Home Sweet Sell: A Guide to Prepping Your House for the Market

Home Sweet Sell: A Guide to Prepping Your House for the Market

  • Dean Swanson
  • 12/18/22

As a real estate professional, I often get asked for advice on how to prepare a home for sale. While every home is unique and will require a personalized approach, there are a few key steps that homeowners can take to get their home ready to hit the market. Here are some tips for preparing your house for sale:

  1. Declutter and depersonalize. When potential buyers walk through your home, you want them to be able to envision themselves living there. This can be difficult if your home is cluttered and full of personal items like family photos and knick-knacks. Take some time to declutter your home by getting rid of unnecessary items and packing away personal items. This will make your home feel more spacious and inviting to buyers.
  2. Make necessary repairs. Before you put your home on the market, it's important to take care of any necessary repairs. This could include fixing any leaks, repairing damage to the walls or flooring, and replacing broken fixtures. These repairs may not be glamorous, but they are necessary in order to present a well-maintained home to potential buyers.
  3. Stage your home. Home staging is the process of arranging furniture and decor in a way that highlights the best features of your home. This can be especially helpful if you have a large or oddly-shaped room, as staging can help buyers see the potential in the space. Consider hiring a professional home stager or enlisting the help of a friend with a good eye for design.
  4. Clean and freshen up. A clean home is a more appealing home. Take some time to give your home a thorough cleaning, including washing windows, scrubbing the floors, and dusting surfaces. You may also want to consider adding fresh flowers or baking cookies to create a pleasant smell throughout the house.
  5. Update your curb appeal. The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it's important to make a good impression. Take some time to spruce up your home's exterior by adding some colourful flowers, power washing the siding, and trimming any overgrown bushes.
  6. Price it right. Setting the right price for your home is crucial to its success on the market. If you price it too high, you may turn off potential buyers and struggle to find a buyer. If you price it too low, you may miss out on potential profit. Work with a real estate professional to determine the right price for your home based on its features, location, and current market conditions.
  7. Market your home effectively. Once your home is ready for showings, it's important to get the word out about it. Work with a real estate professional to create a marketing plan that includes listing your home on popular real estate websites, holding open houses, and utilizing social media to share photos and information about your home.

Preparing your home for sale can be a daunting task, but with a little bit of planning and effort, you can create a home that is attractive to potential buyers and likely to sell quickly. By following these tips, you can set yourself up for success on the real estate market.

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