Once you make the decision to put your home on the market, it’s time to look at it as a buyer rather than the homeowner. First impressions are the real deal when it comes to selling your home. Getting your home ready for photographs (the very first thing people will see!) and showings are the first steps. Some choose professional staging, but this can get expensive and probably isn't necessary if you are living in the home, especially in a fast-moving real estate market like Bozeman. What you can do is take a thorough walkthrough of your home and look at it with the critical eye of a home buyer. Taking time to do repairs, updates and cleaning can make the difference between selling your home quickly at the best possible price or it sitting on the market for months.
This step will benefit you not only during the home selling process but the moving process as well. Going through and tossing, selling, or storing things you no longer need. Remember that just because you love the shelves full of dolls does not mean a potential buyer will. Clutter makes a home appear smaller so this is an important first step in getting your home ready. While it may be tedious going through everything you will be thankful come moving day!
Cleaning your home to sell is more than your average clean. You want to make your home smell and sparkle like never before.
If there are any repairs you’ve had on your To-Do list for a while, now is the time to get them done.
You want buyers to walk in and feel like it could be their own. This is difficult to do when your home is decorated to your specific taste. Remove some or all family photos, and bold artwork to neutralize the space. Keeping décor, paint and flooring simple is a good way to have a blank palette for buyers to picture their own items in the home. This doesn’t mean empty; a few pieces are necessary to keep the home cozy and warm. Anything to help buyers imagine living in the home.
Once you have done a thorough cleaning and de-cluttering you should be ready for real estate photographs and listing your home. Before each showing a good cleaning will be necessary and picking up any kid or pet toys. Make sure there are no dishes in the sink or clothes on the floor. Do some extras like fresh flowers, decorative pillows on the couch and open the shades to the light in…bonus if it’s warm, open the windows for fresh air!
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