Since over five million homes were sold in the US in 2018, it may seem like selling properties is simple and straightforward. However, selling your property is a huge undertaking, and one of the most important parts of the process is making sure that your home is attractive to potential buyers. There are a few things that you'll have to do once you decide that you want to list your home, including staging interior rooms and doing repairs.
Read on to see some of the ways you can make your property more attractive to potential buyers.
Repair Damage Before Selling Your Property
The first thing that you should do when considering selling your home is to get an inspection done. This will let you know what things need to be fixed, like a cracked foundation, leaking plumbing, or old and broken windows.
Completing those repairs and any other general maintenance that you've put off can help facilitate a sale. This is because your buyers won't have to do those repairs themselves after they move in.
Of course, if you are selling a house to a cash buyer, this won't apply. You'll be making the sale quickly, and they'll likely be tearing down and completely replacing your property.
Staging encompasses a few different things, but in general, it boils down to making your home look tidy and well lit. You'll want to leave your closets half empty, remove newspapers and built-up clutter, and do a thorough cleaning to remove any dirt, grime, or pet fur.
As a side note, if you do have pets, you should board them while you are showing your home. Not only can new people coming in and out freak out your animals, but they can easily mess up a properly staged room, increasing the amount of work that you have to do.
It's also a good idea to clean the windows, remove the drapes, and trim any trees that brush up against your home. This allows more natural light into the room, and you can even open the windows if the weather is nice out to create airflow.
In some cases, it may make sense for you to hire a professional cleaner to go through your home and clean it top to bottom. You may also want to talk to a real estate agent to see if she knows a home stager: these are professional interior designers that will redecorate your home to make it more appealing to buyers.
Hire a Professional to Help You Sell
The general guide above can help you through the process of selling your property, but the best thing that you can do is talk to a real estate agent. They have years of experience in the field and will be able to handle any questions or problems that you run into. Further, they'll also know the local market and laws, which can help you sell your home faster.
For more information about decorating the interior of your home, check out the Decor and Design section of our site!