Purchasing a home is often the single biggest investment a person will make during their lifetime, so it is vital to take time and care in preparing your home for sale. That’s why Realtors Nicole Miller-DeSantis and Noah Ostroff from Coldwell Banker Preferred have offered their advice to help you get the most from your home sale.
“First and foremost, you never get a second chance to make that first impression. So, that means curb appeal,” said Miller-DeSantis. Placing flowers outside your home and fresh landscaping, cleaning or painting the front door and professional window cleaning will all help give potential buyers a great first impression. “The devil is in the details. When you take care of little things, the big things seem to take care of themselves,” said DeSantis.
Making a good first impression is important both outside and inside. “Put out air fresheners, preferably by the front door so that is the first thing buyers smell. Hit on all 5 senses,” Ostroff said.
One of the top priorities for any home seller is to de-clutter. “The reality of it is, you're going to have to pack it up and take it with you anyway,” said DeSantis. “You're selling the house, not its contents.” They recommended removing personal items including photos and collectables. It’s important to clear counters in the kitchen of small appliances like coffeemakers and toasters and removing toothbrushes and toiletries from the bathroom.
“Make your house look staged. People want to be able to see their own belongings in the house,” said Ostroff.
Also, having a home inspection can help you identify and fix major issues prior to listing and it’s also a good idea to focus on the kitchen and bathroom. “Kitchens and bathrooms are where you get your most bang for the buck so if it's in the budget, it may be worth it to update your kitchens and bathrooms if they need some love.” said Ostroff.
By following these tips, you’ll have a winning formula to sell your home for the highest price in the least amount of time. For more information about selling your home, click here.