You thought long and hard about moving. You know it’s a stressful situation between preparing the house for viewing, packing and making the place available. Now that you’ve made the decision to move, it can’t happen fast enough. That is why you should do these six tips to get your house ready for a sale in Cincinnati or NKY.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all you need to do to sell your house. Follow our advice, and you’ll have your house sold before you know it.
We’ve make our latest video to lay out these 6 tips, and if you are trying to sell your house in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, make sure you call Eric Sztanyo at (513) 813-6293. We’ll help you sell your house for more money and less hassle!
1. Get Rid of Clutter
Getting rid of clutter is the first step in preparing your house for sale. Toss out things you don’t need or are broken.
Donate what you can and put knick knacks away. Keep the floors clear, windows open to light and countertops free of anything that doesn’t have a function to be there – you can keep the coffee maker on the kitchen counter. No one would believe real people lived there without one anyways.
Keep it clean! Keep it tidy! Think minimalism and what someone else would want to see.
2. Pre-Pack What You Can
You’re going to be moving when the house sells so why not get a jump on the packing. This could start with the things you pulled off of shelves and counters in the de-clutter stage. But you can take it further by packing books, seasonal clothing and kitchen items not regularly used.
Get a storage unit for a couple of months if possible to organize your move as you pack and get the house as cleared out as possible for the sale. You have to pack anyway. Do it now and think about it as a jumpstart to your move.
3. Double Deep Clean
Once you have everything de-cluttered and packed away, set the furniture in way that stages the home in the most inviting ways. We have a list of 47 tips to get your house ready to sell – just ask us for it. But once everything is up and put away, you can see exactly what needs to be cleaned. Don’t just vacuum; get the carpets cleaned. Scrub the toilets, showers and everything kitchen and bathroom until tiles sparkle and everything looks bright and clean. If you need professional cleaners, we have great referrals for you.
4. Fresh Paint
Paint is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to freshen up a room. It also helps neutralize things so prospective buyers don’t have a judgment on your color choices but instead see how they would put their own accent wall here or paint trim a specific color.
While white is considered a clean slate, you can choose other neutral colors. The most important rooms to consider are the main living spaces where people will get their first emotional impressions as they walk into the rooms.
5. Take Care of the Yard
Spend some time to ramp up the curb appeal of your home. This is the first thing buyers see when they come to an open house or home view. You want to give them a great first impression! While you should make sure the entire yard, front and back, is mowed and free of weeds, spend most of your yard resources on the front.
Make sure weeds are pulled, grass is green and free of brown spots and trees and bushes are trimmed. Windows should be seen from the street without being obstructed by hedges and branches.
6. Follow Your Realtor’s Advice
Your realtor is an expert on what is important to buyers in Cincinnati & NKY. When he does his walk-through, he will help you prioritize the needs to get the house ready. Look at the list and have an honest discussion about what you can and cannot do.
I’m working with buyers every day, and I’ll give you my best opinion on what updates will need to be made to get the best return on your dollar and what updates NOT to do.
At Team Sztanyo, we are ready to help you sell your Cincinnati or NKY house. We have a list of resources at our disposal if you need help with cleaning, repairs or staging. Whatever you need, we can help! Give us a call today!