Across the nation the fate of residential real estate is swinging towards a buyer’s market. Even here in Chicago, where prices have not decreased too much, there is a vast inventory of homes which can make buyers more selective when it comes to choosing a property. The trend has inspired many sellers to go to every length to get their place off the market. You don’t necessarily have to remodel your entire kitchen or put in hardwood flooring to make buyers notice your home, little improvements and quick fixes can make a world of difference and give your property that extra oomph it needs to get an offer.
You’ve probably heard it before, but I’ll tell you again – you’ve got to get rid of the clutter and keep your home clean. That means no unopened mail sitting on the table, or shoes lying by the front door, or laundry detergent sitting out on top of the dryer. Think to yourself, “Everything must go!” Even things you use everyday, like the coffee pot can go in a cupboard to give the countertops and kitchen space a nice clean, open feel that buyers love. Tackle those closets and storage areas (garage, basement, junk rooms). Take stuff you don’t need to Good Will/Salvation Army or have a yard sale and make a few bucks while you’re at it. If that still doesn’t make a dent, consider renting an offsite storage locker for the time being, until you sell your home.
Go through every room in your house or condo and minimize the mess, dust, wash the windows, polish, sweep, vacuum, tuck away every lose odds and ends you lay eyes on, basically do the spring cleaning of your life! Buyers expect spotless and if they see anything less, you’re going to have trouble convincing them your home is the best option. Cleaning takes a little extra time, but it’s not hard to do and can be the most important thing you do to create that great first impression with potential buyers.
We’re just getting starting here folks! For more helpful tips on how to prepare your home for sale and get buyers to take notice, look for my next entry.