Preparing Your Home for Market
One of the biggest challenges homeowners face when preparing their homes for sale involves cleaning up and cleaning out the various living spaces and storage areas of the house. This process is two-fold. First, you want to engage in a thorough deep cleaning of the entire property, inside and out. In short, you want your home to “sparkle and shine” for prospective buyers.
Second, homeowners want to remove all unnecessary furnishings and possessions from view. Today’s best practices suggest that a simply furnished and uncluttered home will attract more interest and sell more quickly. Potential buyers are always looking for large and spacious rooms with ample storage space in the attic, basement or garage.
Sort through Your Cherished Belongings
Over time, most homeowners accumulate far more possessions than can comfortably be displayed at any one time. Closets and other storage areas become over-stuffed with things that are no longer family favorites or that have been left behind by family members who have moved.
Living spaces can also become cramped. For example, how about that extra coffee table you just can’t seem to part with, piled high with books and magazines you haven’t had a chance to read yet. Then there’s Grandpa’s favorite overstuffed recliner sitting smack dab in the middle of the living room, the only spot that allows him to both see and hear the TV.
What to Do Next
There are three easy remedies to this situation:
Garage sales: Garage sales can be a fun and profitable way to unload unwanted or unneeded clothing and household goods.
Charity: Give unwanted or excess items to a local charitable group such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Your generosity will be rewarded with a tax deduction.
Self-Storage Units Items you wish to keep and and/or move to your new home, can be easily and inexpensively stored in a public self-storage facilities. These units come in a variety of sizes, and rentals are available on a month-to-month basis. And you’ll still have options one and two available if you decide not to keep these things after all.
Staging your Home
Once you’ve gone room by room to sort through furniture and other belongings, you may want to enlist a professional stager. Top real estate professionals can help connect you with a good stager. A stager will come in and work their way through your home, arranging each room in a way that appeals to buyers and increases their interest in making it their own.
Real estate agents who are certified by AdvantageU™ – Home Sellers’ Resource are well qualified to assist homebuyers at every stage of the process..st