Household Things To Consider Before Selling Your Home

Household Things To Consider Before Selling Your Home

Although you might be ready to get out of your old house and move somewhere new, your responsibility as the current homeowner doesn’t end until the new owner takes over. That said, you can’t expect things to get done without putting in a little work. Prepping your home for the market can help you sell it faster. Whether you want to move within the next year or as soon as possible, you should check out these important household things to consider before selling your home.

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Creating Curb Appeal

It’s no secret that curb appeal is one of the most important factors when it comes to selling your home. The exterior of your house is the first thing potential buyers see, so you need to make it look good. And a good first impression can pay off. Even though you might think your home’s interior is clean and tidy, you may not be able to get people in the door if your yard and porch look disastrous. So consider cleaning up the yard, planting some ornamental trees and flowers, and making your main entryway clean and welcoming. While your home’s interior is crucial, creating curb appeal is equally important to bring in potential buyers.

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Repainting in Neutral Tones

If you have a bright, bold wall in your home, consider repainting it in neutral tones. When potential buyers enter your home, they might see a bright green or yellow room as something they have to fix immediately. In other words, bright, bold colors can be a deal breaker for many people; therefore, using creams, grays, and light blues can help you sell your house sooner. Neutral tones create a blank canvas for buyers to imagine their own style. Even though repainting can be a pain, it’s well worth it in the end.

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Making Necessary Repairs

Repairs are arguably some of the most important things to take care of before selling your house, as nobody wants to buy a home with a leaky roof, damaged drywall, or broken windows. If there are surface-level cosmetic issues, buyers might wonder what kinds of problems would be deeper: under the floors, in the walls or at the foundation. Because of this, making necessary repairs is crucial for the seller. Understanding what needs maintenance and whether a roof repair or replacement is best for your leaking issues can help you determine what you should do to make your home sellable.

Making these repairs before putting your house on the market may save you time and money in the long run. While under escrow, last-minute maintenance and repairs may be costly due to their urgent nature. 

Pro Tip

Make a list of all necessary repairs and decide whether you can do it yourself or need professional help. Time, money, and skill are all factors to consider when deciding whether a project should be DIY. While doing it yourself can save you money, some repairs require a professional.

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Decluttering and Deep Cleaning

Decluttering and deep cleaning are non-negotiable when it comes to selling your house, as potential buyers won’t give a dirty house a second glance. That said, you should clean the place from top to bottom or hire a cleaning company to do so. Clear off countertops, store away kids’ toys, and organize the closets. These three spots can be eye sores if not adequately decluttered. You want the buyer to imagine themselves in your home as if it were theirs. The less stuff you have out, the better they can make this visualization.

If you’re in the middle of selling your house, you’re probably also packing and preparing to move. Getting rid of any clutter before putting your home on the market is best to make it sell faster, and it will make the moving process easier for you.

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Lighting and Ambiance

Ensure that each room is well-lit and inviting. Replace broken light bulbs, open curtains to allow natural light in, and consider adding ambient lighting options. Proper lighting can make your home feel warm and welcoming.

After learning more about these household things to consider before selling your home, you can ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Real estate transactions can be tricky, but you’ll set yourself up for success by keeping the house in order.

If you hire a Real Estate Agent to sell your house, ask them for advice and tips from their personal experience in your local area. What helps homes sell quicker? What gets buyers in the door? What attracts the right buyers? With their expertise, they can tell you if details are especially important to pay attention to and other details that you can pass on. 

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