forget to close your toilet seat! Make the beds and make sure all rooms, spaces, and closets are in their most presentable manner.
Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to list! Call your listing agent and have them do a preview of the property with you. They can use their expertise to give additional tips that may boost the market’s impression of your home.