The Spring Market is heating up and this means that numerous people will be thinking about selling their homes and making a move.
Usually there is a lot of excitement around the idea of selling your home and finding new adventures ahead, however, along with this excitement comes anxiety and questions.
One of the biggest questions about selling a home is "What should I do to get my home ready for sale?"
The good news is that we (The Radcliffe Real Estate Team) have helped thousands of people answer that question and if you would like to know the answer, keep reading!
There are several things that should be done when getting your home ready to sell, and fortunately they are simple (not always easy, but certainly simple), generally inexpensive, and tremendously effective!
#1. Find, interview and hire a professional listing agent to help educate you on your local housing market.
You can do your own research about your local housing market, but no matter how much personal research you do, having a professional, experienced agent who is familiar with local properties that have sold (or not sold) in your area will always give you an edge when coming up with a pricing strategy and any other questions you might have.
Your agent works for you, and if you hire a good one, he/she will be working with your best interests at heart.
Obviously, we would suggest hiring us (The Radcliffe Real Estate Team) as we have over 80 years combined experience and networking in our local market and are highly dedicated to always making sure our clients’ best interests are top priority.
#2. Buy some extra light bulbs! This step is so easy and yet is sometimes overlooked because of its simplicity and seemingly obvious nature, however, making sure that every light in your home has a working bulb is a fantastic way to be ready for showings when they start.
When your home is being viewed by potential buyers, you will want to have every light and lamp turned on to showcase your home in the brightest, lightest way.
#3. Deep clean. The importance of this step cannot be understated.
It will take some time if you are doing it yourself, however, it costs you nothing but energy and the pay off will be huge. If you do not have the time to do it yourself, hire a cleaner. The end result will be well worth the relatively small cost.
When thinking about doing a deep clean, pay special attention to items that do not get cleaned on a regular basis: light fixtures, baseboards, bathroom grout, windows, dusting surfaces, scrubbing floors, wiping door frames/knobs and light switches where there could be extra fingerprints.
Try to look at your own home through the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time; be picky!
#4. Declutter & Depersonalize! Again, this is something that costs nothing but your time, however, when done well, can change the entire look of your home, making it open and attractive to potential buyers.
When a space is clutter-free, buyers can focus on the actual home instead of on the junk, knick-knacks and overflowing closets.
When selling a home, you want to strike the perfect balance between depersonalization and creating a warm, welcoming home. This involves removing family framed photos, bulletin boards and personal items (think: photo albums, magazines, toys, equipment, awards, etc.) throughout the home.
When a space is neutralized of personal belongings, it makes it easier for a potential buyer to "visualize" themselves and their own belongings in the space, which is ultimately what will draw them to make an offer to buy your home.
Sometimes it is difficult to figure out what to do with these extra items during the process, as they are your personal keepsakes and you will not be purging or getting rid of them, and yet they need to be out of sight for several weeks while showing and selling your home.
If you do not have anywhere offsite that you can borrow some storage space, it can be helpful to rent a short-term storage unit nearby where you can temporarily place your overflow items.
The cost of these units is relatively low in the grand scheme, especially if it means that you show off your home so well that it becomes extra desirable to potential buyers.