How to Prep Your Home to Sell in 2018

The start of a new year often gives us space to pause and reflect on what we hope the new year will bring and our goals and resolutions are set. If you know 2018 means you will want or need to sell your home, here are 10 tips to prep your space and the most out of your important investment.

Five Things to do in Advance of Listing Your Home:

1. Get Rid of the Clutter

The clutter on tables and counters should be cleared up and put away. Often times sellers will overlook cleaning out and organizing closets and cabinets. Potential buyers will want to see how much storage they will have access to. Take time to pack away any off-season items or anything you can live without for a couple of months, so buyers see the space and not your things.

2. Make Things Visually Appealing

Scouring a house from top to bottom is necessary prep work for home sales. Clean the bottoms of the cupboards, dust the cobwebs out of the corners. Take time to look low – baseboards and trim work accumulate dirt and grim. A Magic Eraser is a good start to a good scrub. Cables and cords should be out of sight whenever possible. Using zip ties to group them behind electronics is the best way to keep them organized and less distracting. 

3. Fresh Paint

There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make a home feel brand new! It is a relatively inexpensive way to spruce up your home. And if you have bold or bright colors, a necessary step. Remember to select neutral colors for your new paint. Ask your realtor for thoughts on paint color. They have their pulse on the current trends and what buyers are looking for.

4. Curb Appeal

Look critically at the outside of your home. First impressions make a huge difference in the sale of a home. If potential buyers drive up to a home with peeling paint or overgrown bushes, it adds an air of neglect that gives the buyers a negative impression before they even set foot inside your home.

5. Small Renovations Will Go a Long Way

You can upgrade your home to a more modern look for less by upgrading light fixtures, knobs, and faucets. This simple change will make a huge difference in how your home looks and feels to buyers. You can also throw on a slipcover to old furniture to create the fresh, clean look home buyers want to see.

Five Things to do When Your House is on the Market:

1. Remove the Personal

Remove all personal items from counter tops and showers and store them in an easily accessed bin.

2. Create a Clean Scent

An offputting scent will make buyers flee instead of offer. Make sure that your home smells fresh and clean. However, don't go overboard. Plug in room fresheners and essential oils but keep them mildly scented.

3. Highlight Your Home’s Best Feature

Create an inviting reading nook, place a unique plant on the fireplace mantle, add a bright cushion to a window seat. Draw your buyer’s eyes to the best parts of your home.

4. Front Entrance

Give your front door a new coat of paint and roll out the red carpet – or a new welcome mat! Include a seasonal potted plant to make the entrance homey and inviting.

5. Downsize or Rearrange Furniture

Oversized or cluttered furniture will turn off homebuyers quickly. Arrange furniture for conversation – and not TV. Put the oversized couch into storage during the home selling process, and you’ll have buyers exclaiming over the size and flow of your home.

As you enter 2018 with selling your home on the mind, it’s good to get a head start and make magic happen in your home. I am always available to help in your pre-selling time with consultation on what to do to get the best value for your home.