Selling your home is more than just a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. There are preparations needed to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest amount of time.

Step 1: Repair.

Those cracks in the walls, and rattles in the radiators that you are used to will stand out to future buyers. Little repairs can increase the overall price of your home. Some important repairs include refinishing hardwood floors, repainting walls, fixing loose shingles, and maintaining the exterior of your home. The curb side appeal will help get buyers in the door. Once they are inside make sure there are no sticky doors or drawers for curious buyers to discover. 

Step 2: Neutralize.

The goal is for buyers to see themselves living in your home. While your items may be unique to you, it is harder for buyers to envision themselves in outdated rooms full of collectibles and personal photographs. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral like beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, helping prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Step 3: Stage.

Once your house is clean and updated, a little dress up is needed. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.


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