With the number of homes currently on the market, buyers can afford to be overly choosy, so preparing your house for sale has never been more important. Getting your house into ‘sell ready’ condition can be tough, and most people don’t even know where to begin. That’s where Ryan Tevepaugh comes to the rescue: an expert real estate investor and entrepreneur, to give you all the best tips and tricks for effortlessly getting your home ready for sale.
When you start thinking about selling your home, Ryan Tevepaugh suggests that the first thing you do is start de-cluttering well in advance of staging. One of the primary characteristics that people look for when shopping for a new home is plenty of space, and seeing closets and basements filled to the brim with boxes doesn’t sell the dream. Take this as an opportunity to re-evaluate everything in your home, throwing away what you don’t need, recycling what you don’t want and donating items in good condition. If you have too many things you want to hold on to (especially if you’re moving to a bigger home), consider renting a storage space until you sell our home.
Prepare your Paperwork
Ryan Tevepaugh explains that you will want to ensure that you have all your paperwork prepared, as buyers and agents are going to ask a lot of questions that they expect you to have the answers to. Some of the paperwork you will want to have on hand are utility bills, tax bills, renovation details, warranties, mortgage details, survey and rental contracts. Another way to get ahead of the game is to make an extra set of keys, as prospective buyers and agents will need to have access to your home.
When it comes to staging your home, Ryan Tevepaugh suggests starting with something easy: replace all the light bulbs and fixtures that may no longer work. Adequate lighting goes a long way when it comes to making a first impression, especially if the fixtures are outdated.
Two of the key selling points for any home are the kitchen and the bathroom, so staging them for sale should be your primary focus. Ryan Tevepaugh suggests removing all the toiletries that you have on display in the bathroom and invest in some new white towels for display purposes only. You can also get some cheap and affordable accessories to liven up your space, like a hand soap dispenser and a new bathmat or shower curtain. When you start staging your kitchen, be sure to remove any appliances from your countertops, take any magnets or pictures off the fridge, and clean inside all your cupboards. Another great addition to either of these rooms is some fresh flowers or a bowl with some fresh fruit in it!
An often overlooked and major component to a sale is the curb appeal of your house. A house that is newly renovated and spacious inside with a terrible outer décor will certainly drive away potential buyers. The outside of your home is the first opportunity for buyers to gather an impression on the house, and a poorly maintained lawn will paint a negative picture. A quick and easy solution to curb appeal is to ensure that your lawn is tidy, dead plants in the garden are removed, debris is cleared from the driveway and surrounding area, and that the home looks lived in. According to Ryan Tevepaugh, curb appeal is the easiest fix to attract potential buyers to inquire about your property.
Lastly, if you haven’t already, hire a realtor. A realtor will likely need two weeks to schedule and prepare the marketing. An experienced listing agent will also guide you through the home preparation and staging process, so you don’t have to do it alone.