Things to do Before Listing Your House

As you prepare your house to sell, you want to see the work put into your house reflected in the sale price. Here are some of the best ways to get your home ready for a smooth and seamless sale.

Boost Curb Appeal

The first impression that the exterior of your home makes plays a big role in the perception of its value. Giving your home’s exterior some attention is a great way to prepare your house to sell. Some easy ways to increase curb appeal include:

  • Upgrading your mailbox
  • Adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door
  • Removing the storm door or replacing the screen
  • Placing planters or hanging baskets with fresh flowers around your porch
  • Placing a new welcome mat in front of your door
  • Swapping out your door hardware

Work With a Home Inspector to Prepare Your House to Sell

If it’s been a long time since your home was inspected, a home inspection before listing the home. Many homeowners will get one when buying a home, but it’s beneficial for a seller to get one as well.

Hire a home inspector to complete a pre-listing inspection and give you insight into what could be improved as you prepare your house to sell. If you wait for a buyer inspection, you could be stuck paying for preferred contractors instead of having more control when fixing portions of the house. Your inspector will inform you of any defects and give you actionable advice.

Add Plenty of Light

Lighting can make the difference in making a room stand out. When you prepare your house to sell, maximize natural and artificial lighting so that every room is well-lit. Remove heavy drapes or dark curtains and open the blinds to let as much light in as possible. Change all the lightbulbs to make sure that they won’t suddenly burn out during a showing.

Prepare Your House to Sell by Removing Personal Items

Your home is a reflection of who you are, which can be a disadvantage if you’re trying to encourage another family to picture themselves living there.

Stage your home by removing trophies, family photos, toys, collectibles, and anything too personal. You want everyone visiting your home to focus on the beauty of the space and not your décor choices as you prepare your house to sell.

American Dream Home Inspections provides inspections to customers in Northern New Jersey. Contact us to schedule our services.