Prepare Your Home
Before any potential buyer views your home, you want to make sure you present the best possible product. You only have one opportunity at a first impression, and you want to make sure it's a good one. A few more suggestions on putting your best foot forward might include:
- Disassociate yourself with your home: It is time to look forward at your future. Envision yourself handing over your keys to the new homeowners. Start thinking of it as a house not your home.
- De-personalize. Buyers sometimes can not see past your personal pictures and belongings. So pack up your personal and family pictures and heirlooms, because you don’t want potential buyers to be distracted.
- De-Clutter. This is a perfect way to get a head start on the packing you will need to do and clear out the junk. Remove books from bookcases, pack up your knickknacks, clear the kitchen counters and store items out of sight that you may have to use on a daily basis.
- Rearrange kitchen cabinets and bedroom closets. An organized and clean house will help the buyer know you have taken care of the rest of the house. Line up shoes, hang all shirts the same way, stack dishes nice and neat & alphabetize your spice rack can go a long way (okay this may be a little excessive, but you get the idea).
- Rent a storage space. Removing extra furniture to clear paths and make your home look larger will keep buyers from second guessing square feet and picturing their own furniture in the house. Leave just enough furniture to showcase each room .
- Remove your favorite items. If there is built in appliances or fixtures that you want to take with you take them and put them in storage now. If a buyer doesn’t see it they won’t want it. If you are planning on purchasing a new big screen, let buyers know that you “could’ include the big screen TV with the house.
- Fix minor repairs around the house. Paint outdated rooms, fix cracked counter and floors. Don’t give buyers reasons to remember your house as that fixer upper
- Give the house a deep cleaning. Wash the windows, clean the cobwebs from the ceiling corners, polish the chrome, dust everything, and place air fresheners in the house.
- Curb appeal. A buyer is going to judge your exterior also. Make sure your sidewalk is cleared. Mow the lawn. Touch up faded paint. Trim your bushes and plant some flowers. Make sure your house number is visible.
As a part of our IQ Selling System we have your home pre-inspected, professionally cleaned and even a handyman help prepare your home to look it's best. We also provide the buyer of your home a 12 month home warranty to give them a the piece of mind that they are buying a great Colorado home.Next Step: Showing Time