How to Prep Your Home to Sell It

Prospective home buyers look for a lot of things when they start perusing the market. The perfect floor plan, the "right" neighborhood and new appliances are all desires of potential buyers. But, aside from doing a major overhaul of your home or picking it up and moving it elsewhere, there are many things you can do to boost buyers' opinions of your home. Consider these tips about how to prep your home to sell it:

Pay attention to your property's curb appeal.

Potential buyers will judge whether they are willing to give your home a chance by simply looking at it from the outside, says Pro X Realty. If they aren't enchanted by what they see, it will be a battle to convince them that the inside is even worth their time.

Declutter and stage your home for prospective buyers.

You need to be showcasing how awesome your home is, not demonstrating how much stuff it can hold, encourages Pro X realtors. And, while your lifestyle may be so fast-paced that clutter is "normal," buyers don't want to see that.

Clean, clean, clean!

While you're not competing for a housekeeping award, you are trying to make your house look as appealing as possible. The best way to achieve this is to make sure it's squeaky clean. In addition to the "normal" housekeeping tasks, make sure to:

  • Dust the ceiling fan blades and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Polish the appliances.
  • Wash the windows and all glass in the home.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Wash down the walls (and repaint, if necessary).
  • Fix any "honey-dos" you may find along the way, such as loose doorknobs or leaky faucets.

Create a lived-in vignette in various areas.

Pro X brokers suggest that your potential buyers need ideas about how certain spaces in your home can be used. Amp up your staging efforts by physically leaving cues for prospective buyers.

Even though Pro X Realty will do its best to market your home and generate interest with potential buyers, it's up to you to create a desirable property that others are interested in. Your efforts in this process mean the difference between a fast sale and staying on the market indefinitely.