How To Get Your Lander Real Estate Ready To Sell
Moving can be incredibly exciting, but it’s also a very stressful time. With a to-do list that seems longer than your refrigerator door can hold at times, it’s easy to let things get lost in the rush of packing, cleaning, looking at new houses, finding a realtor, gathering documents, and trying to make your current home look good enough to catch a buyer’s eye.
Here at Householder Properties, we want to help you breeze through getting your Lander real estate ready to sell as easily as possible. We’ve put together this handy guide that has all you need to know about getting your home ready to hit the market!
Do Some Market Research
Across the country, the housing market is constantly in flux, and this is true in Lander as well. As you’re getting ready to sell your home, be sure to keep an eye on what the market is doing. Since the first few days and weeks after a home has been listed is the time it’s likely to get the most attention and highest offers, you’ll want to make sure you’ve priced it well right out of the gate.
To get a good idea of your home’s market value, look at some of the Lander real estate listings that are similar to yours – especially those that are pending or recently sold. That will give you a good idea of what a realistic price point is.
Find A Great Realtor
Another excellent way to gauge your home’s value is to get an experienced, trusted realtor to walk through it. They can put together a good estimate as well as suggest updates and changes that will increase your home’s value. After all, who better to ask about pricing your home than someone who keeps an eye on the Lander real estate market for a living?
A realtor can also help you find things that you may otherwise miss when it comes to making little improvements before listing your home. For example, you may not notice that big scratch in your living room baseboard simply because you’ve lived with it for so long that you’ve just gotten used to it. But a potential buyer will see it – and so will your realtor.
It always helps to have a fresh eye when you’re getting ready to sell to make sure you don’t miss anything. First impressions can make all the difference in the real estate world!
Focus on the First Impression
Speaking of first impressions, there are a number of things you should be aware of when getting your house ready to list. This can be a difficult step, especially if you’re still going to be living in the home as it is being shown. But it’s one of the most important to get right if you want to get the most money possible from the sale (and wouldn’t we all?)
First and foremost, declutter! And by ‘declutter,’ we don’t mean ‘just shove it all in the closet.’ When potential buyers come to look at your house, they’ll open drawers, cabinets, closets, and yes, probably even your washer and dryer. There are no secrets when your home is up for sale, so it may be worth it to rent a storage unit for a month or two until you can get things moved into your new home.
That said, you’ll want to make a plan for where you’ll keep valuables and other documents. You don’t want those to disappear during a showing or open house, so we highly recommend packing them up and storing them in a safe (yet accessible) location.
2. Spruce Up The Exterior
Second, pay attention to your home’s curb appeal. It can be hard to stage your Lander real estate during the winter months, but you can still make sure any yard clutter (including tools and toys) are picked up and out of the way. During the summer, it’s a good idea to power wash your home’s exterior and any concrete (driveways, sidewalks, etc.) to give it an extra clean look. Make sure the lawn is mowed and the garden weeded, if applicable. You never know when a potential buyer might be driving by…
3. Spice Up The Interior
Third, make sure to do the little things on the inside of your home that your realtor suggested. This may include things like updating light fixtures and curtains, putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls (go for neutral colors!), and other little fixes that will go a long way towards creating a positive first impression. Then, deep clean your home. It really makes a difference!
Stage Your Lander Real Estate
Staging is an incredibly important part of getting your home sold quickly and for as much money as possible. In fact, it’s so important that we’ve written a whole separate article on staging tips and tricks! If you’d like a little more detail, be sure to check it out. In the meantime, we’ll do a quick rundown of some of the most important principles of staging here:
- Be aware of how your furniture makes a room look. As a general rule, you should get rid of about half the furniture in a room, especially if it’s a living area. It’s not about comfort – it’s about looks!
- Box up and store personal items. Remember, the idea is to help the buyer envision what the house could look like once it’s theirs. Having pictures of family, personal artwork, and more on your walls is great – but not when you’re trying to sell your home, because they can be distracting. Save them for your new home!
- The kitchen MUST shine! Kitchens and bathrooms are two rooms that will either make or break you when it comes to selling your home. Make sure both are clean, tidy, and fresh-looking.
- Remember – prospective buyers WILL open your closets. Make sure they’re clean, tidy, and organized. The best way to do this is, again, by boxing up and storing items that aren’t in use and trying to be as minimalist as possible.
Don’t Forget About Pictures!
One of your greatest assets when it comes to selling your home is great pictures. The first place people are probably going to see your house is on an MLS, and since the initial few weeks after listing is when it’s likely to get the most attention, you want your pictures to do it justice.
The best way to do this, of course, is to hire a professional. They have the equipment and experience to make sure your home looks gorgeous in pictures. However, if you want to do it yourself, here are a couple tips:
- Try to stand as close to the corner of each room as possible. This will make it easier for your camera to capture most of the room, making the space look bigger (always a good thing.)
- Don’t use portrait mode – opt for landscape instead. People don’t want to see more of your ceiling; they want to see the room itself!
- Make use of natural light. Open all the shades and let the sunshine in! Well-lit pictures make it easier for the buyer to get a good idea of what the house looks like, and helps them see themselves living there.
- Use a photo editor. There are plenty of cheap (even free) softwares that come with most computers or can be accessed on your smartphone. Adjust the light and color so that it looks as close as possible to real life – but make sure not to go overboard.
Ready to list your home? Have questions? We’ve been in the Lander real estate business for years, and are happy to help you with anything you need when it comes to selling your home. Whether it’s personalized tips on staging or providing an estimated value, we would love to be your realtor of choice. Let’s get your home sold!