Getting Your Home Ready For a Preview? Read This First!

by Alex ThatcherMay 29, 2017

Getting Your Home the Attention It Deserves When You’re Selling

A well-staged home can attract more qualified buyers to your property, increase word-of-mouth referrals, generate increased foot traffic through your door, and also create greater online traffic and enquiries to your listing on real estate sites where eager buyers are doing their research.

But getting a home ready for preview requires hard work and proper planning. The end result will likely mean a few extra thousand dollars in your pocket, so any effort you spend will definitely worth it. Here are some things to keep in mind as you start prepping your house for a preview, getting ready to fetch top dollar when you put your property up for sale.
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With Open Houses, First Impressions Matter

More than 80% of all homebuyers are searching online, according to multiple industry reports, and these buyers want as much detail as possible before they visit. What this means is that you should hire a professional photographer to take your house photos before posting them anywhere online. Some recent studies have noted that professional-quality photography could help to boost your home sale price as much as $10,000.

No one knows your home better than you do, so be sure to work with a real estate agent to come up with a great description of everything your house has to offer. This is guaranteed to make the house look more appealing to a prospective buyer across all marketing platforms.
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Create a List of Major Updates and Repairs That Are Needed

Unfortunately, many sellers don’t take the extra time to prepare for an open house the right way, and end up regretting it. Don’t be one of them! Remember, it takes an average of about 1-3 months to get your house prepped and ready for sale. The best way to get started is to create a list of things that need be fixed or upgraded.

Before you start working on what needs to be fixed, be sure to speak with a Realtor to understand which items can substantially increase the value of your home. Focus on the ones that can, and make sure that your budget is well below the anticipated increase in your home value when those changes are complete.

Simple Things You Can Do Before Open House Time Begins

If you prefer to not do anything major, there are still a lot of simple things you can do to update your home without putting a dent in your pocket.

  • Make that curb pretty – Mow the lawn, retouch the trim, sweep the walkway, and plant some flowers.
  • Add some lighting – Buyers love natural light. Open up all the curtains and focus on adding extra light to darker rooms.
  • Be a minimalist (or act like one!) – Buyers find it hard to visualize space if there is too much clutter around the house. Declutter and remove all personal belongings.
  • Get a second opinion – Your home is your baby. Nothing is more beautiful. So ask your friends to critique your home before calling it “ready.”
  • Focus hard on the kitchen and bathrooms – These are critical spaces and can be deal-breakers, so make sure they are spotless. Clean the counter tops and add some decorative pieces to show a little life.
  • Show storage space – Who does not like storage space? Clear out your closets so they are about half-full. Meticulously organize your belongings in the closet to make them picture-perfect.
  • Fix issues that may distract buyers like broken tiles, holes in walls, drawers that jam, burnt out lightbulbs, leaky faucets, and worn-out toilet seats.
  • Take your best buddy out – Every buyer views pets differently. Keep it neutral and remove all pets during the preview.

Let Your Agent Take Care of the Rest

88% of first-time buyers are buying homes through an agent. An agent will get your home listed online and in the MLS, and will make themselves available for inquiries. They’ll place a “for sale” sign in front of your house for passersby, and they’ll also start to market the property to potential buyers/agents via flyers, online advertising, and other critical means.

Last but not the least – dissociate yourself from your home as best you can. Say to yourself, “This is just a house, it’s a product just like the things I see for sale in stores.” Learn to let go of your emotions and keep reminding yourself that the house will be gone soon. There is always something better out there waiting for you!
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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.
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