Preparing Your Home for Sale

Selling a home is definitely a time intensive project, and the name of the game is to get as high of a resale price as possible. Retaining a good real estate agent with a history of closing deals is a good first step, but by no means is your work done once you have this wonderful agent!

First of all, you need to clear out clutter from your home. If you have books and magazines lying around next to your 8 year old’s dirty T-shirts in the living room, even the newest remodeling job will not help you. Clutter makes a home look smaller, and space is one of the biggest criteria new buyers have when home shopping.

Secondly, never forget that the most important room in the house is the kitchen. Remember how people congregated there during your last party? If you have older appliances or an old countertop, replacing them can be measured in positive ROI. Make sure the floors don’t squeak, and take most of your kitchen appliances off the countertops before showing your home.

Investing in a window washing service can also make a world of difference in the amount of light your home has during the day, which is when prospective buyers will see it. Also, leaving the lights on during an open house is an old realtors trick which really works.

Take a look at your home for dark areas, and add floor lamps or invest in a few can lights to brighten it up.

If you really want to get maximum resale for your home, put your stuff in storage and invest in a professional home staging service. These services can work magic, and almost make you want to keep the home after all!