Ahh, spring in Middle Tennessee! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s not miserably hot yet (we do live in the South). Also, homebuyers are out and looking for the perfect property in Spring Hill, Columbia, and beyond. It’s a great time to sell homes and a great time to get the most money for your home.
In the meantime, here are three basic steps every home seller needs to get their home ready for showings.
You might be tired of hearing about tidying up and decluttering, but it is especially important for staging and selling your home. It can be tough for buyers to imagine themselves living in the space if it’s full-to-the-brim with personal mementos, knickknacks, and furniture that doesn’t leave breathing room.
You don’t have to go full-on Marie Kondo. Just figure out something that works for you. If you want to get rid of stuff when you move, don’t wait. Go ahead and plan that yard sale!
In addition to actually getting rid of items, you’ll want to pare back on photos and decor as much as possible. This is a good time to start boxing up items for your move. Potential homebuyers will definitely open your closets, so make sure they look nice and organized and spacious. Put seasonal items not in use (i.e., winter clothes) into storage to make room.
Okay, this one isn’t fun, but it’s so necessary. Most of us get used to the dusty baseboards and smudged windows, but dirt and dust will stand out to potential homebuyers. Make time for a deep clean and think about areas that commonly get missed. Here are some to get you started:
- Dust blinds/drapes
- Dust lightbulbs/lampshades
- Dust fan blades
- Clean grout/tile/wet surfaces (look for mold/mildew)
- Window sills
- Tops of appliances
- Corners and walls (a Magic Eraser can be a lifesaver if you’ve got smudges on walls and aren’t going to paint)
Quick Pick Up
So you’ve decluttered and scrubbed from floor-to-ceiling. The house looks great, but it doesn’t take long to start looking lived-in again and you find yourself stressing whenever there’s a showing scheduled.
One super-easy solution is to have a few laundry baskets around to quickly gather anything that piles up on the coffee table or any toys that get left out. That way, when your realtor calls to set up that showing, it just takes a few minutes to toss items into the baskets and stash them out of sight.
These are just a few important steps to take when selling your home. We know it can be overwhelming to know what to focus on when you’re trying to put your house on the market in Middle Tennessee (or anywhere, for that matter). Having one of the best real estate agents in the business will make that process a lot easier to navigate, so don’t hesitate to reach out for our help!