While we talk a lot about buying homes here on the Berkshire Hathaway Santa Fe blog, there is a whole other side of real estate that is important to talk about too. In order to buy a house, homes need to be on the market and for sale. Real estate agents help to sell homes as well. In fact, that’s a big part of the job. Making sure that a home is ready to sell, appropriately priced, marketed appropriately, and helping with the final contract are all important pieces of a real estate agents job in order to serve clients well. Today we want to talk about some of the things you can do to improve your home’s real estate advantage by getting it ready to sell. Keep reading to learn about simple things that can make a big difference when selling your home.
Hire a Professional Cleaner
One of the best things you can do to improve any showing is make sure your house is spotless. Tidy everything up, remove very personal items like family photos, and hire a professional cleaner to do a deep cleaning from top to bottom. This will allow your home to put its best foot forward, smell fresh, and not draw attention away to areas that may have accumulated grime over the years. Professional cleaners can take care of many problems quickly and efficiently.
Neutralize the Walls
You may be a person who loves a pop of color. You painted your kitchen lavender or you added a bright red accent wall in the guest room. While that may work well for you, bright and bold colors can quickly scare off potential buyers. Take the time to paint your walls a neutral color if they aren’t already prior to placing your house on the market. It can make a very big difference in how potential buyers look at the house.
Give Each Room a Purpose
While this isn’t quite to the level of full out staging, organizing your rooms so that each one has a distinct purpose and the furniture fits well is an important factor in showing your home to prospective buyers. If you have a room that’s a guest room, office, and crafting room, it’s time to tidy it up and turn it into just a guest room. This allows prospective buyers to have an idea of what it may be like if they lived there.
Finish Your Honey-Do List
We understand, life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of all those little things you need to do. That honey-do list can often get a bit out of control. Before placing your home on the market is the best time to attack that honey-do list and get it out of the way. Prospective buyers will notice the little things like a dripping faucet or those old nail holes in the wall. Take a weekend to finish up that list and get ready for prospective buyers to be impressed.
Improve Your Curb Appeal
While we often talk about the things you can do to improve the impression of the interior of the house, the exterior shouldn’t be forgotten. Taking the time to do some simple yard work like weeding, mowing, and sweeping the porch can go a long way in making a great first impression. You want your home to say welcome and create an emotional appeal the second a prospective buyer drives up, and the only way to do that is to spend time on those exterior chores that you sometimes find yourself putting off.
Don’t try and sell you home on your own. Let the professionals at Berkshire Hathaway help you navigate the real estate market and put your best foot forward so your home sells at a great price easily. Contact our Santa Fe office today for more information!