Try to carefully plan when it is best for you to move. If you are selling your house to move into another, you risk having to carry two mortgages if you buy the next home before the current home is sold. Put your home on the market as early as you can to give it maximum exposure time before you do your own house hunting. There are ways around carrying two mortgages such as using a home-sale contingency in an offer for your next property, but these types of contingencies often weaken the offer.
Give Your Home some Curb Appeal
You want a “For Sale” sign in your yard to lure potential buyers to come inside. If the curb appeal on the outside of the house is not up to par, however, those buyers may never want to come inside! Make sure you house is in good shape on the outside so buyers will want to see more. Be sure to:
• Keep shrubs and other landscaping trimmed
• Rake leaves or keep walks shoveled depending on the season
• Plant fresh flowers if the season allows
• Paint windows, shutters, doors or any siding that is faded or peeling
• Hide garbage and excess outdoor equipment (lawn mowers, hoses, etc.)
• Consider filling in cracks in the foundation or walkways
• Consider recoating the driveway
Keep the Inside Appealing
Getting buyers inside your home is only half the battle. Now you have to win them over with the interior! The biggest thing you can do to make your home show well is to simply clean up! De-clutter as much as possible. Potential buyers want to be able to see themselves living in your home. Get rid of extra furniture to make rooms look larger. Rent a rug cleaner to make sure your carpets are as clean as possible. Before showings make sure all the beds are made, carpets are vacuumed, and your home smells good! Consider odors from any pets you have. Ask your realtor to honestly tell you home the home smells since you are probably accustom to it!
If you are really trying to get top dollar for your home, there are a couple things you can do that require a little more effort. Unfortunately your wall paper and/or borders will most likely not be in the taste of most buyers. All buyers will see is all the work required to remove them! Removing any wallpaper and painting all rooms a neutral color will really help a buyer to be able to envision their own style of finishing the room.
Finally, prepare your home for each showing by setting a good mood for the buyers. Straighten up, put clean guest towels in the bathroom, buy fresh flowers, or even bake some frozen cinnamon rolls before each showing. Try your best to see your home as an outsider would and prepare accordingly!