Every seller wants to sell their home for top dollars, and accomplish this sale in a relatively short time frame.
So how do you make this happen?
Depending on your budget it can be a few days to prepare your home, or it could be as long as a week. It is not luck that sells your home. It is thoughtful, careful planning that will make that one buyer wanting to purchase your home.
Where do you start ?
Firstly you will have to deal with the emotions that come with a decision to sell your home. You will be thinking of all the wonderful and amazing memories that have been made while living there. Once the decision to let go of your home has happened, you can then start to focus on the next chapter in your life, and start to wonder how amazing that will be. You can imagine a new family moving in, and creating their own wonderful memories. Remembering the past is good, but the key is to focus on the future.
Start by packing up your personal "stuff". Buyers can't begin to imagine themselves living in your home, when they can't see past the clutter or all those personal photos displayed throughout your home. You need the buyer to be able to imagine living in "their new home", with their own personal photos up on the walls and surrounded by their own "stuff" Yes we all have it!
Most people collect an amazing amount of "stuff".. If you don't want to pack it away, maybe you have gotten all the use out of it, perhaps consider donating it, so someone else can enjoy it. Once this is done, move into your kitchen and take everything off the counters. Kitchens do sell houses, and your buyer again needs to be able to imagine cooking and eating in your kitchen. So clean up, and store items in cupboards or get rid of it completely. Remember though buyers like to "snoop". Don't just throw everything in a cupboard or a closet. Downsize your stuff and arrange and clean up cupboards and closets.
If you want to take something with you from your home, once it sells such as the chandelier, take it down and replace it before you list your home. This will then save you a lot of potential headaches and trouble. If you have any minor repairs to make, again make them ahead of time, so your house is ready for sale. Replace burnt out light bulbs, and stage your bedrooms. Again this doesn't have to cost a lot, perhaps, just tidying up, and replacing old bedspreads, and decluttering the bedside tables. Don't forget to clean up the bathroom, and get rid of all the empty bottles under the sinks.
These are just a few tips you can do to make your house ready for sale. Once you feel you are ready, ask yourself, does this house welcome me, and imagine what that buyer will think walking into your home for the first time. You absolutely want them to think, this is my home, I don't need to look any further as I have to have this house.