Are you planning to be a First Time Home Seller?
Thinking about putting your home on the market this spring? It’s never too early to start planning for your upcoming home tours. And there’s a lot to think about. Perhaps one of the most crucial pieces to finding that buyer will be staging your home properly. And that means…..de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter.
Having your stuff lying all around the house tends to tell prospective buyers that “this house is someone else’s place, not theirs”…never a good message to send. Removing clutter will not only help your home appear clean, well maintained, and move-in ready, but will also give you the added benefit of being one step closer to your move. Why is this my first step of the process? Because you want your chosen agent to see your home in a better light with the idea they will see more value too.
5 easy tips a first time home seller must follow.
Having a place to put all your stuff should be a priority. Storage pods are a great alternative to cluttering up the garage.
1. Prepare for a de-cluttering marathon. This is a big, sometimes emotionally draining task and is best tackled in small bites. You’ll want to gather some de-cluttering tools before you begin. Garbage bags, boxes, tape and cleaning gear can be most helpful. If you find yourself having trouble staying organized throughout the process you may want to start three piles labeled “throw out”, “put away”, and “charity.” This approach will keep you from throwing out things you want to save, and saving things you want to throw out.
2. Throw out old, unused stuff that tends to find itself on countertops and shelving such as junk mail, bills, receipts, etc…. Outdated paperwork can also find its way into drawers and closets. Potential buyers want to see homes for sale that have lots of counter space, not your mail or last Sunday’s paper. So don’t let the junk mail keep you from receiving an offer.
3. Sort through closets to find extra storage space. If your closets are overflowing with “stuff”, it may be time to do some closet purging. Potential buyers love to see storage space when they open closets. If the buyer’s eye goes directly to the boxes, cloths and clutter, they won’t notice all the great storage space you have. Overflowing closets also have the habit of telling buyers that your home doesn’t have enough storage. But not to worry, there is an easy fix to the full closet….. If you haven’t used something in a year, throw it out.
4. Clear out book shelves to give your room an open, lighter feeling. Again, buyers are looking for homes for sale that have lots of storage space and if shelves are packed with stuff, buyers will think your home is small. Maintaining book shelves that are organized and half-full gives the appearance of space and can make a room feel larger than it actually is. And don’t forget to pack up the majority of your personal pictures when staging your home. You want potential buyers to see themselves in your home not your Nieces and Nephews.
5. Maintaining clear kitchen countertops has the potential to visually double the size of your kitchen. Always a good thing. The golden rule for countertops is to have no more than two appliances sitting on the counter. Homes for sale that feature vast expanses of countertop space will have a competitive advantage in today’s buyer’s market. And it would be a shame to miss out on an offer because kitchen clutter overshadowed your fabulous countertop space.
You are now just about ready for these 26 seller tips.
And last, but not least, celebrate! If you’ve managed to de-clutter your entire home, then you, the first time home seller, deserve a giant pat on the back. You’ve just completed the most inexpensive remodel of your home possible. Potential home buyers will see the value in your work and you will be rewarded with more offers and, potentially, a much higher sales price!