Contrary to popular belief, even great homes don’t sell themselves. You’ll need to put some work into your property (and hire a great real estate agent) to whip your home into shape. But as long as you’re smart about where you put your energy, chances are, you won’t have to bend over backwards to get your home ready to fly off the market.
There are some tried-and-true items you’ll definitely want to check off your list before listing your home. Most of them are pretty easy to accomplish and won’t cost a fortune. Still, the impact will be noticeable to home-buyers.
Here are 7 tips you should definitely consider trying out:
1. Address any off-putting odors- Smell is incredibly important when it comes to how we feel about something. Good smells trigger the pleasure centers in the brain, so having your home smell appealing should be a no-brainer. You should definitely make sure there are no pet odors or any other off-putting smells. Second opinions help, too, because sometimes it’s tough to smell the odors in your own home.
2. Landscape the front yard- A beautiful front yard, even if it’s a smaller space, will add to your home’s curb appeal. Remember, the front of the house is the first thing potential buyers will see. You want that first impression to be a great one. Even if you don’t have tons of plants and flowers, a crisp clean manicured lawn goes a long way.
3. Repaint- If you’ve lived in your home for a while, chances are you have some peeling paint or smudges on the walls. These tiny spots don’t seem like a big deal, but they can make your home look a little less fresh. Repaint anywhere that shows signs of wear so your home looks newer and more move-in ready.
4. Have it staged- Hiring a team to stage your home can be money well spent. It helps people to envision themselves hanging out in the perfectly staged spaces. Being about to see yourself living somewhere is important and that’s why this technique proves to effective.
5. Remove or hide clutter- If you aren’t going to have your home staged, you’ll definitely want to get rid of clutter! People can’t picture themselves living in a home that is filled to the brim with other people’s junk. A minimalist approach works best to have people feel like there is a clean slate where they can make their own memories.
6. Fix anything that needs minor repairs- Leaky sinks, toilets that won’t stop running, cracks in the walls — these a just a couple of examples of minor repairs that you should invest in fixing when trying to sell your home. When people see cracks, they begin to imagine that there’s a lot more wrong with the home that you may be covering up.
7. Hire a professional cleaner- Clean is key when it comes to home selling. But you’ll want to do more than a quick vacuum. Professional cleaners are an absolute must before people start walking through your home. They can remove any unwanted odors and leave things cleaner than you’ve seen them in years.
What are some of your favorite tips to whip a home into shape? Let us know in the comments!