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4 Things You Shouldn’t Skip When Putting Your Home on the Market

Before you schedule your first open house and hopefully have prospective buyers lining up outside your door there are easy updates to your home that will help get it into tip-top shape. That way, your home should generate maximum interest, sell quickly and bring you the asking price you would like. Check out our top tips for getting your home ready to sell and getting you the best possible offer.

Declutter and depersonalize

It is vitally important that prospective buyers can imagine themselves living in your home. To make it easier for them, declutter every room, especially the main living areas. Take things off of windowsills, mantels and any other surfaces, to give the spaces a more open and airy look. Remove all personal items, such as photos and keepsakes. That way, buyers wont feel like theyre invading your personal space. Instead, theyll see a blank canvas waiting for their own personal touch.

Do a deep clean

Before your home goes on the market, you want to be sure it looks spotless. From dusting hard-to-reach spots that you normally neglect (such as ceiling fans) to scrubbing glass windows and doors to organizing your pantry, now is the time to tackle all of those tasks that may be at the very bottom of your to-do list. This way, prospective buyers wont be distracted by any unkempt areas and can instead focus their attention on what really matters: whether or not they love the space. 

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Refresh the landscaping

Curb appeal makes a big and important impact. You want to turn heads when people drive past your home, so theyre eager to schedule a tour or stop by your first open house. To do that, you need to give prospective buyers the best possible experience as soon as they pull up. Sod your yard or plant fresh grass before listing your home, so that it has time to grow in, especially if its the spring or summer season. Add some fresh plants, give your front door a fresh coat of paint and pull out any weeds or dead plants all easy and affordable ways to give your outdoor space a refresh.

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Repaint in neutral shades

If you have colorful taste and have painted the rooms in your home an array of colors, repaint them in a more neutral palette. Why? If a potential buyer doesnt love the colors youve chosen, it might be an instant turn-off. Instead, opt for clean whites, quiet beiges or pale grays, which will make it easier for buyers to imagine their own things in the spaces. Also be sure to touch up any trim, baseboards and doorframes that have scuffs or stains, to help give the home a clean and put-together look from top to bottom. 

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty is the perfect partner. Our agents are experts in helping their clients take every step in their real estate journey. From unparalleled support from an in-house marketing team to ensure your listing gets noticed by people looking for homes like yours to industry-leading technology, Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty delivers customized, strategic service that helps maximize the sale of your home. Get in touch today to get started.

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