With spring just around the corner, the time is NOW to begin preparing your Fishers home for sale - if you're planning to sell, that is! And since spring is typically the season when listings begin popping up everywhere, you can bet that the competition for buyers will be intense. What can you do to make your home stand out? Plenty! Here are some tips for preparing your Fishers home for sale.
Change your mind(set). Once you begin preparing your Fishers home for sale, you also need to accept the fact that it's no longer your home; it’s just a house. Which will soon (hopefully) become someone else's home. The more quickly you make that adjustment, the more easily you’ll be able to put the following tips into action.
Create clarity. It makes sense that preparing your Fishers home for sale means decluttering and depersonalizing so that buyers can create a clear vision of themselves living there. But often that process is much easier said than done. For one thing, your “stuff” is what makes your house feel like home. If you’re feeling too emotional to undertake this task, refer back to Tip #1 immediately! Decluttering and depersonalizing can also be overwhelming. Where to begin? Start by donating or pitching anything you haven’t used in more than a year. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff that really is! Next, clear off all countertops. While you’re at it, pack up 90 percent of the knickknacks throughout your house to include family photos. Having a hard time? Take a deep breath and refer back to Tip #1!
Remain Neutral. Remodeling and upgrading is useless as a selling point if the outcome is polarizing. You may love the color blue, but there’s a good chance buyers won’t. So skip the blue carpet or green bathroom tile for something neutral but elegant, and save your favorite color for decorative accents you can take with you.
Sparkle and shine. A thorough cleaning will do wonders for making your house appeal to buyers. After all, who wants to look at someone else’s dirt and grime? Pay particular attention to windows (inside and out), bathrooms, and the kitchen.
Roll out the welcome mat. Curb appeal piques the interest of buyers and makes them want to see what's inside. Make a good impression by keeping the lawn neatly mowed and edged, sprucing up the landscaping with colorful annuals and fresh mulch, painting or replacing the front door, and repairing any wood rot or other exterior damage.
Get professional help. The first step in preparing your Fishers home for sale should be to find a real estate agent whom you trust. A knowledgeable agent can provide valuable information and advice about the current housing market, home staging, and setting a listing price. Your agent can help you find out what your Fishers home is worth by preparing a comparative market analysis of homes similar to yours that are on the market or have recently sold.