Help In Preparing Your Tucson Home For Sale
In preparing your home for sale, your goal is to make a potential buyer comfortable in the home and able to envision this as THEIR home. The goal is to, as much as feasible, make your home shine and glow like a model home. You will want to consider:
- Cleaning the entire home: Scrub tile, sinks, tubs, showers in kitchen and bathroom. Clean hardwood floors, steam clean carpets and drapes, and consider replacing damaged or spotted carpet. Get rid of dust bunnies. Repair cracks and holes in the walls.
- Decluttering: You want the potential buyer to see the home and not be distracted by the clutter of everyday life and accumulations of belongings that may have built up over time. Also, you will have to pack all of this up when you sell and move from the home, so it makes sense to do some of this now. While your many collections of memorabilia may be important to you, these may prevent the potential buyer from seeing the lovely “bones” of your home. You will also want to put away, at least for the photo shoot and showings, basics like the dish drainer, dish towels, coffee maker or Keurig, etc. If you have doilies on your dressers or tables, remove them. Stacks of old magazines/newspapers, baskets of toys and pet items need to depart. Remove excess and oversized furniture, to make spaces appear larger. Organize closets and store out-of-season clothes. You have the idea!
- Re-arrange furniture: Sandy can help you to see new ways to arrange existing furniture to make rooms appear larger.
- Freshen up: If your bath towels are old and worn, consider freshening them up with new fluffy white towels. A new bedspread could be helpful; it need not be expensive, but clean and fresh goes a long way.
- Depersonalize: If you have lots of family photos, take most of them down. This will enable the potential buyer to envision the home with their family’s photos in place, and to see it as their future home rather than your home.
- Curb appeal: What can be done to make your home attractive from first glimpse, so that potential buyers are not “turned off” before they even enter your home? Perhaps a welcoming bench and some potted flowers, or even fake flowers or plants, by the front door, could warm up the entrance. Be sure that weeds are removed and plant material trimmed and clean. Does the front door and overall entryway need a fresh coat of paint or shellac? Cover up those scuffs and scratches before anyone arrives to view your home.
- Minor repairs and clean-up: If there are scuffs and scrapes inside the home, repair these now. Make minor repairs around the home now, don’t wait for the home inspector to tell you to do this. Don’t give the buyer any reason to think that your home has not been well-maintained.
- Painting: If you have scuffed walls, or have not repainted in many years, now would be a good time to make that investment. Stay with neutral colors; we are happy to advise you on this.
- Security: Remove and store safely medications, jewelry, cash, and small valuables that could easily be pocketed. Better safe than sorry!
If you need outside help to get some or all of this completed, we can refer you to trustworthy and competent cleaning services, organizers and packers, electricians, plumbers, painters, handymen, carpet/upholstery/drapery cleaning services and others as needed. Just ask!