A Recipe For Happy Homeselling

Dated: 11/14/2017

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Once you've decided to list your house, the prep work to get your home "show ready" is vital.

As your house joins others like it for sale, it's important that it presents as well - or better - than all the rest in its price range so that yours is the one picked by buyers to buy.

How do you increase the chances of your house getting picked?

By focusing on the home seller's recipe for home selling success, and making your home "snap and pop" in four key areas: clean, green, light, and bright.

CLEAN. Experience shares that this category is the one that many sellers want to avoid all-together, and most of the time that's a very big mistake. It's the category that can have the greatest level of impact of a "yes" to a "no" to a potential buyer.

A different level of "clean" as compared to your typical weekly housecleaning, you'll want to be sure to hit all those "nooks and crannies," including a thorough scrubbing of windows, appliances, cobwebs in corners, and dust on moldings.

For some, it may be worth the investment to hire a housecleaner or maid service to assist, while for others, a little extra elbow grease will do the trick. This category is where "decluttering" can be placed, too.

A thorough inventory and cleaning-out of your closets, cupboards, garage, attic, and basement will be key in freeing up space to reflect the amount of square footage in your home. Having too much "stuff" makes a house feel small and cramped - exactly the opposite of what you want to have come to mind when a buyer thinks of your home, as compared to other homes that they may be considering.

As a bonus, having gone through all your things ahead of time will make it easier to pack when your house sells.

GREEN. The exterior of the home is obviously the first thing a buyer will see when they drive up for a showing of your house. As the saying goes, "first impressions are lasting," so ensure that a buyer's impression is a positive one.

Focus on the biggest potential wows: a raked/mowed lawn, fresh mulch in the garden beds, a fresh coat of paint on the front door, a power wash of the house, a mailbox in good repair, etc.

While these items make a simple weekend warrior to-do list, not addressing these items will surely do more harm than good when you list your home for sale.

LIGHT. The right light in any room can make it appear bigger, airier, and more desirable. Where used and when possible, window coverings should offer privacy without compromising natural sunlight.

Upgrade your lightbulbs to the brightest practical wattage. While it's true that they may use a bit more energy upfront, it may make a huge difference to the overall showing experience of your buyer. When it's time for a showing, open the curtains, and turn on all the lights in the house to show off your homes features and space.

Remember, in the minds of a buyer, dark = smaller and light = bigger.

BRIGHT. A fresh coat of builder-neutral paint will do a world of wonders for the interior of your home, and in the buyer's mind will be one less thing they have to do once they move in.

A buyer may or may not remember which shade of gray that you chose for the guest bedroom; they will however, certainly remember the Pepto-Pink (and the time and cost that it will be for them to change it once they move in).

Getting your house ready for sale takes planning and prioritizing. By breaking down the tasks to get your home "show ready" in the home seller's recipe for selling success of clean, green, light, and bright, you'll be focusing on the things that make your house "snap and pop."

Focusing on these simple details are what may give your house an edge over the competition. And when it comes to selling your house, that can make all the difference.


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