Selling your home is one big project. Before your can put that sign up, you have a lot of prep work to accomplish. Many times, I work hand and hand with Realtor's to make this happen. I get called in for decluttering and staging.
None of use live in perfect staged homes. It's not reality for most of us to live in sterile perfect environments.
The first step is to listen to your Realtor! They will help guide you in the home prep process.
I know it hard to have someone come in your home and evaluate it. I have been doing this for 10 years and take a gentle not judging approach. When you choose to sell your home, you need to release your emotional attachment to it. You need to start looking at it as a canvas vs your place.
More than often, there is work required to make the home market ready. Your Realtor or sometimes a professional organizer or home stager will help you through the process.
1. LISTEN TO YOUR REALTOR-The end goal is the make your home appeal to a broad audience. Most of us customize our homes to our own tastes. When you agree to put your home on the market, you need to make it appeal to a mass audience. You have to spend money to make money.
2. MAKE A LIST-Make a list room by room of what projects need to be done in your home. This includes painting, repair, and decluttering.
3. DISCUSS-Discuss this list with your Realtor. Sometimes there is a lot to do to make a home "sell perfect". Realistically what can you "afford" and accomplish to get your home on the market.
Here are a few quick ways to update your home-
* Paint- go neutral grey or beige
* Declutter- If a home is too crowded, potential buyers will perceive it as small and having no storage.
* Update- Nothing changes a room like an updated light fixture.
* Religious Artifacts- Take them down!
* Repair- Things get damaged during the course of home ownership. A potential buyer wants to see that your home is well taken care of.
* Clean- Its worth the money to have a maid service come in and do a deep cleaning.
Give yourself time to get your home ready. I advise clients to take three to six months before they put their home on the market!!
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