Preparing Your Home For Sale
To prepare your home for sale
Here are some helpful tips that everyone selling a house should follow:
- First Impressions Matter
A well-kept lawn will do more than please neighbors. Make sure the outside of your house is attractive. This includes landscaping, painting problem areas, and making minor repairs.
- Make your Home Shine
A clean house goes a long way. Have the carpets cleaned, the floors mopped, and the counters scrubbed. Potential buyers want to picture their new home as perfect and spotless.
- Pets should be taken out during a showing.
- Potential buyers open closets and cabinets – store all unnecessary items and neatly arrange what is left.
- Hang fresh towels in bathrooms.
- Who Likes a Hoarder?
The rule of thumb here is: if you don’t need it – toss it. That means throw out those magazines you’ve been meaning to read. Taking out half of the items in your closet will make a huge impact. You want to make your house appear as spacious as possible.
- Let there be Light!
Did you ever hear the expression “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”? When preparing for your home to be shown, turn on all the lights and open all the blinds. You want the buyer to feel at home. It’s also a good idea to take care of household odors. For instance, prior to a showing, bake cookies or set out a bowl of apple pie-scented potpourri.
- Price it Right
Asking the right price for a home can be the difference between a fast sale and begging for renters. Work with an experienced real estate agent who understands Omaha and its economy and gives you good advice on how to price your home. To find what homes in your neighborhood are selling for click here.
- Work with a Professional
Don’t pick your friend or aunt to sell your home because it’s a nice thing to do. You need a real estate agent you can trust, someone with a proven track record in your price range and knowledge of the Omaha market.
- The Kitchen Makes the Home
The kitchen is the most important room in the house. An updated kitchen will pay for itself when it comes time to sell. A new stainless steel stove or a neutral paint job will save you money or even return more to you in the long run.
- Make it Their Home
You want potential buyers to have a blank canvas when walking through your house. Take down family photos and memorabilia. Buyers should see themselves living there.
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