#1 Tip For Preparing Your Home for Sale

The number one tip I have for selling your home is: DECLUTTER. You want your home to look as if the neatest, minimalist humans live there. If a prospective buyer can see why the home doesn’t work for you (and your family) they reasonably assume that it will not work for them (and their family.) Besides location and size, below are some factors that can affect how quickly your home sells.

Curb Appeal Matters (Yes! Even during winter!) Take a walk around your property and ensure leaves, branches and trash have been removed from walkways. In winter look for ice and snow. Consider trimming dry shrubs and trees if overgrown. If you have decorations, are they seasonally appropriate? Has the weather worn through them?

Time For A Deep Clean If this seems like a daunting task, consider hiring organizers. If this is not in your budget because you’re saving for your next move, start packing up your non- essentials, one room at a time.

  • Start with the Kitchen: Clear your countertops, find a cabinet for your day to day appliances (toaster, coffee maker, mixer) and proceed to the cabinets. Pack away, donate or toss the excessive tupperware cabinet, the lids without pairs and your holiday dishes.
  • Then Your Bathrooms: Clear the countertops and toss expired lotions, soaps and medicine. Secure medicine cabinets for showings. If the linen closet is in disarray, consider reorganizing that next.
  • Then Your Bedrooms: Neutral colored comforters photograph the best. Consider clearing bed and surrounding furniture of clothing, towels, blankets, etc.. and then, Closets. Remove 20% of your closet to help prospective buyers see how much space each closet has. If selling during summer, pack away winter clothes. If selling during winter, pack away summer clothing.
  • Finally, Your Living Spaces: Your living room, family room, formal dining and outdoor entertainment spaces are where you spend time winding down and entertaining. If you currently use these spaces for various purposes; i.e; work from home, crafting, play rooms; choose one purpose and define it. Prospective buyers can envision their own uses when each room is clearly defined.

De-personalize Completely removing the pieces you’ve carefully selected for each room may give you a phantom limb sensation but it will help you detach and prepare for your next adventure. Instead of removing your picture frames from the wall, I recommend placing decorative cardstock inside your existing frames. You can flip your personal photos over inside each frame and easily find them once you have relocated!

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