Listing your home for sale is a big deal and some things get very overwhelming leading us to miss the little things that make a big difference. Here are a few cheap and easy tips to think about and do before listing your home for sale:
- Landscaping makes a difference! If you see a home with neglected landscaping that is crazy overgrown or even a home with zero landscaping at all, you do not get as much of a home-y feel as you would with a home that has just the right amount of flowering plants here and there. Spring is right around the corner-add some plants in front of your porch or get a hanging basket or two to add some aesthetics.
- Stage, stage, stage. No, I am not saying spend a bunch of money on moving your things out and paying someone to stage your home (unless you can afford that, then all the power to you). Before taking photos of your home please, please, please think about what will be in those photos. Little things like taking magnets off of your fridge and taking a few cooking supplies off of your counter for the photos will make it much more attractive to a consumer. Don’t forget-the photos are the potential buyer’s first impression of your home. Take your time!
- What does it smell like? Be prepared for calls for showings on your home when you list it. Take a whiff. Does it smell like your kid just got home from practice? Your dog just got back from doggie daycare? If your home does not smell appealing, it will be all the potential buyers can focus on while touring your home. Spend a couple of dollars on wall plug-in air fresheners, room spray and/or candles. But, do not just cover up bad smells. Get the carpet cleaned, wash your bed sheets (and dog-not right before showings, no one likes wet dog smell either), do laundry. Opening windows and airing your home out before showings also can help rid of unwanted odor.
- Need to touch up? As funny as this may sound, you don’t want your home to come off as too “lived in”. A potential client wants the home to seem like someone has hardly lived there so they can see it as their own. Touch up the areas the paint has chipped, power wash the siding and any other wear and tear areas. Do this BEFORE you take the photos.
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