Selling your property is a huge deal, especially when you have no idea where to start! Roll up your sleeves because this checklist will help you sort your priorities.
1. Real Estate Agents to the Rescue
You might think that adopting the FSBO (for sale by owner) is great to save some bucks. Not taking a real estate agent’s help seems like a huge savings, but is FSBO truly a good choice?
According to a2021 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report by NAR, home sales by FSBO accounted for 7% in 2020. A typical FSBO home sold for $260,000 in comparison to $318,000 in agent-assisted home sales. The report further concluded that 17% of FSBO sellers found preparing or fixing the home for sale difficult, while 11% found understanding and performing paperwork challenging.
You’re not guaranteed a great experience in home selling through FSBO. Hence, finding a good real estate agent can relieve your tension, time, and effort. That being said, don’t blindly trust the first agent you come across. Do your research and hunt the market for a knowledgeable agent you can put your faith in!
2. Less is More!
When it comes to selling homes, less is always more! Before showing your house, you must make sure that you declutter your stuff. Empty closets, counters, and beds. Clean your tables, windowsills, cupboards, and drawers.
Everything that falls on the radar of your vision will be visible to your buyers as well. So, ensure that you tidy up your home before opening it to prospects.
Your house overflowing with things might give the impression that the space won’t be sufficient. This will make them think they’ll also need to buy storage space. To avoid this, take away your stuff, or donate them if you don’t use it anymore!
3. No Space for Personal Items
You should avoid any distractions in the way of showing your property at all costs. Buyers need empty space to visualize their future inside the home. So, you need to take away every piece of memory that draws back to you.
Remove personal and family photos. Get rid of paintings or artworks that might make the space less attractive. Project a blank canvas in front of your buyers so that they can visualize their living!
4. Staging Home Enhances its Beauty
Is your house in need of a huge makeover? Does it scream old-fashioned? New furnishings, a modern makeover, and tidied space are the key to grabbing potential buyers’ attention!
Staging a home by a professional home stager is a good idea. They can evaluate the condition and tell you the missing elements. Or they might just rearrange stuff to give the space a better look.
Traditional staging is important; however, a huge amount of money goes into this method. Fortunately, there’s a digital alternative to it. You can also virtually stage a home with the help of virtual staging! If spending big bucks is a problem for you, try this modern-age digital solution.
5. Everyone Fancies Attractive Exteriors
No matter how shallow it sounds, the truth is that everyone judges a book by its cover. And it’s not different for homebuyers. You want to leave a good impression at first glance, and hence, having an attractive exterior is recommended!
To lure buyers into your open house tour, put some effort into enhancing the exteriors of your house. Give your curb some easy fixes by planting colorful flowers, repainting the outdoors, and giving your buyers a fresh modern feel!
6. Neutral Tones Are the Way to Go
Your unique and bold color choices may suit your taste, but not everyone will find them attractive. Here’s where you play it safe. So, go for neutral colors because there aren’t enough people who can firmly say they hate a neutral-looking home! Moreover, light colors allow the buyers to visualize the home better.
7. Greenery is Good!
Plants add brightness and make the environment more welcoming. Add bouquets on the table and fruit bowls on the kitchen counter or the dining table. It gives extra pop of color and makes the environment lively!
8. Repair Where Necessary
This is the perfect time to fix those little things bothering you. Missing tiles, stained ceilings, scratched floors, broken windows, cracks on the floorboard, etc. – this is the right time to repair these neglected areas!
9. No Room for Foul Smells
No one wants to live in a house that stinks. Bad smells are a deal-breaker and getting rid of them is one heck of a deal. But when it comes to foul smells, one of the major problems lies that the person living in the house can’t instantly spot the distinct smell since they are habituated to it, but the homebuyer will notice it as soon as they arrive.
Let an unbiased person judge it by conducting a smell test. If it’s positive, prepare for a deep cleaning!
10. Clean Every Corner
Cleaning once is never enough. If you’re done cleaning, clean some more. There’s always one corner that might go unnoticed. Make your property look spotless. If you want your property photos to look beautiful, you need to make the house appealing!
Approach property selling with these ten thoughtful tips. Hope this checklist simplifies your home selling process!
Rahul Agarwal is the Co-founder & Chief Business Officer at Styldod, where he has taught a computer to do interior design! Styldod provides the most hassle-free & inexpensive virtual staging solutions for real estate agents so they can sell their listings faster, and for higher prices. Rahul was also a co-founder of Mebelkart. He pushes the boundaries with his innovative entrepreneurial stints and is also a sound startup investor & advisor.