If you're considering selling your home, you want to make sure the house is purchase-ready to attract the highest and best offer. The better prepared you are prior to listing your home, the easier it will be to attract and sell to a prospective buyer. Here are some tips for getting your house market-ready:
Start with a blank canvas: Look at your home from the perspective of a potential buyer. You will want to neutralize your space so anyone interested in the house can see its full potential. Neutralizing the space can be as easy as painting the walls a soft white or removing patterned decor.
Get the most bang for your buck: If you want to increase the value of your home, keep it simple with upgrades such as enhancing curb appeal with inexpensive landscaping. The first impression your home makes on a buyer is key to selling your home quickly. Keep in mind that your aesthetic will be different than those looking to purchase your home, so avoid updates to the kitchen and bathroom that may repel the next homeowner. If your appliances are older, consider upgrading to energy-efficient models which will increase buyer appeal.
Price your home to sell: Pricing your house right the first time will help it sell faster. Increase your chances of attracting the highest and best offer by working with your listing agent to price your home accurately, and factor in variables including comparable homes that have sold in the area or similar locations, new active listings, and the type of home, neighborhood, condition, etc.
Staging: Staging your home is a fine balance between making your home inviting and showing a blank canvas for the next homeowner to envision how the space will fit their life. Your home should look inhabited but clean; uncluttered but not sterile. Taking the extra step to stage your home can make a difference in how a buyer values it and the price you might get for it.
Setting yourself up for success as the home-selling process begins will help save you time, money and will minimize stress once the house goes into contract.