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5 Things to Do Right Now if You're Thinking about Selling Your Home


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5 Things to Do Right Now if You're Thinking about Selling Your Home

If you're thinking about selling this year, it's never too early to start prepping. Here are 5 Things to do right now if you're thinking about selling. 

  1.  Declutter like you have never decluttered before. This includes the garage and basement. Throw out, donate, or pack up as much as you can. Buyers respond so much better to a tidy house and you will thank yourself when it's time to move. 
  2.   Deep clean. Buyers equate the cleanliness of a home with how well it has been maintained. Get all the little details like baseboards, vents, utility rooms, and switch plate covers. You also want the house to look clean from the outside so get your windows washed and clean up the exterior. 
  3.  Take care of any deferred maintenance. Redo the caulking around showers, tubs, and sinks, replace the HVAC filters and any burned-out light bulbs, clean out the gutters and dryer vent, and take care of any paint touch ups. Think about those fit-it items that have been lingering on your to-do list and get them taken care of. 
  4. Address any strong odors. Whether from smoking, cooking, or pets, a strong smell can immediately turn off a buyer. Painting, vent cleaning, replacing carpets, and ozone machines can all help keep your home smelling neutral. Fresh and clean air is the goal- not air masked by perfumes and candles.
  5. Floors. Floors are just one of those things that buyers really don't like having to address so the condition of the floors makes a big impact on how buyers will respond to your home. So if your carpets have seen better days, either replace them with new carpet or luxury-vinyl flooring and if you have hardwoods, get any scratches buffed out and get them restained if needed. 
*Bonus Tip*: Don't do anything that's not necessary! So often we meet with sellers who have a list of things they think they need to do but they really don't. We know what buyers are and aren't willing to pay a premium for so please don't waste your time and money guessing about which projects will affect your home sale. We would be happy to provide you with a custom Home-Prep Check List specific to your house so that you can focus on the projects that will have the biggest return on your investment. To get your custom Home-Prep Check List, just call, text or email.