Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
Take a look at the answers below to see how you did on our Quarterly Newsletter Pop Quiz!
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1. The first thing you should do to get your home ready to list is:
C. Deep clean and declutter.
If you do nothing else, do this! Pay attention to the spots you usually miss – dust the mantle and ceiling fan blades, shine up appliances and faucets, and wash the windows thoroughly. Get rid of piles – shoes in the entryway, mail on the kitchen table. Storage space is crucial to buyers, so organize your closets to show them at their most spacious.
2. True or False: Before listing your home, it’s important to tackle all of those little projects you’ve been putting off – loose doorknobs, leaky faucet, etc. Buyers will notice these details.
True! Tackle those projects you’ve been putting off. If you’ve noticed these things, so will buyers, and they can detract from the value of your home.
3. What kind of lighting will show your home at its best?
D. Natural light
Natural light will show your home at its best, so use as much natural light as possible – open all the curtains and shades. In addition, add table or floor lamps to brighten dim areas, and replace light bulbs (don’t forget the porch light!).
4. True or False: Everyone loves bold colors – my fuchsia living room and orange kitchen will really wow buyers!
False! You may love bold colors, but buyers might not. Repaint in neutral tones – tans and whites. And don’t forget to brighten up the trim with a fresh coat of paint to make your home look clean and fresh.
5. True or False: You don’t need to worry about the garage – who looks in the garage anyway? Even if they do, everyone expects the garage to be a mess!
False! A nice-looking garage can be a great asset, so tidy it up – install shelving for storage, create a workshop area, etc. – show buyers it’s more than just a place to park cars.
6. Which of the outdoor items below will make a difference in selling your home?
D. All of the above.
Boost your curb appeal! Many buyers won’t want to view a home if it doesn’t look great from the curb, so make sure your exteriors look excellent! Trim shrubs, weed gardens, fix peeling paint, and keep all walkways clear. Adding small touches – potted plants or a wreath on the door – can also make a big difference.
In addition to these things, if you choose to list with me I’ll give you a free consultation with a professional home stager, who will make sure your home looks its best. You’ll also benefit from professional photography, giving buyers the best possible first impression of your home when they view it online. When you’re ready to list, just let me know – let’s get your home sold!