On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Prepare Your Home for Showing Season
By Keith Loria
Getting your home ready for sale in 30 days can be a challenge, however, for some sellers, it’s often a reality. Whether it’s a new job, a better opportunity, a marriage proposal or anything in between, there are a host of reasons that can necessitate the need to get out of your house quickly. If you find yourself pressed for time, the following tips will help you take advantage of the limited time you have to get your home ready for a showing.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is discard the clutter and pack up as much as possible. Since you’ll most likely be out of the home in a short period of time, you might as well begin the packing process. Be sure to keep out a month or two worth of clothes and supplies and put everything else into storage. This will most likely be a time consuming process, so spend a few hours each day packing your belongings and don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help.
Make a list of all the little things that need to get done and start crossing them off as soon as possible. Change all broken light bulbs, patch up any nail holes, make spackle repairs in the bathroom, fix any drips and take care of any little things that a potential buyer might use as an excuse not to buy.
There’s nothing quite like a fresh coat of paint to give a home an updated look and feel, so once you’ve moved as much as you can to storage, get out those paint cans and throw a painting party with your friends and family. Use neutral colors and be sure to start with the most visible rooms.
Hire a cleaning service to come in and do a detailed cleaning, which will include everything from the drapes to the rugs to the inside of appliances. You want your house to give off the impression that it’s clean and comforting.
Remember to take care of the outside as well. Mow the lawn, have the leaves picked up, remove any trash or toys lying about and create a focal point outside that will enable prospective buyers to envision themselves living their life in their new space.
Don’t wait too long before talking with a real estate agent as they’ll be able to offer you tips on how to get your home sold quickly.
Contact our office today for more tips to prepare your home for showings.