Once you’ve made the decision to put your home on the market, there’s a lot of work to be done to prepare every square inch to get you the most from your sale.
What about those improvements you need to undertake before your home hits the market? What do you need to be doing behind-the-scenes to ensure you’re getting the best return on your investment when it comes time to sell? Before you even think about putting your home on the market, there are several things you need to do. The more preparation work you do before listing your home for sale, the more money you’ll make when it sells.
Let’s take a moment to look at how you can get everything in tip-top shape with these 6 of the most important things people forget to do when selling a house in Boston:
Create Curb Appeal
Your yard and the exterior of your house are what create that all-important first impression.
The best way to make that impression a good one is to keep your lawn mowed for showings, lay down mulch to fill up planters, trim any overgrown plants, and plant and water grass seed anywhere the lawn seems patchy.
To get the exterior spruced up, power wash your siding, deck, and front porch, or repaint the exterior. And it’s not only the front of the home that contributes to curb appeal. One of the most common mistakes people make when getting ready to sell their home, or even thinking about selling their home, is that they forget to spruce up that backyard.
Remove the Personal Touches from the Space
It’s a good idea to take any personal photos down in order to allow the buyers to imagine themselves in the living space.
This process is called depersonalization, and it goes a long way to make any buyers feel more welcome when selling a house in Boston. Depersonalization also eliminates distractions from the purpose and focus of the home showing: the home itself rather than you and your family (who will soon be the “previous owners”).
Simplify Your Color Palette
Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls is always a great idea to get everything looking pristine, but consider foregoing any seemingly trendy color schemes for something much simpler. While beige, off-white, and cream are boring colors, buyers love neutrals.
Painting your walls with neutral tones accomplishes the same goal as depersonalizing, and gives your buyers more breathing room to envision what they would do with the space.
Take the time to fill in any nicks or scratches and pay some attention to repairing any damage to the paint on your trim as well.
Make It Shine
Of course, you would expect to clean before putting your house up for sale, but we are talking about extremely thorough deep cleaning here.
The process of selling a house can be overwhelming, especially to first-time homeowners. But focus on making your home beautiful, clean, and well-prepared for every step in the process, and you’ll stay organized all the way through your closing.
For instance, if your carpets are stained, consider hiring a steam cleaning service to come in and work their magic. Put in that elbow grease to remove mildew from kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and then shine them up.
You also want to declutter your living space. This means eliminating any extra items from the living space to make it feel lived in but as open as possible.
A location where this really comes into play is closets. The rule of thumb when decluttering closets is to take everything out of the closet, remove half of the items, and then make sure the remaining half fits well and look organized.
Mind the Details
As a seller, it can become overwhelming trying to get everything ready to go, and then small details can slip through the cracks making your job more difficult when selling a house in Boston.
Keep in mind that if a buyer is looking through your house and notices a detail that bothers her, then she will begin looking much more critically for anything else negative that catches her eye.
Test all light fixtures and bulbs, open and close all doors and windows to make sure they operate smoothly, and check toilet flush, faucet, and shower water pressure. Replacing old hardware on cabinets brings new life to some older styles of cabinetry.
Find the problems before your buyers can, and you’ll be better off for the effort.
Consult Your Agent
The last thing you do not want to forget is that your agent is there to help whenever needed.
Be proactive and ask questions if you’re unsure of something while prepping for sale. If you feel like you’re drowning, you can inquire about hiring cleaning services to help you out or staging to really make your home pop.
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