1. Find the right real estate agent
It can be tempting to list a home as For Sale By Owner in an attempt to save money. However, many of these transactions backfire as well-intentioned homeowners make critical mistakes. Instead, find the right real estate agent to help you sell your home. A good agent is knowledgeable about your neighborhood, has recently sold homes similar to yours, and may even have buyers already waiting to purchase your home!
2. Increase curb appeal
The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see when they come to showings. Make sure your home makes a good first impression by increasing its curb appeal! Planting colorful flowers, trimming back overgrown trees, or repainting the front door are quick, easy, and cost effective ways to improve the curb appeal of your home in a short amount of time.
3. Declutter and depersonalize
Buyers want to picture themselves – and their things – in a space. Declutter and depersonalize every room in the home; clear off counters and tables entirely, leave just a few items on bookshelves and built-ins, and take down as many family pictures or portraits as possible.
4. Repaint in neutral colors
You may love your bright yellow kitchen, but potential buyers may be unable to look past the color. Repainting the house in neutral colors serves two purposes; it helps the home feel fresh and new while creating a blank canvas for buyers to imagine themselves in.
5. Take time for repairs
Have a light switch that never works right, a loose doorknob, or a missing spindle on the stairs? Take the time to fix problems and make repairs around the house before listing your home; this helps prevent buyers from forming a negative opinion of your home when they find something broken.
6. Hide valuables
Store valuable heirlooms, jewelry, art, and even firearms in a secure location – or temporarily relocate them away from the property.
7. Clean, clean, and clean some more
Deep clean your home like you have never cleaned before! From the baseboards to the crown molding, every single inch of your home should be spotless. Need extra help keeping the house spotless? Consider hiring a short-term cleaning service to help your home stay showing ready.
8. Consider staging
Staging may seem unnecessary, but it is an important tool in real estate that can help homes sell quickly and for at or above asking price. Home stagers can do everything from moving around your existing belongings to adding a few new pieces – and even bringing in all new furniture and accessories!
9. Temporarily relocate pets
Dogs, cats, and other pets are beloved members of the family. However, some buyers may be turned off by finding a litter box in the bathroom or dog bones in the bedroom. Consider temporarily relocating pets before listing your home; this minimizes stress on them as strangers come in and out of the house, and helps your home appeal to a wider variety of buyers.