Selling Your Home The Right Way

No doubt about it—the real estate market is competitive. If you’re selling your home, follow these tips designed to help you to come out a winner.

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door, mow the lawn, and trim any tree branches or other greenery that’s getting in the way of your windows or your home’s other key features. The first impression your home makes on potential buyers is the most important one, so when you freshen up the exterior, they’ll be more likely to explore what’s inside.

Paint the Interior Neutral Colors

Your home needs to be able to be seen as “my home” by prospective buyers, so stick with neutral colors when painting the inside of your house. This is going to brighten the rooms and make them appear cleaner and larger as well.

Get a Pre-Listing Inspection 

A Pre-Listing Inspection, otherwise known as a Seller’s Inspection, informs you of any defects so you can either make repairs or fully disclose the condition of your home before placing it on the market. It’s always best to be aware of any potential issues before they’re discovered by the buyer’s home inspector. This will give you an advantage when selling your home if you address the items that need to be fixed before putting your home on the market. By doing so, you can enter the market confident that your home is in the best possible condition.

Change Up the Way Your Furniture is Arranged

Move your furniture away from the walls, and make sure that there are clear pathways for movement through the house. Remember, less is more—you may want to consider putting extra furniture in storage. It will be well worth the expense—a little staging goes a long way.

Put Away Anything Personal

Take down any family photos, gaudy refrigerator magnets, and your favorite knick-knacks. You want to decorate with neutral objects while allowing for a lot of open space so that buyers can envision your home as their own without any reminders that it once belonged to someone else.

Organize Your Home

The mind can work in mysterious ways. If your home is well-organized, then the buyer is more likely to envision themselves as living an organized, stress-free life there which will most likely lead to selling your home more quickly.

Clean It Up

Hire a professional team to clean your home from top to bottom. Buyers tend to associate cleanliness with home maintenance as well, so presenting a spotless and organized home shows that you’ve been taking good care of it.

Let the Lights Shine

Show that you have nothing to hide by keeping the rooms nice and bright. Turn on the lights and pull back the curtains. The more natural light, the better.

Set The Thermostat

Potential buyers should be be touring your home in comfort, so adjust the thermostat in accordance with the season.

Maintain a “Show-Ready” Home

This one may not be easy, but until you’ve accepted an offer, you’ll want to keep your home looking its best. You never know when your Realtor may want to schedule a showing!

Inspect One, Inc. offers Pre-Listing Inspections for home sellers in Southeastern North Carolina, including Wilmington and the surrounding communities. Contact us today to schedule one of our services!