8 Tips That Make Selling Your Home a Breeze
With more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, you can bet our pros at Sheehan-Mohns Group RE/MAX Realty 100 know what we’re doing when it comes to selling homes. Whether you’re getting ready to list your home or have already, we’re sharing eight tips that will make selling your home a total breeze.
1. Invite Homebuyers Inside
There’s nothing like stepping into an inviting home. To help potential homebuyers feel welcome, make sure your front door is visible and accessible. Declutter the front yard and walkway, consider giving the front door a fresh coat of paint, fix broken screens, replace burnt-out fixture bulbs, and put out a new doormat. The first thing homebuyers see is the front of your house—make sure it’s giving off a good first impression (you only get one).
2. Channel Your Inner Marie Kondo
It’s time to tidy up! Put away those not-so-attractive everyday items, like pet dishes, toys, animal crates, and dirty laundry. It might not seem “so bad” to you, but it can quickly detract homebuyers from noticing your home’s great features. Plus, a cleaner space helps them easily envision themselves making it their own.
3. Avoid the Dreaded “What’s That Smell?”
Nothing kills excitement like a nasty smell, whether that’s pet odors or a stale garbage can. Give everything a good once-over—wipe counters, clean the floor, take out the garbage, and clean the litter box. Also, consider investing in an air freshener to give your home a fresh, clean smell. If your home looks and smells good, homebuyers will sense it’s been well taken care of, which is a plus for you!
4. Brush up on Your Landscaping Skills
A great first impression starts with your yard. It’s the first thing homebuyers see, and they often have to walk through it to get inside. Tidy up overgrown bushes, mow the lawn, and consider putting out some fresh mulch to show off those flower beds you worked so hard on. And don’t forget about the backyard—you better believe homeowners will be checking that out too.
5. Update the Kitchen
A lot of times, you’re selling your kitchen more than you’re selling your home. Not everyone can afford to remodel their space, but even small updates, like a fresh coat of paint, new cabinet hardware, and updated appliances can make a big difference. Take things a step further and paint your cabinets or add a new backsplash to complete the “wow” factor.
6. Set the Table for Four or More
A nicely set dining room table with a vase of fresh (or fake) flowers adds a little something extra to any home. It feels welcoming and inviting for potential homebuyers and helps them envision a space where they can entertain their own friends and family.
7. Always Be “Show Ready”
Don’t let yourself get caught off guard with a surprise showing—make sure it’s clean and ready for tours at all times. We know it’s a lot of work to stay on top of the dishes, dirty laundry, and dust bunnies in addition to your everyday life, but trust us—being ready will help sell your house in a timely manner.
8. Partner With a Real Estate Pro
And it doesn’t have to be us (though we’d love if it were). An experienced real estate agent will tailor recommendations to your home and belongings. They’ll know what you should put into storage and what you should emphasize to make the selling process move quickly. Not to mention, they’ll be there to help you through the final sale.
It’s Selling Time—SMG Is Here to Help
Whether your home is already on the market or you’re getting it ready to list, you can count on our pros for whatever you need. We pride ourselves on helping homebuyers and sellers feel comfortable with every step of the process and we’re here to help you, too. Call, shoot us a text, or email us if you need help selling your home. At SMG, we treat every client like family.