Preparing a House for Sale

Do you want to know how to prepare your home for sale? In today’s market buyers are looking for turn key homes, especially here on Long Island when most of the homes need a TON of work. Let me give you some tips on how to make the selling process of your home much easier.

  • Let’s start with what I call the two D’s: Depersonalize and Declutter. You have to depersonalize your home. Buyers don’t want to see your family photos, souvenirs, religious symbols, diplomas/certificates, collections, etc when they look at your home.  Buyers need to envision themselves living in the house and feel welcomed. You don’t want buyers to miss out on key features of your home because they are distracted by your personal items. The next D is to declutter, and that goes along with cleaning. No buyer wants to walk into a home and see a whole bunch of clutter everywhere, as this makes the house feel less spacious. I am a certified staging design professional and recommend to remove around 50% of your items. You want to make the space look clean and inviting and appear bigger than what it is.
  • Organizing also goes along with prepping your home for sale. Buyers are nosey and they like to look in closets so you cannot just shove all your belongings in closets, cabinets, attics or basements as buyers look inside those places.
  • Make any minor repairs that your home may need. Fix a running toilet, a squeaky door as buyers may see these minor issues as problems that lower the value of your home or as a way to negotiate a lower price on the home. You don’t want the buyer to wonder what else is wrong with the home behind the walls. Electrical and plumbing problems are the two most common issues found on home inspection reports-so don’t ignore any issues related to them. Another option can be for the seller to get a pre-listing inspection to point out any issues before the buyer does their own inspection.
  • Don’t forget about painting your home too. Painting a home can bring it to a new level with little cost and if you’re not in the mood to paint then hire a painter. You will get your money back in spades.
  • Last but not least pay attention to curb appeal. This is the first impression that buyers get when they pull up to your home and sometimes they stay here waiting for the real estate agent if they arrived earlier than their appointment time.  This gives them time to study the home from the outside and they can spend a lot of time analyzing and looking at the home before they walk inside.

So remember, first impressions matter. That’s why it’s so important to spend time preparing your home for sale. Just like real estate is location, location, location prepping your house for sale is about details, details, details. You will be glad you took the time and energy to do this when you collect your money at the closing table.

– Yvonne Varas is a Real Estate agent on Long Island, NY
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