Whether you are upsizing or downsizing, jumping back into the house hunt is an exciting time, but what are some of the first steps you should take when getting your home ready to go on the market? Finding an agent that you feel would be the best fit to represent you, be able to negotiate the sale of your home, as well as be your advisor through the entire process should be part one. But after you do that, what should you do to get your home ready to be seen by the public?
Consider a pre-listing inspection:
In many cases, the buyer of your home wants to inspect the house before purchasing the home. With that, it may be a smart move to consider a pre-listing inspection. This will not only give you an idea of what potential buyers will find when they do their inspections on the property, but it also gives you a chance to make some essential fixes or updates to the home, so you have no surprises once you go under contract.
It is time to purge the closets, bins in the garage, old clothes that you haven’t worn in years, and really anything that might be taking up space. Hold a yard sale, donate what you can, and make your home feel open and welcoming. It is crucial to allow the buyer to see the home and see the potential it has to be their own.
Deep Clean and stay clean:
Before selling and while the home is on the market, it is essential to make it as clean as possible. Like I mentioned in the decluttering section above, make your home feel welcoming. Buyers go off of first impressions a lot of the time, and walking into a dirty home or one that may have an unpleasant scent may deter them from seeing the true potential and value in the home. It is a good idea to hire a professional and keep them on through the home selling process to ensure that your home stays as clean as possible.
Depersonalize your home:
When selling your home, you want to have a perfect balance of warmth and inviting for potential buyers. To do this, it may be an excellent idea to take down framed pictures, personal calendars, and bulletin boards. A few framed photos or general things to make the home look lived in is fine, but for the most part, you want it to be a clean slate.
Have professional pictures done:
I can’t stress this enough. If you or your Realtor are planning on taking pictures with their iPhone, that is a red flag, and you should strongly reconsider. You want your home to sell, and you want to present the best image possible of your home. Hire a Realtor who will use a professional photographer to do the pictures for your home. Especially in Florida- there are a lot of buyers looking to purchase the home without ever stepping foot inside, so having professional photos can be crucial to getting the best price for your home!
There are many other potential things you can do before listing your home. IF you’re considering selling, make sure to reach out to us here at the Sarasota Home Specialists to help you through the process!