So today we are going to talk about one of the questions I get asked a TON from my sellers which is, what do they need to do to sell their home?
So I've been in real estate for a while now and have been on hundreds of listing appointments and the good news is, most of my sellers think they have WAY more to do than they actually do, which is music to their ears when we meet!
So when I discuss with them what I really need them to do before we go active, they're usually relieved and instead of being overwhelmed, they are excited about moving forward. There are some exceptions but generally speaking, most of my clients are in pretty good shape.
There are going to be some universal key things you can address to put your best foot forward prior to listing your home so read on!
You'll want to make sure the front yard landscaping looks great. Examples would be getting some fresh bark mulch in the flower beds, de-weeding and taking out any dead plants, etc, and trimming up anything that is overgrown or blocking the view of the home.
We also want to make sure the front door looks good, so a nice fresh coat paint or stain and hardware that is in good shape are always recommended.
Staging is key to optimizing your home for photography and showings. My professional stager will meet with you at your home before your home goes active and she's going to go room by room with you to make sure you know what to move out of each room, how to arrange items, etc. You'll declutter, depersonalize and really show off the home instead of your decorations so the photos will shine and buyers will be able to focus on your home instead of your decor both in the photos and in person.
Discuss Condition Items
We'll also address any other condition or repair items when we meet during our listing appointment. So say your entryway is painted a really bright color, I may recommend toning it down a bit or offer other suggestions based on the property condition.
It is one of those questions that it does depend on the property, but rest assured that usually what you're thinking you have to do to get your home ready to sell, the list that you have in your mind is usually going to be a lot shorter in reality.
I hope that answers your questions and helps set your mind at ease if you're wondering what you need to do to sell your home.
For more home selling tips or questions check out my post that answers the question Do I Need to Update My Home Before I Put it on the Market?