So you’re ready to buy a new home and you’ve finally found the most energy-efficient, science-backed, comfortable home in Southern Delaware, an Insight Home. But first things first: it’s time to sell your current house. We’ve rounded up some of the best tricks to get your home ready to sell so that you can move into your new Insight Home.
Keep it Clean
Start with a deep cleaning of every single room, and then keep it clean. You never know when your potential buyers may be ready; your house should always be ready to show.
Up the Curb Appeal
In-home shopping, the first impression is everything. Upgrading the curb appeal of your home is one of the biggest things you can do to make your house desirable to buyers. Plant some new flowers, keep the lawn manicured, add some nice porch furniture and paint over any chipped window trim.
Get a Storage Unit
Decluttering is a must, but don’t shove everything in closets and drawers. Buyers will be looking. Instead, consider getting a storage unit where you can keep anything that you don’t absolutely need. Empty counters and shelves look cleaner, and empty closets look bigger.
Buyers want to be able to picture themselves in their potential new home, so remove any traces of your family. Personal photos, kids’ toys and dog bowls should stay out of sight.
Make Small Upgrades
You don’t need to do a full kitchen renovation, but making small upgrades like painting old cabinets or swapping out fixtures can make the kitchen seem more modern.
Let in the Light
A bright room looks bigger and more inviting, so keep curtains open, trim bushes that cover windows and add extra lighting to any dim spaces.
While you may love that bright red accent wall, not every buyer will. Repaint bold walls with nice neutral colors that will appeal to all buyers.
Make a Spa Bathroom
Quickly and easily upgrade your bathroom with a new shower curtain, fluffy towels, plants and maybe some new fixtures. It’ll make a big difference.
Tackle the To-Do List
Home buyers want as few projects as possible when they move into a new home, so tackle your to-do list of fixing leaky faucets, tightening loose doorknobs and replacing cracked tiles.
Give Every Room a Purpose
That extra bedroom where you’ve been storing everything you don’t know what to do with? Stage it has a home office or a guest bedroom. Every room in the house should have a clear purpose.
Compare Similar Houses on the Market
Use a real estate listing service like Realtor.com or Zillow to see what other houses are available in your area. Look at the ones that have been on the market for a while, find out what mistakes they are making and work hard to avoid them. Keep in mind that your house is worth what the market is willing to pay, a careful look at the comps can help you establish a more realistic price.
Consider the Timing
Historically, spring is the best time to sell your home. So start making these upgrades, get your home on the market, and you’ll be in your new Insight Home in no time!