What to Do Now to Prepare Your Home to Sell Later
If you're thinking about selling any time in the next 6 months, here are 4 things you can do now to start getting your home ready.
#1: Start De-Cluttering
When our stagers walk through your home, one of the first things they'll tell you is to start de-cluttering. Box up anything that you don't use regularly or any seasonal items. If it is something you get regular use out of, but may not be "pretty," find a spot in the closet where you could stash it for photos and showings.
Go through your closets and remove 50% of what's in there if possible. It's okay to store things in there, but we don't want people to open the door and have an avalanche of stuff fall on them.
Clear off counters in your bathrooms and kitchen as much as possible. And go through your garage to clear it out as much as possible. While selling your home, we want to make sure buyers and inspectors have access to equipment like water heaters, sprinkler system controllers, control panels, and attic access.
When we have buyers walk through your home, we want them to be able to imagine themselves living there. That can be harder to do if there are your own personal photos all over the house.
For safety reasons, we recommend removing or securely storing anything with personal information, especially in children's rooms.
#3: If it's broke, fix it!
Now's a great time to fix those items you know could be an issue when selling - broken windows, sprinkler systems, faulty equipment, etc. It may also be a good idea to have your HVAC system serviced. It's not uncommon (especially here in Texas) for buyers to ask for that once you're under contract. If you can show it's been serviced recently, you can avoid having to do that before closing.
#4: Give your home a facelift.
Paint the interior and exterior. Freshen up your landscaping. Have your carpets cleaned and stretched. Clean the inside and outside of your windows. These are all small things that will have a big impact on the overall appearance of your home