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How to Prepare Your Home to Sell

Posted: August, 12, 2016 | Categories: Atlantic Builders | Home Building Industry | New Home Building

So you're ready to buy that new Atlantic Builders home and make the move to Virginia? If your only concern is selling your current home, we've got you covered with these tips! Things like de-cluttering, repairs, cleaning and staging are all pretty standard. But some buyers search a little more carefully for reasons NOT to buy a home. Here's how to overcome that and make your home someone else's dream home!

Make it welcoming.  There's nothing like a first impression! See what can be touched up in your entrance room with new paint or scrubbed with some cleaner, then replace house numbers, porch light and a nice welcome mat.

Mind the details. Small details you may not even notice can depreciate your home in the eyes of buyers. Freshen up with new switch plates and outlet covers if yours are grubby or yellowed. Polish handles and hardware, and scrub away minor spots and scuffs on walls.

Eliminate bad odors.  Buyer imaginations will run wide if something doesn’t smell quite right.  Buy air neutralizer to remove bad odors, or even better, bake a fresh batch of cookies or add scented candles to create a homey feel.

Tidy up the storage spaces. Install overhead or wall shelves in the garage to store bikes and sporting equipment to show buyers all the space available for their needs. 

Prepare for snoopers. Buyers will open your fridge, peek in your medicine cabinet, and check under your sinks.  Tidy up these spaces that tend to be messy, and hide anything valuable.

And then there’s the basics:

De-personalize.  Too many personal touches distract the buyer from envisioning their own future in your home. Rent a storage unit to store excess furniture, family photos, etc.

De-clutter. It’s true furniture helps make a room look bigger, but too much “stuff” just makes it cluttered and takes away from your home’s appeal.

Don’t wait to start packing. Chances are you’ve accumulated a lot of belongings over the years. Get a jump start on removing anything extra

And maybe the most challenging, but important of all…

Look to the future. Once you decide to put your home on the market, it’s no longer yours. Try to remove yourself from the strong emotional ties, and focus on what’s next for you in your new home!


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