Preparing your home for sale is a large and time-consuming project that starts long before you put the sign in the yard. Now is a great time to start preparing your home if you’re thinking about listing soon. But not all improvements provide a return on your investment, so it’s wise to check with an agent before you start knocking down walls or painting your foyer a fun color. The following tips are effective ways to get your home showing ready without spending money that you won’t get back in the sale. And don’t miss the handy downloadable checklist at the bottom of the page!
Catch up on Maintenance ~ It’s not as much fun as renovating the kitchen or bathroom. But rotting wood around your windows or a roof that is visibly showing wear will not only lower offers, it may scare buyers away. If there is deferred maintenance that they can see, they start to wonder what is wrong with the house that they can’t see.
Make your home beautiful ~ Once the maintenance is out of the way, the fun part of preparing your home for sale begins. You want to make sure buyers can see how lovely your home is. If your home has too much stuff, they won’t be able to visualize themselves living in the home. Let’s face it, we all have too much stuff. And you can save yourself quite a bit of money in moving expenses by getting rid of it before you move. I have found quite a bit of freedom in Marie Kondo’s mantra, “Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy.”
If you need the help of a professional home organizer, I recommend Help from Ella. Her fee for initial consultation is paid by Harmony when you list with us. And if you need additional services, such as packing and/or unpacking or closet organization, Help from Ella offers those and other organizational services as well.
With these easy tips, preparing your home for sale doesn’t have to be an overwhelming project. Take it one day at a time and when spring gets here, you’ll be all ready!
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