What should you do to prepare your home for sale? Pricing is important, but you also need to effectively prepare your house to help maximize its value. Here are three things you need to consider when getting your home ready for the market:

1. Curb appeal. First impressions are critical. Ensure your yard is well-maintained throughout the selling process, with neatly trimmed grass and flower beds. Refresh the flower beds by adding fresh black mulch and easy-to-maintain flowers. Be sure to remove any dead flowers or plants in the beds and refill empty spots with fresh flowers as well. Remove any dying plants and trim low-lying tree branches that obstruct the view of the front of the house. Also, make sure that your front door is painted or stained properly and that the front porch is clean and inviting.

2. Staging. Decluttering is vital for everyone since we tend to accumulate belongings over time. Clear off countertops and keep furniture tops clean, adding only necessary items like lamps. Consider removing family pictures so prospective buyers focus on the house rather than personal details. Having your home professionally staged can help potential buyers develop an emotional connection with the home and better understand the property’s floorplan.

“You need to effectively prepare your house to help maximize its value.”

3. Lighting and ambiance. Open the windows and ensure they are clean to allow ample natural light inside. Consistency is key when it comes to light bulbs, so ensure they match in color temperature throughout each room in the home. Replace any burned-out bulbs. Clean windows not only let in light but also provide a fresh perspective to the outside world.

If you’re interested in learning more about pricing strategies and obtaining the best value for your property, I’d be delighted to discuss it further. I look forward to speaking with you soon.