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Selling Your Home? Focus on Curb Appeal and Decluttering
Home. The place where you raised your family, hosted celebrations, and created a space to suit your lifestyle. Yet, there comes a point when we outgrow our home or need to downsize.
Preparing your home for sale takes advanced planning and sometimes several months before it is truly ready to hit the market. The advice I share with my seller clients is based upon my experience successfully listing homes and the feedback I get from buyers as they tour homes. Buyers know and remark when a home has been well-maintained. They use words like "meticulous" and "cared-for" during open houses and showings. Those homes tend to go under contract sooner and for more than comparable properties. Here are a couple of tips to help you get your home ready for a successful sale!
Create a strong first impression
As you know, first impressions are everything and that's why maximizing your home's curb appeal is so important. Buyers are searching for homes online and the photograph of the exterior of your home needs to stand out from the rest. You also want to wow them as they are pulling up to your home. Spruce up your landscaping by removing trees and plants that are dying and shape unsightly or overgrown trees and shrubs. Add some color with seasonal flowers and containers- my personal favorite are hydrangeas! Mulch the garden beds and around the trees. Paint the exterior and the front door to give your home a fresh look. Clean the windows and pressure wash the walkway, patio, and driveway. Sealcoat if you have an asphalt driveway. Tend to any roof issues and clean those gutters!
Prior to listing, declutter and organize your home. When buyers walk through a home, they comment on the cleanliness and appearance of the interior. Buyers take their time walking through homes that are organized and uncluttered, and usually leave quickly or don't visit every room when the home is unkept. Clearing items off and minimizing items on surfaces, such as kitchen counters and shelves help immensely.
Recently, a friend was trying to sell their home and was wondering why they were not getting a lot of showing appointments or offers. Upon looking at their photos, the kitchen had a lot of knick-knacks and plants that dated the kitchen and made it look cluttered. I suggested removing those items and retake the kitchen photos. Immediately, showings increased and they eventually received a couple of offers.
Prior to listing, donate items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or the VA. Some sellers utilize Craigslist, neighborhood Facebook garage sales, or hold their own garage sale. I also refer my clients to junk companies if the donation centers won't accept furniture, or if it's just an overwhelming job.
If you plan on listing your home, contact me for a complimentary listing consultation at 847-849-0149. I will make suggestions on how to enhance your home's curb appeal and what decluttering needs to be done, and refer you to service providers for assistance. I wish you the best of luck with your home sale!