3 Big Things to Make Your Property Ready to Sell

If you’ve chosen to sell your house, there are a number of things you should do to make your property ready for potential buyers. It must look, smell, and feel its absolute best in order to sell fast and at the highest price.

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As a result, you’ll need to put in some effort before you can put it on the market. Otherwise, you may be disappointed by the limited number of visitors and the low asking price suggested by your real estate agent. Here are some things you should do to get your house ready to sell.

1. Don’t Ignore Your Exterior Space

An unsightly, unkempt, uncared yard at the front, rear (or both) of an otherwise beautiful house will turn off many prospective purchasers. That is because they will have to fix it when they move in. This will cost them time or money or both!

It will also make them wonder how well you looked after the property itself. If you aren’t concerned about the garden, have you kept the house in good order, or will there be problems the new owners will discover later? 

Before you place your home on the market, make your property ready to sell by cleaning up all the outdoor areas. For example, mow the grass, plant some plants in pots on the patio put a beautiful table and chair set outside so guests can picture themselves relaxing in the sun, and clean up any broken toys or other trash that may have been left outdoors and forgotten about. You can also consider garage door replacement from PreciseGDS. The garage is possibly one of the first things anyone will see when they pull up to your home, so it needs to look good. 

2. Light Decoration

Look all around your home as objectively as possible (this might be hard, but you need to try or have a friend do it for you). Look out for any minor decoration that you could do before you put the property on the market and before viewers come to see it. You want to make a good first impression, so fixing even small problems (problems you might not have noticed until you start looking) is a good idea. 

Does your home need a fresh coat of paint in a few places? Are the doors in good order? Is it worthwhile to replace the kitchen cabinets with something more contemporary? Even rearranging your furniture could help make your property ready for a fast sale.

There are hundreds of little modifications that can be made to the inside (and outside) of a house to freshen it up quickly and cheaply, and they can make a big difference in how fast your home sells and how much someone is prepared to pay for it.

3. Clean Thoroughly

In most instances, a simple vacuum and dust are sufficient, but if you want to sell your house, it is a good idea to engage a professional cleaning firm to make it ultra-clean before opening it up for viewing. Plus, it will help keep you comfortable while you’re on the market. Yes, you want to find somewhere new to live, but that doesn’t mean you have to dislike your current place. 

If you prefer to do the work yourself, clean each room in turn and take your time. Declutter simultaneously, as the fewer personal items you have in the property, the easier it will be for potential buyers to imagine their own items in those rooms and see themselves living in that house. 

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.