Maybe you’ve been feeling the itch for a few months now, that feeling like it’s time to move. There’s no better time than summer to prepare your house for showing and for some people (such as teachers) it’s the only time.
Don’t worry! These tips will take the stress out of getting your home ready and get you ready for the next stage in life.
Make Your House Neutral
Is your home a perfect reflection of you and your family? If the answer is yes you should consider making some changes. People looking to buy want to imagine a house with their stuff in it, not yours. Personal items such as pictures, decorations, or collectibles can interrupt that thought process for potential buyers.
Changes can be as simple as boxing up a few of these things and moving them to a storage unit.
- Take down any family photos, heirlooms, and distinctive decorations
- Make closets as open and organized as possible
- Create open and walkable spaces by storing unnecessary furniture
Fix The Right Things
When a stranger walks into your home what’s the first thing they notice? Do they hear a leaky faucet, glance at a hole in the wall, or take a second look at the carpet? Small issues like these can result in lowball offers or no offer at all.
Many buyers will easily overlook larger repairs (such as flooring and painting) but have negative reactions to smaller blemishes. This is because people expect to add their own flourishes to a home but hate the idea of buying things broken or in poor condition. You’ll get the best return from tackling a few small projects over sweeping renovations.
Keep in mind there’s one exception to this rule and that’s the kitchen. Expect the kitchen to receive the most scrutiny of any room but also the best return on any repairs or upgrades you make.
- Fix tiny eyesores that cause distractions such as cracks, holes, and leaks
- Don’t worry too much about huge renovation projects
- Give the kitchen some special attention
The idea of keeping your home “show ready” sounds intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Encourage simple habits with your family and the most common items will take care of themselves.
Smell can be a dealbreaker for even the most beautiful home, so give your carpets and curtains a nice cleaning to rid your place of any lingering odors. If you have a pet, it might be best to keep them outside for a while.
- Make the bed every morning
- Bring all used dishes to the sink
- Keep toys and clothes off the floor
- Give your house a deep cleaning to get rid of any strong smells
Get a Team Together
We know: every real estate advice article always recommends hiring a Realtor. If you’re undecided ask anyone who has sold their home by owner about the time commitment involved. There are showings, contracts, contingencies, option periods, closings dates, and worst of all it’s your own property on the line. If you don’t have a Realtor our team at Service First can recommend someone great who specializes in your neighborhood.
Something Special for Teachers
Remember Educators, our Teacher Campaign lasts until August 15th. That means if you put a new home under contract by that date you’ll receive a 500 Visa gift card that can be used with your DonorsChoose account to offset the cost of school supplies.
Learn more by clicking here or reaching out to one of our team members. Let us help you out at home and in the classroom!
If you’re ready to get started on your home buying journey, we can help!
Contact us today!