It’s almost summer, and for many of you this means…moving time. Da-da-dum!
Whether you’re moving near or far, often the first step is selling your existing home. We sold our condo last year and another home several years earlier, both in challenging markets, so I know all too well that the process can be emotional, stressful, exciting, exhausting, frustrating, exhilarating—you get the picture.
It’s a big deal!
So what can you do to make the process less stressful and sell your home quickly this summer?
3 tips to help you sell your home:
1. Make Curb Appeal a Priority
Think about times you’ve been house-hunting and you fall in love with a home just driving by. It’s the real estate equivalent of love at first sight, and that should be your goal with curb appeal.
Consider these updates to make a great first first impression:
Install a new mailbox
- Place potted fresh flowers by the front door
- Tidy up existing plants, flower beds, hedges and trees by weeding and trimming
- Touch up front door and window trim
- Power wash your driveway and sidewalks
- Hang stylish new house numbers
House hunters seeing your home for the first time may notice those little flaws, and all they will see is work, work and more work.
2. Clean and Stage the Inside of your Home
It sounds daunting, but it really isn’t. There's no better time to sort, rid, fix, replace and really clean than when you're packing. It motivates the procrastinator in all of us!
Here's a game plan to follow:
- De-personalize your home
Pack away all personal photos, knick-knacks, and any art that doesn’t have a neutral feel to it. You want to give your home the feel of a tasteful hotel room.
- De-clutter all rooms
Leave out only a few neutral décor items.
Touch-up paint in all rooms, as needed.
- Set the stage
Arrange furniture to best show off each space with a goal to make the rooms feel as spacious as possible.
- Make small fixes
Fix, replace, or clean light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles.
- Remove all the clutter...
...from your kitchen and bathroom countertops by placing extra items, including most of your countertop appliances, inside cabinets. This step is a pain, but it makes showing your home less stressful because you'll have less to put away before showings.
Remember, again, the goal is to make your kitchen and baths feel as spacious as possible and less clutter = more space!
3. Don’t Cut Corners when Choosing a Realtor
You want a realtor who will work hard for you to sell your home. Most of us don’t sell our property ourselves because we don’t know or understand all of the legalities or marketing strategies needed to sell a home. If you don’t have a realtor you have used and liked in the past, then ask friends, family members, and co-workers for recommendations.
You want someone who knows all the ins-and-outs of selling and buying and who isn’t afraid to step up and keep things moving if the need arises. Choosing the right realtor can make all the difference in the world: the wrong choice can lead to a broken heart, the right choice can lead to a home of your dreams at a price you can afford. You can't afford to miss on this key decision!
Now, what will you do next to love where you live?