Preparing your Home for Sale

Deirdre Griffith  |  June 6, 2024

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Preparing your Home for Sale

FOR MANY, SELLING A HOME CAN BE AN EXCITING YET DAUNTING TIME. PAIRING EMOTIONS ALONGSIDE A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS TO-DO LIST COMBINE TO CREATE AN EXPECTED ROADBLOCK IN A SELLERS’ IDEAL TIMELINE. OUR TIP? GET A JUMP START ON THAT LIST BY IDENTIFYING WHAT’S REALLY IMPERATIVE AND WHAT YOU CAN LEAVE BEHIND IN YOUR HOME SALE PREPARATION. WITH THE RIGHT PREPARATION, YOU CAN EASILY SHOWCASE YOUR HOME IN THE BEST LIGHT POSSIBLE TO MAKE YOUR PROPERTY STAND OUT AND ATTRACT POTENTIAL BUYERS.

HERE ARE SOME ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE AND MAXIMIZING ITS APPEAL WITHOUT RENOVATING AN ENTIRE KITCHEN OR REMODELING A BATHROOM THAT’S BEEN ON THE TO-DO LIST FOR YEARS:

First and foremost, declutter and depersonalize your space. Potential buyers must envision living in the home, which can be difficult if your personal items are displayed prominently. Remove family photos, personal collections, and any unnecessary items that may cramp the space. Consider renting a storage unit to house excess furniture and belongings temporarily. This will help create a clean, open, and inviting atmosphere that allows buyers to see the full potential of each room. Some other items to remove that make a big impact: small appliances from kitchen countertops, throw rugs and runners, dog beds, play pens, toiletries off the bathroom counters. 

 

Next, focus on making any necessary repairs and updates. Fix leaky faucets, squeaky doors, and cracked tiles, as these small issues can give the impression that the home has not been well-maintained. A fresh coat of paint in neutral colors can work wonders in brightening up the space and making it feel more modern. Additionally, pay attention to curb appeal, as the exterior of your home is the first thing buyers will see. Set out the patio furniture, mow the lawn, trim hedges, plant colorful flowers, and wash the windows to create a welcoming entrance. Leave the remodeling to the next owner (unless it’s been recommended by your Realtor) and let them create their vision. Your job is to create a blank canvas that allows for it.

Lastly, stage your home to highlight its best features. Arrange furniture to maximize space and flow, and use tasteful décor to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Consult your agent and hire a professional stager if you’re unsure how to present your home best. They can provide valuable insight and help you showcase your property’s strengths. By preparing your home for sale, you’ll increase its marketability and enhance your chances of a quick and profitable transaction.

Have more questions on hot ticket items that you should consider before getting ready to list your home? I’d be happy to walk through your home and make a personalized recommendation.

 

 


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Deirdre Griffith

Deirdre Griffith has called the Mountain West home for over 15 years and enjoys all it has to offer. As a real estate investor herself, Deirdre diligently tracks local residential markets, financial markets, as well as a broad range of ranches and outfits. 

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