Preparing your home to sell takes time, effort and a little bit of hard work. You can make the process easier, or at least streamline it a little bit, by following a few tips.
1. Put Yourself in the Seller’s Shoes: Quit thinking about the property as yours. It’s not any longer. Step outside of yourself and put yourself in a potential buyer’s shoes. If you can disassociate yourself properly, you’ll be able to eye those areas that need work before you put your home on the market.
2. Get Rid of the Clutter: As a general rule, if you haven’t used something in a year, get rid of it. Either throw it away, stick it in storage or hold a garage sale. A non-cluttered home will usually sell faster than one that looks like a hoarder’s heaven.
3. Fix Items That Need Repairs: Take the time to go through your house to check for leaks, cracks, drawers that don’t open or close properly, and anything else that needs fixing. It’s better to get those items repaired now before potential buyers find them.
4.Be a Harsh Critic: Even if you’ve lived in your home for years, you should try to look at it like you’re viewing it for the very first time. Again, take yourself out of the situation and try to take on a brand new perspective. The idea is to make your home look welcoming and to make sure it resonates with every new buyer who walks through the door.
5.Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal: Many homeowners spend all their time making sure the inside of their home is show-ready, but they neglect the outside for when the potential customer pulls up. Proper lawn maintenance and keeping the sidewalks clear of clutter can go a long way towards making your home ready-to-sell. For best results, put out some yellow flowers to enhance your home’s look.
These tips can help you get your home ready to show and sell. For more tips and to sell your home in Alaska, call Chris Swires, Alaska’s Realtor today.