Are you or your senior parents planning on selling a house this summer? If so, be sure to have it ready to sell before you put it on the market. That's such a crucial time period and not one to waste. How can you prepare it?
- Go through the house and remove all personal items that you possibly can – photos, statues, special decor, unusual lamps. When the prospective buyers come to look at it, you want them to be thinking "how will my family and our belongings fit in this house." If they see your personal items, that can prevent them from successfully accomplishing their goal and they'll move on to the next home.
- Clean, clean, CLEAN – both scrubbing clean and smelling clean. This is always so vital but especially for those homes that have had pets, smokers, or aging parents with constantly closed windows. Odors remain in carpets, curtains, and sometimes even the walls. Have as much cleaned as possible. I also like to buy several of those deoderizing solids (my favorite is apple/cinnamon – but there are also citrus scents, vanilla, cookies baking, and more). I would put them in every room and when you walked it, the house just smelled so great.
- Stage the items left in the home – whether it's a full house of furniture or just a few items left behind for staging. When we sold one house after we had moved out, it had a bedroom where the dining room used to be so we turned it back into a dining room because that's what buyers were looking for in that market. But I also made sure we noted on the sales info that it could be used as a downstairs bedroom in case any multigenerational families came to look at it. We bought several tall and lovely faux plants on sale at Walmart and placed them in various rooms to give them a nicer look, along with a corner table and lamp artfully placed in various corners to make each room look warm and inviting. We got several great comments as feed-back from other real estate agents and their clients.
- Leave lights on and, if possible, curtains open 24/7. We used to live near several model homes and noticed they always did that and their homes looked wonderful day and night. Thus, I wasn't surprised to see this recommendation several times in various articles on the topic.
- Don't forget the outside. Make sure to have it mowed regularly. This is definitely NOT the time to save time or money by going a few extra days between mowing and trimming. Have it done at least once a week.
- Flowers at the front porch lend a wonderful curbside appeal that seems to say, "Welcome" to all who come.