Want More Money for your Home? Polish It Before You Sell It!

Posted February 5th, 2010
by HomeownersInsurance.org Staff (no comments)

polishGetting a home ready to sell is a chore, but it’s something you just have to do if you’re going to get it to sell. The fact of the matter is that the housing market is a buyer’s market right now. There are plenty of homes for sale, and some going for much less money than what you want to get out of your home. You need to compete not only with other homes, but with distressed homes and foreclosures. You need to do anything you can to make it stand out.

To Stage or Not to Stage?

Sure, you can hire a home stager to get your house up to snuff. A professional home stager will decorate your house, organize your closets and just spruce it all up in general. They will maximize your living space, help make your rooms look better and bigger and make the home more desirable and inviting. Staging can cost as little as a few hundred bucks or as much as $5,000 or more, depending on what you want to have done.

When You Can’t Stage

Still, you might not be able to afford a stager, or you might live in an area where there just isn’t anyone offering this service. Fortunately, there are some relatively inexpensive and easy things you can do to put the shine back on your home.

Here are some steps to take that will really make your home pop:

  • Depersonalize the home. Hide anything and everything that will remind a potential buyer that this isn’t already their home. That means photos, trophies and family heirlooms need to be safely tucked away. If you do leave out your stuff, make sure it’s stuff that a potential buyer would like to own. This even goes for the shower – make sure there isn’t a used bar of soap.
  • Declutter the home. If you’re like most folks, you’ve got too much stuff. Gobs and gobs of stuff. If you’re going to sell your home, you’re going to have to move all that stuff. Why not toss the stuff you don’t need now? It can help make your closets look bigger, for example, if there aren’t boxes and boxes of stuff piled up in them. If you must, consider renting a storage unit to store some of your extra stuff while you try to sell your home.
  • Clean your home. That doesn’t mean pick up dirty laundry. That means scrub bathroom tiles. You want to get into every nook and cranny. You even want to clean the corners of the inside of your fridge. You have no idea where people might choose to look. You also need to eliminate smells, especially if you’ve got pets. Consider inviting a neighbor over to inspect the home for grime or for odors.
  • Paint a room or two. You’ll be surprised what a fresh coat of paint can do for the marketability of a house. Trust me.

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