For anyone who has ever sold a home before, it can be agreed that preparing your property for sale takes a lot of time, effort, and physical work. The easiest way to prepare your home is to live like you are always ready to move out.
That means keeping the idea of moving in the back of your mind as you buy items, make storage decisions, and tend to routine activities within your home. If you are the type to settle in and forget about moving in the future, follow these quick tips for preparing your home before it is time to hop on the market and sell.
1. Stay on top of Maintenance and Cleaning
Minimize the amount of physical work you need to do at selling time by staying on top of maintenance and cleaning. Deep clean your home at least once every few months, and keep your space as tidy as possible by doing a basic cleaning every week. Repairs and maintenance can easily slip through the cracks, so don’t wait until the last minute to replace that broken ceiling fan or repair a hole in the ceiling. The more you do now, the less you will have to do later.
2. Improve Curbside Appeal
Curbside appeal is a top-selling point to potential homebuyers. The more aesthetically pleasing your home looks on the outside, the more likely you are to attract and keep buyers’ interest. Curbside appeal gives people a first impression on your home, so maintain it well by hiring a landscaper or planting a few flowers yourself. Pressure wash your outdoor spaces, add a welcome mat at the front door, and place light fixtures in aesthetically pleasing (but functional) areas. Also you may want to consider hiring a painter to apply a fresh coat of paint to the outside of the house.
3. Declutter and Downsize
For every item you bring into your home, donate or toss one to two things you don’t use or don’t need anymore. Preparing your home to be sold requires getting rid of items that are too personal (pictures), packing up and tucking away extra items, and doing a severe downsize of each room in your home. More free cabinet, wall, and room space equals the appearance of a large open space, which is what buyers want.
4. Take Magazine-quality Photos
This one is pretty simple. Once your home has been primed to perfection, take pictures to use for your listing! Take photos in bright lighting as well as at night and at multiple angles. Hiring a professional Real Estate photographer to take beautiful photos of your house will be well worth the investment.
5. List and Sell
Finally, get ready to list your home and hope for a quick selling process. Your Realtor will advertise your property to the widest possible audience through the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). If the house is priced correctly and the Realtor is highly experienced, your home should sell in a reasonable length of time depending on the current market conditions and demand for homes in your neighborhood.
However, many people prefer to sell their homes in a much faster and easier way by simply calling a cash buyer like Tropical Homebuyers. If you prefer to avoid the struggle of preparing your home to be sold and would like to sell your house quickly without any hassles, just call (323) 580-6881 to receive your free offer. There is no need to prepare your home, lift a paintbrush, host an open house, or even clean that messy garage. We will buy your home for cash no matter the state it is in. Our process is professional and extremely fast; we can close Escrow and pay you your cash in 14 days. Curious? Have more questions? Call us today at (323) 580-6881 for more information.