Whether your downsizing, upsizing, or moving to the burbs, there are things you have to do to get your home ready to sell. I am often the bad guy. Realtors send me in to help clients put together a "to do" list and to organize their space.
Its not a fun time for the client. Be realistic, that it will take sometime on your part. Depending on the size of your home, start prepping a few months ahead of time. Make a list and complete a few projects each week.
Whether you live in a condo or a mcmansion, its essential that your place shows properly. We live different then we stage. The goal is to take our your personality and make it like a nice hotel. You want the potential buyers to be able to imagine their stuff in your home. You want them to focus on the space not your stuff. With that being said, here are some tips to get your home ready to sell.
1. Simplify- pack up those extra knick knacks and books. Lighten up your space.
2. Paint- If you have to ask, you should paint it. Freshly painted walls will only make your place look better. I have noticed that in the city clients are seeking move in ready neutral homes (for the record I hate beige). In the burbs, you can put a home on the market with funky wall paper and it will sell.
3. Clean- Its worth it to have a maid service come in and do a deep cleaning. No one wants to see a sticky stove.
4. Declutter- If your closets are too crowded, then start packing. Its okay to have some boxes in a closet or a basement.
5. Stage- Stage your furniture. Make sure your pieces fit the space. Add accent pillows if needed. Too much furniture makes a space look small.
6. Organize- Organize your cabinets and closets. Potential buyers want to see what space you have and how their items can be accomodated. I know the trend is to have the womens clothes in the master and the hubbys in a guest room. When you stage your closet, you need to combine your clothes. You don't want a potential buyer to feel the closet is too small.
When all is done, your home will shine!