Thinking of selling your home in the greater Triangle area? It's important to understand that if you expect to make money on your home, you've got to give yourself plenty of time to prepare, and that can mean starting to plan months ahead of the date you'd actually like to move out of your home. Here's what to expect when you list your home in the Triangle.
Preparing Your Home for Sale with Brian Pate
It Starts At The Mailbox!
When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is everything. Take a long look at your mailbox: does it need a paint job? Are the house numbers bright and shiny? Spend some time sprucing it up — you want potential buyers to see it as an extension of their new home.
Is your driveway asphalt or gravel? If the asphalt has any cracks, fill them with with a compound. If the gravel is sparse at some parts, be sure to fill it in with fresh gravel. For driveways surrounded by trees, be sure to prune any branches that scrape your car as you drive by.
Tidy up any bordering flower beds, and touch up any other accessories like a basketball hoop. Every detail of your home and yard needs to be clean and attractive for potential buyers.
The Outside of Your Home
Make sure the exterior of your home is inviting! This goes far beyond re-painting the exterior. Download our PDF for the full guide on how to make your home's exterior shine, but for now here are the most important things to keep in mind:
- Repair any broken fixtures
- Replace the doorknob if it's tarnished or dingy
- Remove rust from iron work
- Remove any wasps nests or anything like that
- Paint the door a compatible color
- Wash the windows
There are plenty of little things you can do to improve the overall exterior of your home. Be sure to download our PDF guide to learn more!
The Foyer, Front Hall or Entry Way
The minute you open your front door and step in, what's the first thing you experience?
Keep furniture to a minimum, if there is a staircase make sure it looks inviting and perfect, and fix any squeaky spots. Clean your windows so they shine through with light. Make sure it smells good.
The Dining Room
Again, you want everything in your home to be free of clutter! Turn on all the lights in your dining room, wipe down the dining room table, and take inventory of any peeling wallpaper or dings in the flooring. Get these fixed before showing it to buyers.
Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. That's why it is crucial to make sure these two areas stand out and look their absolute best. Your kitchen should be spotless, organized, free of clutter, and devoid of any personal effects or pictures.
Consider replacing faucets or light fixtures if they look old. When showing the kitchen, open all the blinds and curtains so that as much light flows in as possible. Point out any extra storage space or custom features so your agent knows to highlight these.
Get rid of any extra furniture and be thorough with removing any personal effects. Pick up dirty clothing and make the beds every day!