You've made the decision to put your St. Charles IL home on the market, now what? Now is when you need to do the following things so that YOUR home will be one of the few that will sell quickly!
It is a Sellers Market, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be doing everything in your power to make your house as deisrable as possible to every "potential buyer" that walks in the door. So we've compiled a list of things for you to do before the sign goes out in front of your home and you start your Home Showings:
1. Boost Your Curb Appeal- Wash the exterior, make sure you can see your homes address, attend to landscaping & cut grass appropriately, add fresh flowers and make sure windows & doors are washed.
2. Is your Front Porch/ Front Door a Welcoming place? A nice, clean welcome mat, potted plants, lighting, outdoor furniture ( in great condition & only if you have enough room).
3. Your house needs to be SPARKLING CLEAN! Shining floors, gleaming windows, even grout scrubbed! Every surface, appliance, nook and cranny needs to be immaculate!
4. CLEAR AWAY CLUTTER! Yes you've heard it a hundred times, but you need to do it. It doesn't matter if you're style is eclectic or you collect things...pack them away. Your house needs to be completely free of clutter. Rent a storage space if need be.
5. Floors. AFter floors have been scrubbed and polished and you find that they still look dull and dingy, you may have to refinish hardwood, or replace vinyl and tile. It may be more than you wanted to spend, but it will be worth it in the long run.
6. Stage your kitchen counters, dining table and other large surfaces. They need to look lived in...but not "lived" in. It is helpful to have your Realtor go through this with you.
7. REFRESH! One of the cheapest and easiest ways to refresh your home is to paint. It will give your home a huge boost that you need before putting it up for sale. Just one reminder....you want to stick to a neutral palette. You want your potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the home with their style..not yours.
8. Potential Buyers WILL open up your closets, so make sure you have cleaned them out too. You can make a small closet look much larger by removing clothing from the rack and moving out everything from the floor and keeping only a few essentials on the shelves above. This is a critical step, since closets and storage are always a big selling point for a home.
9. TOYS- if you have kids you need to make sure that you have organized their toys. It isn't practical to think that you are going to box up their toys while your home is up for sale...that would be cruel! You just need to find the right type of storage containers to that they complement a room, not make it look messy and out of place.
10. If you have an extra room that you have been using as a "dumping ground" for extra items, you need to clean it out now. Make it look like the room it is supposed to be and make it a minimalist version of that room.
11. If you have a bathroom that is quite small, you may want to consider putting in a pedestal sink. They are not costly and they will open up a small room quite a bit over a cabinet version.
12. PETS. We all LOVE our pets, but they are a sore spot when it comes to selling a home. No matter how much a potential buyer loves pets, they don't love pet smells! Make sure you clean, re-clean and deodorize ALL area's of your home prior to putting it on the market. You may also want to consider having your relatives "Pet-Sit" while you are trying to sell your home. That way you'll keep the smells to a minimum and you'll erase the visual of any pets in a home. May be a little hard on everyone, but worth it.
13. Staging your Home. This is important and we'd recommend having a professional do this for you- or at least the main rooms. These individuals take into account the space, light, color, furniture, walking patterns and more...then arrange your room to show it in it's best light. It makes such a difference to the room, home and will to your potential buyers.
Lastly, it is summer and that means that we are all spending lots of time outside, so make your outdoor living space part of the home. You need to stage this area as you would any other part of your home.
If you have questions, or need any help with selling your home, give us a call and we'll be happy to lend our expertise and twenty years of experience to sell your home!