5 Critical Steps to Prepare a Home for Sale
1. Enlist a Qualified Real Estate Agent —
A good agent has exceptional experience, local market knowledge, connections, negotiating ability, marketing skill, and is enjoyable to work with. Researching and screening agents is time consuming, but doing the homework prior to listing the home saves time, money, and effort down the road. TIP: Let Moving Station recommend two qualified agents for you to interview.
2. Evaluate the Home’s Curb Appeal
First impressions count — a freshly painted door, landscaping, tidy entry, and clean gutters are crucial. Add a splash of color with freshly planted flowers. TIP: At night, exterior lighting makes the home look welcoming.
3. Focus on Effective and Inexpensive Improvements
Minimize dated decor, update the interior with modern paint colors, clean carpets and windows, dust light fixtures, repair torn screens, etc. TIP: Highlight features of home and minimize distractions and problem areas.
4. Minimize Personal Effects
Clutter is the enemy of effective listing photos and successful in-person showings. Counters, dressers, tables, and other furniture should be clear of personal effects. Bookcases, cabinets, and closets should not be overstuffed. TIP: Buyers need to imagine their own lifestyle and belongings within the home.
5. Don’t Procrastinate
Start getting the home ready to be photographed. Taking photos before the home is ready might leave a poor impression that’s hard to overcome. TIP: 95% of buyers begin their search online — exceptional photos are critical.