When it comes to selling your home, it is important to appeal to potential buyers in as many areas as possible.  From the interior colors to the exterior landscaping, it’s all hands on deck to get your home in the best condition possible to be listed.  The Sandi Meisse Team has decades of experience with selling homes, and are experts in what buyers are looking for in a new home purchase.  We have created this list of things you should pay close attention to when preparing your home for sale.  

Get Your Home Lookin’ Squeaky Clean

Before you begin taking photos to post on your home listing and having potential buyers tour your home, it is important to make sure that your home is as clean as could be.  By having clean spaces in your home, your rooms and storage areas will appear larger, appealing to buyers.  Having adequate living space in conjunction with plenty of storage space is a top priority to home buyers, so maximizing the visual spaces is ideal.  Here are some areas to pay close attention to when preparing your home to listing and sale:

  • Deep Clean: Shampoo carpets, scrub grout, deep clean appliances and utilities (dishwasher, shower/bath, refrigerator), polish floors.
  • Declutter: Clear countertops of nonessential appliances, organize bookcases (especially built-ins), remove unnecessary furniture.
  • Make Sure Home Smells Great: Treat any existing pet stains to remove odor, freshen curtains, carpets, and other porous materials. 
  • Organize Closets and Drawers: Donate unused clothing, organize drawers in the kitchen/ bathroom, organize closet shelving storage.
  • Clean Unfinished Areas (Basement, Attic, Garage, Etc.): Organize outdoor activity supplies, clean laundry area, sweep up the debris as best as possible on unfinished flooring.

Appeal to the Senses

The first impression is often the lasting impression when it comes to home buyers.  When a potential buyer comes to your home or views your listing online, they are looking to check certain things off of their “must have” lists, such as curb appeal and livable space, and the ability to visualize themselves living in your home.  To appeal to as many potential buyers as possible, pay close attention to these areas when preparing your home for listing and sale:

  • Pay Attention to Décor: Décor palates vary from person to person, so it is important to keep your décor simple.  Avoid excessive use of loud patterns and colors.  By using neutral colors in your décor, you allow buyers to easily envision themselves and all of their belongings in your space.  Lastly, remember less is more when it comes to décor.  Cluttered knick-knacks and over usage of wall art makes it difficult to visualize the space without them.  
  • Depersonalize: This is one that folks often miss when preparing their homes for sale.  Personalization prevents potential buyers from envisioning their family in a space that is already currently occupied by another family.  By removing personalized items such as family photos and children’s artwork, you can trick the mind into thinking that this home is unlived in, and a fresh new place to create all of the fond memories they wish to make in their new home.  
  • Let the Light In: By opening the window shades and curtains, you create the illusion that spaces are larger than they really are.  Lighten your space up by lifting the window shades and tying the curtains back.  Additionally, some home hunters have natural lighting on their “must have” list.  
  • Focus on the Kitchen: For generations, the kitchen has been the most favored gathering place in the home.  Therefore, by making sure your kitchen is comfortable and appears ready to entertain, you are sure to appeal to buyers.  To kick it up a notch, you can leave a special sweet treat on the counter for photos and tours.  The aroma of fresh cookies combined with the subtle reminder of gathering in the kitchen will add to the overall appeal. 
  • Focus on Curb Appeal: Curb appeal is major.  In fact, curb appeal is taken into consideration when determining the market value of your home.  Now is the time to make sure your landscaping looks fabulous.  Mulch those flower beds and rake up any debris around the yard.  It is also a good idea to power wash your siding and driveway to make everything look clean and neat.  Lastly, spend some time focusing on your front porch to make it look inviting.  Add some handing flower baskets or a bistro table to create a space that is both functional and comfortable.
  • Give Each Room a Purpose: You know that room that is the computer room, but also the guest room, but also the arts and crafts room?  The time has come to decide on a purpose for the space.  Again, it is important for potential buyers to be able to visualize themselves in your home.  If your basement is intended to be a game room but is doubling as a guest room, separate the space.  Clear purpose of the spaces is important for buyers to see to decide if the home would meet their needs. 
  • Stage: Staging your home is helpful to maximizing livable space and creating the most inviting environment possible.  You can hire staging companies to come into your home to set up furniture and décor to appeal to buyers on as many levels as possible.  Staging companies often offer services on a daily basis for when you are taking photos for your online listing, and monthly services for when you are showing your home.  

Kick It Up a Notch

You can never do too much to make your home valuable.  To get the best asking price for you home, here are a few additional areas you can improve to increase the value and visual of your home for potential home buyers:

  • Paint: A fresh coat of paint in the interior of your home makes the whole space look fresh and clean.  Spruce up the space by using a neutral paint color that will compliment any appliances or light fixtures or flooring that are in place.  
  • Make Repairs: Preparing your home for sale is the best time to complete your honey-do lists.  Set some times aside to finally get around to repairing that squeaking door hinge, the jammed kitchen drawer and the warped flooring in the bathroom.  Be sure to inspect plumbing and electrical connections.  Repair any roof damage.  Not only will this be visually appealing to the buyer, but it will also eliminate the possibility of a buyer including any repair issues in the closing contingencies.    
  • Make Upgrades to Increase Value: Some upgrades can add value to your home, such as marble countertops and going green with your appliances.  By replacing outdated items with fresh top of the line items, your home’s value will increase, and home buyers will find not having to make upgrades prior moving into the home a huge plus.  
  • Gather Proof of Warranties on Appliances: If you have made upgrades to your home that are still currently under warranty, it is ideal to leave the information for the next homeowner.  For example, new windows and roofs often have a warranty and guarantee on the function of the product for a period of time.  Home buyers like to have this information to reference should any issues arise with any of the work performed on the home.  The same goes for appliances, such as washer and dryer machines and dishwashers, to name a few.  

Are you ready to list your home for sale?  An agent at The Sandi Meisse Team is waiting to help!  To list your home or discuss the next step in the selling process, call 570-402-8536 to schedule an appointment.