How can owners prep their homes for a sale?

February 19, 2018

Despite the shortage of homes for sale in most markets nationwide, it's still vital for owners to prep their properties ahead of a sale.

While most houses on the market these days receive multiple bids, their owners put in a lot of work to prepare their houses for a sale. Often, that effort includes simple steps, such as decluttering and depersonalizing common rooms where open house visitors are most likely to browse, according to the Tulsa World.

Where to begin
Repainting rooms to be colors that are neutral but still attractive or in line with current real estate trends is probably a good place to start after personal items like family photos and vacation souvenirs are cleared out. In addition to decluttering these rooms, it's also wise to make closets tidy because during an open house, people could poke around into every nook and cranny of a home.

In addition, it's a good idea to make sure the outside of the home is in good shape. Curb appeal is often brought up as being important, but its value in a competitive market cannot be overstated.

What to keep in mind
Experts note that anyone who plans on undertaking a bigger renovation project ahead of a sale this spring should have probably gotten it started already, according to Chicago Magazine. Even simpler efforts like retiling a bathroom or redoing kitchen cabinets could take longer than homeowners have to get their houses ready, or divert attention from other aspects of such prep.

When homeowners plan to sell, talking to a real estate professional about the best ways to make their homes ready for the market can help them understand the best path forward.