You would never dream of inviting family and friends to your home without making certain preparations, so why would you ever think of inviting potential buyers without first making the necessary updates and preparing your home to sell. If you’re like most sellers, you want to get as much as possible for your home and you want to do it as quickly as possible. To accomplish your selling goals you should ensure you’re putting your home’s best foot forward and making a good first impression with potential buyers.
After you've lived in a house for a while, it becomes much more than four walls. Over time your house becomes a home and is filled with lot of good memories. With that said; your first step to preparing your home for sale is to depersonalize. All personal photos, knick knacks, and other personal household items should be packed away. By removing all personal items you allow a potential buyer to walk through your home, and envision their belongings and decor without being distracted by yours. This may be difficult to do at first, but the task will be much easier if you start to think of the move as a new beginning rather than an ending.
In addition to removing all personal items, you must remove any clutter from the home. A clean home seems larger and more inviting; whereas a home with many items lying around could give the impression that the home is too small or has inadequate storage. Pack up any knickknacks, remove your children's drawings from the refrigerator and clean up your counter space in both the kitchen and bathrooms. Also make sure that you have any carpet stains removed, windows cleaned, fresh linens placed in the bedrooms and bathrooms, etc. You would be surprised how many people pay attention to even the smallest of details, so also be sure to fix any small repairs that could be a turnoff for buyers. Last but not least, make sure your home looks just as good on the outside as it does on the inside. This means that your lawn should be cared for, flower beds must be maintained and any outdoor clutter must be removed.