5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to List

Family with For Sale sign in front of house

“Overwhelmed” is the term that readily comes to mind when contemplating the task of listing your house for sale.

The good news? An investment today in time and energy can pay off handsomely once the sale is complete. “If you can keep that sales goal in mind, it can act as a real incentive in helping you to get started,” says Dianne Montana, an Associate Broker with Realty Network Group.

Whether you decide to hire a professional stager or do the job yourself, there are some proven strategies that can go a long way in securing a successful sale. Consider these tips to get started:

1. Abolish the clutter

Buyers want to be able to walk into a home and immediately visualize themselves living there. That’s hard to do with a house full of knickknacks, toys and personal items. Walk through your house and look at things from a buyer’s viewpoint. Pack away the family photos and mementos now in anticipation of your move.

“You want buyers to walk in and see a clean slate,” says Montana. Excess furniture is one of the single biggest contributors to clutter. Renting a temporary storage unit can solve this problem.

Once the clutter is cleared, roll up your sleeves and get started on a deep cleaning.

Whether you hire a service for this or do it yourself, everything, including floors, rugs, windows, kitchen appliances, and countertops needs to shine.

2. Draw up a list of repairs

Make a list of everything that needs to be fixed, painted or replaced. Call now to schedule repairmen so that the work is completed by the date you plan to list the house.

3. Use neutral shades

Nothing turns off a buyer more than jarring colors. That red and black hockey mural in your son’s room could be just enough to keep a buyer from visualizing the space as an office or study.

Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to transform a room. Subtle, sophisticated colors will appeal to a larger group of buyers.

4. Focus on key rooms

According to professional stagers, buyers are most interested in three areas: the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. In the living room, create cozy conversation groups by pulling furniture away from the walls. Brighten the kitchen with simple touches like fresh paint or new cabinet hardware. Turn the bedroom into a welcoming retreat with classic, understated colors in bedding and window dressings.

5. Don’t forget the outdoors

“Many buyers make up their mind about a house before they even walk in the front door,” says Montana.

Make that first impression count. Invite buyers in by trimming dead foliage, touching up front door paint, making sure that light fixtures are clean and in good working order. Brighten the front porch with a pot of fresh flowers.

Count on the team at Realty Network Group to give you tips on how to present your home to its best advantage. To learn more or schedule a free market analysis, visit RealtyNetwork.net or call 570-585-6880 today.