Selling a home is no easy feat. With the variety of options on the market and the different pieces that have to fall into place, from timing to mortgage loans, it is a wonder that real estate is bought and sold each day. However, over time, real estate agents and other realty specialists have fine tuned both the process of buying and selling homes. For example, it is known that a home that is heavily over priced, is very unlikely to sell. Pricing a home competitively will make a big difference in the amount of time that a home spends on the market. On the flip side, undervaluing a home also means that the current owner who is selling loses money. This is a balancing act that comes with time and experience in the industry. However, there are things you can do in order to prepare your home for sale and give it a helping hand. Here are a few tips to prepare your home to sell from the experts at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
Give Each Space a Purpose
A big part of selling a home is making the individuals who are looking at the space feel as if they’re already home when they step through the door. The best way to do this is to make sure that each space has a clear, concise purpose. For example, the kitchen is used solely as a kitchen or a bedroom is just a bedroom or a workout space, not both. Providing too many options for a space creates a sense of clutter and chaos that makes it hard for buyers to see the home as their own. Before you show the home, move any unnecessary stuff into storage in needed.
Make it Spotless
While you may be a wizard when it comes to cleaning, hiring a professional service to do a true deep cleaning may be your best bet. However, if you’re willing to roll up your shirt sleeves and dig into the details, then that’s great! Make sure that before your first showing that the house is truly spotless. You don’t want potential buyers noticing a dusty window sill or grease build-up on the oven hood. It’s details like those that can easily detract from the beauty of a home and have buyers looking elsewhere in Santa Fe for real estate.
We’d love to say that it doesn’t matter what the outside of a home looks like, and that it’s the inside that counts, unfortunately the curb appeal matters quite a bit. From the time that a potential buyer pulls up to the home for the first time until they make that first step into the home, those first impressions of the outside of the house matter. Take the time to clean up the yard, trim the bushes, and sweep the porch. The more you can do for the exterior of your home to create a great first impression, the better, and many of these tasks cost little to nothing to achieve.
You may love color in your home and on your walls, but when showing a house, brightly painted walls can easily take away from the general appeal of the space. More often than not, a real estate agent will probably ask you to paint your home with neutral colors to cover up any bright or bold colors that you have. The same can be said for carpet as well. Neutral colors are the ideal choice to help potential buyers see themselves and their own belongings in the home.
Puppy Day Care
If you have pets, you probably want potential buyers to love them as much as you do, however, having fido or your fluffy kitty around during showings is probably not the best idea. You want to be able to remove any smells and signs of pets during a showing, and if you have an open house, send your pets off to daycare so they can play without hindering your attempts to see your home.
Knowing some of the tips and tricks of the business can be of huge benefit when you go to sell your Santa Fe home. Having the right real estate agent can make all the difference. Turn to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices today!