How to Prepare Your House for Selling
To part with your home which you have owned and lived in for any length of time during which you have gained some precious memories of good and bad times is never supposed to be easy. As if that’s not enough, you might not even be willing to sell but for lack of any other options to save the financial situation.
In such critical times it is important to make up your mind absolutely as to whether to sell or not to sell and get on with it. If you decide to sell, there are things you must do without hesitation to make sure that you get your house on the market like a pro and that your buyers are not displeased with minor aspects of your house. Here is what every home seller should do or hire a professional to do for them before inviting potential investors to view their house.
Am I ready to sell?
Letting go is never easy even when it means moving up. The first person you have to convince that you are actually selling is yourself. You need to see your home as just house and a piece of real estate in which you have stored your wealth and which you must now dispose of to get the finances you need for your next big investment. If you are really looking to sell, now is the time to say goodbye to your beautiful home and soldier on into the future.
Getting Your Home Ready for Viewing
- De-personalize every room. Remove those items that remind the buyer so much about how attached you are to your home.
- De-clutter. This is inevitable whether or not the deal goes through, you will eventually have to remove some of the old stuff. Meanwhile, you can rent a storage unit.
- Find temporary storage. This will help you store things of value to you before you can move into your new home.
- Tidy up. You may need to hire a professional cleaning service if you find it necessary.
- Remove sentimental items. These are a problem in case the buyer covets them and then you say you are going to take them away and the deal is off.
- Rearrange every room for space. Get some new ideas on how to rearrange your rooms to give them more apparent space. Remove necessary furniture if that helps.
- Mind the odors of your home. Enough said.
Having lived in it for years, you are probably not the best judge of the odors of your home. You can use artificial fresheners to mask bad odors and enhance good homely smell by baking something or cheating with a special candle.
In a skinless nutshell, you have a lot to do before you can see this sale through. Remember your buyers are looking for a home of value and place they can visualize as their own and one that will bring happiness to their loved ones. Because you are uncertain about their individual taste and preferences, retain neutral interior décor just so it doesn’t feel empty.