Marketing and selling your home is a huge undertaking. However, it does not have to be difficult. Once you decide to take that step, organize your tasks into these categories.
- Filter. Start with the largest items then assess smaller items. Do you use this every day? If not, pack it. If so, stow it. Where you have five decorator items, pair it down to three. Where there are three, pair down to one. Decorator items are only used to add color and direct the buyer’s eye to a feature of the home. It is NOT there to “decorate” the space. All daily personal items (e.g., toothbrush, hairbrush, toiletries, hair dryers, etc.) should be placed in small plastic bins that can be easily accessed but kept out of sight when not in use.
- Pack. You are moving. Your home will sell so begin packing now. Only pack those items that you have used in the last 12 months. If there are personal items that you “might use one day”, donate, give away or sell. Don’t pay to move personal items that are not essential to your daily lifestyle. Your moving expenses will be less and you will likely replace them when you arrive at your new destination.
- Detail cleaning of your home is essential. Every surface in the home must sparkle. Baseboards, doors, ledges, window sills, floors, walls, light and plumbing fixtures, stair rails and cabinetry. Clean will outweigh any datedness of the home. An extremely clean and organized home will instill a higher degree of buyer confidence. Also, give an equal amount of time to the exterior of your home. Your property should be landscaped and free from clutter. Your curb appeal is as important as the interior of your home.
- Your home must be presented as a model home that someone resides in. Our complimentary staging consultations will ensure that your home is poised for the best professional photographs and showings.
- Maintain. Never leave the home without ensuring every room in the home is clean, tidy and all personal items are stored. It is a high probability that you will be called for a showing appointment when you are not at home. Always be ready!