Moving can be a big step, but if you’ve been considering selling, now’s a great time to do it. According to the New York State Association of REALTORS, interest rates are down, housing prices are climbing, and property sales increasing. It’s a seller’s market, and a great time to list your house with a realtor. Take advantage of this by getting your house ready to show.
What’s the First Step to Sell a House?
The first thing you want to do if you’re planning on putting your house on the market is to make sure it’s ready to show! First impressions are important and can affect how much someone is willing to pay for the property. Prepare your house as if you have important guests coming who you want to impress.
First Impressions: Listing Your Home
In many cases, the first thing a potential buyer will see of your house is a picture of the front posted in an online listing – so take a look at your house and yard with a fresh eye. Make sure the lawn is tidy and mowed. Clean the front of the house, and consider a fresh coat of paint for the house, garage or fence. Check gutters, downspouts and trim and make repairs if necessary. Remove clutter and try not to have too many cars parked at the curb if not necessary. Buy a new doormat. If possible, take your picture on a sunny day with blue skies.
The Little Things: Simple Ways to Add Value to Your House
Once you’ve caught a buyer’s attention, they’ll want to tour your home. Be ready to impress. There are many small details that can help create a good impression.
- Repaint walls that are scuffed or chipped. This can add far more value to a house than the cost of the paint.
- Ensure doors, windows, and drawers all open and close easily. Oil hinges if necessary. Tighten any loose knobs on doors or cabinets.
- Wash the windows and window screens. Replace any torn screens.
- Clean carpets and remove any stains you can. If you choose to replace a carpet, choose a light, neutral color to brighten the room.
- Kitchens and bathrooms often get scrutiny – so keep yours clean and uncluttered. Polish faucets and fix any leaks. Put away toiletries, medicines, and cooking supplies for clear counter space. Keep laundry in a closed hamper.
- Declutter the house. We all have a tendency to collect things when we’ve lived in one place for a while, but a clear uncluttered appearance is more attractive to home buyers. Try to clean out anywhere items have accumulated, including closets and basement. You may wish to hold a garage sale before showing your home.