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Preparing Your Home Before You Sell...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020   /   by Michael Ross

Preparing Your Home Before You Sell...

Selling a home comes in many different parts, each one as important as the next and each probably just as stressful as the other.

One of the several things on that list, and one of the most important, is making sure your home is ready to sell.

It’s hard to know where to start when you’re first looking at readying your home for a sale, but look no further.

From making sure there is no wear and tear to putting all your furniture in the exact right place for the room, here are the top six tips to spruce up your home before it sells:


1.       Declutter        

While you don’t need to Marie Kondo your way through your home to see if you find joy in every item, you will need to remove personal items and general clutter from your home. The last thing buyers want to see when they walk into your home is stacks of your things everywhere. When they see personal items all over the place, they can start thinking of themselves as guests rather than of prospective buyers. It is important for them to see the house as a fresh slate and somewhere they can make their own.

2.       Maintenance

A large part of making your home look presentable is making sure that there are no major problems that need addressing. Patching holes in walls, fixing a roof that leaks, and making sure doors and windows open properly can help not only up the value of your home but also assure buyers that the home is cared for and worth their time. Most things like patching walls and touching up paint can be done by yourself as well!

3.       Landscape

The outside of your home is the first thing that buyers will see before they come in, which means it's supremely important to make sure your yard is neat and kept up with. Bring out the lawnmower, weed the garden, and plant some flowers around the entryway to make things look welcoming and nice. Curb appeal sells homes, so make sure the outside of your home is looking as nice as the inside.

4.       Deep Clean

This is probably one of the most important pieces of selling a home: making sure it is clean when people come to a showing! If potential buyers come into a messy home, they will be instantly turned off. Messy home = not taken care of. So, evict those dust bunnies, scrub the tiles till they shine, and make sure all your closets are organized because these are things that buyers will see and inspect. Cleaning includes the outside of your house too! Pressure wash the siding and make sure your garage is swept as well.

5.       Paint the Walls and Decorate

While you may love your bright yellow bathroom, buyers may not. Neutral tones will allow them to see the house with new potential, and not distract them from the features of the house. It is important to remember that you will probably need more than one coat of paint, so plan accordingly! As well as painting, you will want to add some decorations that are not the family photos you may have had hanging on the wall. A nice print or artsy photos can help enhance a room.

6.       Stage!

One of the final parts of getting your house ready to sell is staging it. This can be done by yourselves or with the help of a professional. It is important to set up the furniture in a way that makes the room look the best, whether it is showing off the size or a feature of the room. Remove furniture that does not fit well in the room as well as any furniture that may clash. Your zebra shag rug may be your favorite thing, but buyers might not be so sure.

Using these tips, preparing your home to sell should be much easier and less stress on you. Need help with anything else pertaining to selling your home please contact us today!

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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