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Preparing Your Hampton Roads Home To Sell

hampton roads realtorWhen we live in a home, we grow with it. We get used to the little nuances and can sometimes put the obvious problems to the back of our minds. However, when it comes time to selling a home, we have to get rid of the attachment and take an objective look at our surroundings.

To prepare your Hampton Roads home for the market, get started by bringing in your REALTOR for a walk-through. They’ll be able to give you the first impression opinion and to help you craft a preparation checklist. These lists will be different for each home, but here are the basics to get you started. Your PerfectHouse Team REALTOR knows what current buyers are looking for and what small fixes can be done to a home to wow potential buyers.

The trick to getting every nook and cranny in a home is to start on the outside and to work your way in circles through every room. If you cover every inch of territory, your home will be cleaner than ever before. You’ll want to take care of everything, including washing both sides of every window and emptying the gutters. Fixing dings and dents from normal wear and tear doesn't cost a lot but has a huge impact on the impression of the home when buyers walk through for the first time.

First impressions are everything, so focus on the curb appeal. Start with a clean, trimmed lawn and consider little fixes like a new mailbox, or straightening bricks on landscaping boarders. These small details will show that you’ve taken care to present your home to buyers.

Once you’re inside, continue to look over your home with a fine-toothed comb. Look for burnt out light bulbs, minimize personal items, and ask your REALTOR about home staging. The goal here is to make your home as much of a clean slate as possible. Buyers want to be able to visualize themselves living in each space. Not sure if you’ll have time to clean your home? It may be worth it to hire a cleaning company.

Keep reading the sellers guide to learn how the PerfectHouse Team will help you with home staging.