Selling your home can be tough both physically and mentally, and that’s why the team at Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors® in Bakersfield is here to help. As a homeowner, there’s a lot to do to get your home ready to put on the market, and in this post, we’ll look at some tips that can help. When you’re ready to list your home, we hope you’ll give us a call so that we can assist you in finding the perfect buyer and the perfect price. We look forward to hearing from you!
Cleaning the House
This step is one that many people dread, simply because they think of the amount of stuff that they have in the house. Cleaning is essential before listing your home, since you want it to appear presentable to any potential buyer. While you can hire professionals to handle the deep cleaning (carpets, drapes, upholstery), you can get quite a bit done just by tidying up each room, and perhaps a little bit of vacuuming and dusting.
Once the cleaning is done, it will be easier to check on things such as windows and doors to see if they need to be repainted, replaced, or otherwise repaired. Hopefully there won’t be too many issues, but the sooner you know about them, the better!
Simple Updates and Repairs
Cleaning the house can take up a majority of your free time, but it’s also important to focus on any updates and repairs that need to be made. If there are light bulbs that need to be changed or faucets that need to be fixed, then you should be able to handle those tasks. For bigger updates such as swapping out old ceiling fans for new ones, those tasks are often better left to professionals.
Another simple update you can make is to put a fresh coat of paint on some walls. Neutral colors are often best, since you want to create something of a “blank canvas” for when potential buyers come through your open house. You might like certain colors that are bold and interesting, but that doesn’t mean that someone who looks at your house will share the same opinion.
Depersonalize Each Room
You and your family may have lived in the house for many years, and you’ve created many special memories during your time there. There are photos on the walls and keepsakes on the shelves that remind you of how everyone has grown and what you’ve experienced over the years. As you’re cleaning, however, think about packing some of those things away. This can help “depersonalize” the home and add to that blank canvas effect that interested buyers often look for when shopping for a new house. You’re going to be moving anyway, so you can get a head start on packing, and people will be able to see themselves living in the house, instead of all your family photos.
Focus on Curb Appeal
We’ve written before about improving your home’s curb appeal, and that’s because it’s an integral part of getting your house ready to sell. If the trees and bushes in the front yard need to be trimmed, then take a weekend and clip away the excess greenery. You can also hire a professional arborist to handle that job while you paint the fence or focus on other outdoor projects. After all, the exterior of your home is the first thing people will see, and you want to create a good first impression.
Contact Us Today
As you’re getting your home ready to put on the market, you’re likely thinking about who’s going to be interested in buying the property. At Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors®, we love helping people sell their home, and we work hard for every single client. We’ll guide you through the entire process, and we’re always here to answer any questions you have.