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Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Market by Deb Hasselquist

Monday, October 25, 2021   /   by Karri Bedor

Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Market by Deb Hasselquist

Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Market

Pretend for a moment that you are a buyer about to pull up to a house that you may potentially buy.  The first thing you will see is the outside of the home.  What are your thoughts if the bushes are overgrown,  the railing on the porch is loose, the door is scratched and difficult to open and the front porch light is tilted with no lightbulb in it?  I’ll tell you what my first thought is...this house is not well cared for.  And that’s your very first impression!

When selling your home, sometimes small things can make a big difference.  First of all, sellers want to be sure their home has very nice curb appeal.  Repairing the loose railing, painting the scratched exterior door, and adding a nice wreath as well as making sure the door operates smoothly does not take long to do but will make a huge difference in a buyer’s first opinion of your home.  It isn’t hard  to make sure the porchlight is secure and there are bulbs that work in every light fixture outside as well as inside the home.  Be aware of the small repairs that can be addressed to give the buyer no reason to question if the home is well maintained.

Inside, you want the entrance to look fantastic as this is the first glimpse the buyer gets of the interior of the home.  Entryways should be organized and clean.  It’s best to have smaller items packed and display minimal pieces on tables and shelves.  Too many things in a room is distracting to a buyer.  Freshly painted walls always make a room look clean and fresh.  Rooms should also be bright.  It is important to have all lights on during showings, curtains open and shades up to get as much natural light in each room as possible.  The placement of furniture can create a different feel in the room and make it appear larger.  Another thing that buyers like is to see ways they can utilize spaces that they may not have thought of.   Closets, for example, can become nooks for desks, storage shelving or artwork. 

The kitchen should always be clean and as bare as possible.  Buyers want to see counter space.  Clearing your counters shows the space available for their personal items.  Since most homes have appliances included, make sure they are shiny clean.  This is something that is part of the sale, and buyers look closely at them.  In addition to cleaning appliances and counters, make sure your sink is empty and clean.  Buyers will be looking in cupboards and under the sink. An organized kitchen is very appealing.

Make sure your bathroom cabinets, sink, vanity, toilet and floor are all clean as well.  The less you have out, the bigger the room will appear.  Be sure there is nothing in the bathtub and/or shower and it is squeaky clean as well.

Of course, all beds should be made and there should be minimal items out on nightstands and dressers.  The room will appear bigger, and buyers will be able to visualize their personal things in it.  Buyers will look in closets.  If you are able to pack clothes you are not using, the closet space will appear bigger.

Another thing that needs to be addressed is any sort of odor.  If you have animals, be sure that there isn’t an odor.  I have seen many potential buyers walk away from properties I’ve shown simply because of the odor.  Mildew in the basement 

or that musty smell is also a deal breaker to some buyers.  I highly recommend always running a dehumidifier in a basement.

So, before you put your house on the market, make sure you have it in the best condition you possibly can, so you don’t miss out on potential buyers.

I offer free staging to clients that list with me and have seen the impact it makes on selling homes.  First impressions are so important; a bad one can cost you the sale.

I’d love to help. Feel free to reach out.