Making Your Mark: Listing Your Home • Luna Violeta
After years of putting your own stamp on your house, you determine it is officially time to put the house on the market. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety but can lead to a whole new world of living. There are several steps that you need to take before deciding to list your house on the market to appeal to potential buyers. Clean House This goes without saying. It is imperative that potential buyers walk into a freshly clean house. Any signs of dirt or grime could be an instant turn off for your buyers. Assume that most people coming in to see your house are hoping that it will be move in ready. If they are not in the market to make a lot of repairs, they do not want to see an unclean house. Fix the Interior of the House All those projects that you have been putting off for years suddenly cannot be put off anymore. You want to get the best value possible for your house, so you need it to look the price you think it is worth. If that green rug suddenly looks brown, it is time to change it. If you can see cracks in the wall, it is time to fill it. The dirt stains on the wall need to be cleaned and repainted. It is a lot of work and if your budget allows for it, hire someone to take care of it. But, don’t expect to get the most bang for your buck if you don’t put in the work ahead of time. Curb Appeal In addition to making repairs to the inside of your house, it is important that your house have curb appeal on the exterior. You want potential buyers to be wowed before even entering your house. How to prepare your house for sale asks you to step outside your front door, look at the house, and decide if it feels welcoming or not. If the answer is no, you have some work to do. Ask a trusted family member or friend the same question and see what their response is. Make sure the lawn is mowed, bushes are trimmed, chipped paint is fixed, and the house looks welcoming. Remove your Personalization It might be wise to rent a storage unit to remove some of your furniture or more personal items to make the house seem bigger and allow the potential home buyer to visualize themselves in your home. If you keep too many of the things that make it personal for you, it will be harder for them to see themselves in your home. Have Patience A step that is often overlooked, as mentioned in how to secure a good profit when your home is on the market is to have patience. You do all this work and get everything exactly how you want it, but then it doesn’t sell the next day. This is a process that could take weeks or months. You may have to adjust your pricing a bit or get some feedback from people on what can be done to improve it even more. In the end, you have a vision and just stay the course to get the offer you most desire. Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.