Spring came quickly this year in Loveland, Co. and Northern Colorado, so that means if you are planning on selling your house this spring or summer, it’s time to get to work! Preparing a property to be put on the market can be time-consuming and attention needs to be paid to every detail. When it’s time to have an open house, your home will be that much more appealing to potential buyers if certain things are done. Those looking to buy a house have their own expectations, so when they come into a house that they are interested in, they want to be able to envision their own belongings in the space. Clean clutter, depersonalize the rooms and freshen up the curb appeal are just a few things that can be done to entice home buyers. If you are looking to upgrade for you and your family to grow or downsize into something for manageable, follow these tips for selling your house. Contact The Janes Group Real Estate when you are ready to put your house on the market.
A clean house can seem clutter-free, but clearing clutter in order for a house to be put on the market is taking it another step further. Clutter means more than picking up the toys from the living room floor. Clutter is the very beginning of packing up your belongings. Knick-knacks on bookcases, magazines laying on the coffee table, coats hanging on the coat hanger in the entry, anything that can easily be put away should be.
Clearing clutter and depersonalizing your house go hand in hand. Depersonalizing can be an emotional process, but is essential when it comes to selling a house. After having lived in a home for years, you may not notice photos in the hallway or cute magnets on the refrigerator, but these are the things that potential buyers seeing the house for the first time will notice. Home buyers shouldn’t feel like they are visiting a neighbor or a friend, they should look at the home and see themselves settling down in the house.
Even if you didn’t choose a bright red feature wall for your bedroom or a yellow room for a child, giving rooms a fresh coat of paint will allow the rooms to look as if they haven’t been lived in before. After taking down photos and picture frames that were nailed to the wall, use some spackle to fill in the holes and finish with a neutral wall color.
Preparing a property for selling doesn’t mean a lot of money needs to be spent. Cleaning up debris in the yard from over the winter can make a big difference in the overall appearance. If possible, have the driveway and the siding of the house pressure washed to clean up the house. If there are bushes or flower beds, tidy them up with some trimming or mulch.
Again, a lot of money doesn’t need to be spent getting a house ready for sale. However, if there are broken windows, leaky faucets, squeaky kitchen cabinets, or a big stain in the carpet, these things should be repaired or replaced. Unless there will be a return on your investment, there’s no need to remodel the kitchen or have new floors put in.
Keep in mind that these projects will take up a good chunk of your time, so the sooner you start, the easier it will be later. Buying and selling real estate is a complicated and time-consuming process, but little things like changing a lightbulb will make a big difference. For a real estate agent who is passionate about selling your house quickly, contact The Janes Group to get started.