How To Prepare Your Home to Sell in Spring
Follow these 8 steps to prepare your home to sell and increase the value of your home
1. Clear your clutter
Getting rid of extra clutter and junk is the very first step to getting your ready home to be on the market. Make a sweep of every room in your house, including closets and the garage. Less furniture will help your rooms appear larger than they are. A professional stager can help with this by recommending what furniture to remove. A stager may even recommend that you remove half of the furniture to open up a room. Look into the option of renting storage space to assist in storing items you aren’t ready to get rid of.
2. Use Paint
Another trick stagers use in small rooms is to paint adjoining rooms the same color. A small open kitchen will appear larger if it is the same light color as the dining room. Hanging matching drapes the same shade as the walls will also help make your room look larger.
3. Neutral Colors
It is also important that your home is not decorated too personally. Bright and bold colors may be a turn off to buyers who may feel like they are invading YOUR home instead of their future home. Choose a neutral off-white, beige or tan paint. Soft blues or light greens can work as well.
4. Removal of Personal Items
By the same token, too many family photos or heirlooms will make your home seem too personal. If all they see when they walk into your home is your memories, they won’t be able to picture themselves living in the home.
5. Clean Everything
A dirty home with pet smells or stains will not induce a buyer to want to take their time and look around. Also remember anyone who is seriously thinking about your home will open cabinets to look for leaks, and open closet doors to see the storage space. You will want to clean the entire house to be sparkling clean. Hire a cleaning service to help you maintain this cleanliness while your home is on the market, if you can. It also may be a good idea to have your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned.
6. Fix Loose Door Knobs and Consider Replacing Old Hardware
Loose doorknobs and brass hardware make the home seem used and outdated. A room can instantly feel refreshed with updated hardware and a fully functioning doorknob.
7. Make Sure All Doors Shut Properly
Nothing screams old more than a door that doesn't shut properly. Don't let the details turn buyers off from considering your home.
8. Curb Appeal
Don’t forget your buyer’s first impression- the exterior of your home. Think about how your home looks as the buyers drive up for the first time. Be sure that all toys and garbage cans are neatly stored away. Regularly trim your grass. You may want to also consult a professional landscaper to help sculpt your bushes and trees to make a first impression that lasts.
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Colleen, Paul and Elena, Thank you for all of your help in selling my brother’s house at 1008 Becker. Penny Farrall told me she had located a good realtor for me and she was so on target. It is hard... Read full review
Paul and Colleen Tosello have exceeded our expectations of realtors in every way - in fact, over the course of our experience with them they served as so much more! We relocated to Keller on a job transfer and... Read full review
Paul and Colleen were absolutely wonderful. We started our home buying process while living across the country. They both met with us numerous times when we would fly in, over zoom meetings, as well as with our... Read full review
Thank you all for your help!
Colleen, Paul and Elena,
Thank you for all of your help in selling my brother’s house at 1008 Becker. Penny Farrall told me she had located a good realtor for me and she was so on target.
It is hard selling a piece of property that isn’t yours, is filled with stuff and is 2,000 miles away. You all made it so much easier.
Paul – you were spot on with the sales price and marketing. There were so many offers to choose from.
Elena – I appreciated all of your communication with me throughout the process as well as checking on the vacant house from time to time.
Colleen – we had the most interaction with each other over the last several months. I so appreciated your calm, knowledgeable approach as you guided me through the various legs of the journey.
Paul and Colleen Tosello have exceeded our expectations of realtors in every way - in fact, over the course of our experience with them they served as so much more!
We relocated to Keller on a job transfer and chose Paul and Colleen after being referred through the Ramsey network. Almost immediately, we received a call from Paul. He spent 45 minutes on the phone with us genuinely investing in getting to know us and learning what our needs were. We were blown away by how kind and professional he was and committed to them.
We briefly explored the existing home market but ended up building. They expertly guided us through the process, gave us sound advice and made sure the build was a good investment for our family. Over the last year, Colleen has been a tireless advocate in dealing with the builder and our mortgage company.
Colleen did all that while also giving us great advice on many different questions we had about the area and other services (schools, churches, contractors, childcare, etc.). We are incredibly thankful for their professionalism and guidance - we couldn’t have done it without them!
Hands down the best realtor experience we’ve ever had in our 10 (yes, 10) moves! Highly recommend!!
Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
Paul and Colleen were absolutely wonderful. We started our home buying process while living across the country. They both met with us numerous times when we would fly in, over zoom meetings, as well as with our builder. Colleen and Paul know the area inside and out and have helped us (and still are!!) with getting us involved in the community. Absolutely wonderful team. We highly recommend them. We consider them dear to our hearts. Thank you for everything.