Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here's What to do First.


If you're getting ready to sell your home, you might be dreading the potential for it to be a long or complicated process... but it doesn't have to be. There are things you can do to make your property stand out so it moves right along into the hands of a new owner. Keep reading for some tips and tricks that will take your house from just listed to sold as quickly as possible.

Declutter and Deep Clean

If you want your house to truly sparkle, you've got some work to do. If you're not sure where you should be focusing first, consider decluttering the perfect starting point. Once that's done, take a minute to enjoy feeling lighter and less bogged down by all of that stuff. Then it's back to work! Without clutter, you'll find your home is much easier to deep clean. Having a brutally honest neighbor or friend over for a walk through once you've done the work is a great idea, especially for identifying potential roadblocks... such as strange odors that you might not notice.

Increase Curb Appeal

There is only one chance for a first impression. And when it comes to making your home market ready, you'll want to spend the time and money to really make your house pop. Edging out and weeding gardens, trimming hedges and other foundation plantings, refreshing mulch, and making sure the lawn is well manicured will all go a long way in making a good first impression. Yes, that will all take some time, but luckily you don't have to do it yourself! For example, if you live in Omaha, find yourself a lawn care Omaha service to beef up the look of your home's landscape and save some time. This will greatly help your home appeal to the buyers. Also, make sure you pay attention to areas of siding that have seen better days, and straighten out crooked shutters. Giving your front door a fresh coat of paint is a quick and inexpensive way to make your home stand out — did you know that one of the best colors for front doors is black? It goes with everything and will give your home a classic feel.

Make Staging Your Friend

Once you've decluttered and cleaned, your next step should be to stage your home. You're going to want to remove personal touches (photographs, personalized decorations, excessive toys) and make your home look as much like a furniture showroom as possible. While it won't be the most homey atmosphere for you and your family, staging definitely attracts potential buyers because it allows them to envision their life in that space. If you can, hire a professional for this part. They have an understanding of current trends and what buyers are looking for, as well as an overall understanding of interior design — what works and what doesn't. They'll bring an objective view to your space, something that can be difficult for homeowners to do because of personal and emotional ties to the home. If you're wondering what to do with everything that's not used in staging, renting a storage unit is the way to go. You don't want to store your belongings in your garage, closets or basement. Those should be buyer friendly spaces as well.

Upgrade Where it Counts Most

The room that makes the biggest impact on potential buyers is the kitchen. Making as many upgrades as you can will pay you back in the long run, because they'll increase your home's overall value... and they could be responsible for your home selling faster. Pay attention to existing appliances as well. Try to find pieces on sale that fit the overall design of the space (and go well together). This is another way to increase value and almost guarantee a return.

While preparing your house for sale is undoubtedly a lot of work, it will hopefully pay you back with a faster sale and return on your investment.