If you were considering selling your home this spring but have decided to hold off, there are still things you can do to start preparing your home. Getting your home ready to sell can be stressful and time-consuming, so take advantage of the extra time you have now.
Here are 10 things you can do to prepare to sell while you are spending more time at home.
1. Improve Curb Appeal
Get some fresh air while stepping up your home’s curb appeal. As the weather warms up and everything starts to bloom, take the time to get your hands dirty by trimming some shrubs or cutting your grass. You can also get your kids to help if they’re out of school. Give them simple projects like planting flowers and plants to give some color to your yard.
2. Paint Low-Traffic Areas
A lot of buyers prefer homes that are painted with neutral colors, as it gives them one less task to do when they move in. Since you are spending more time at home, avoid painting high-use areas such as the kitchen and living room. Take it one room at a time and focus on low-traffic areas like guest rooms.
3. Sort and Clean the Garage
The garage is often a neglected space when you’re getting ready to sell. Be a step above other sellers by making this area look organized and usable. This will also help you determine what items you no longer need. Once consignment and thrift stores are open again, you’ll be able to drop off any unwanted items to prepare for your move.
4. Fix Minor Repairs
Hardware stores are still open! Use this time to work on minor tasks that you’ve been putting off. It can be as simple as replacing any burnt-out lightbulbs or, if you’re up for a challenge, try fixing that leaky sink or patching up any holes in the walls.
5. Declutter Closets
All this extra time will allow you to sort through your closets and other storage spaces. You may find items that you didn’t even know you still had or discover that your kids have outgrown some of their clothes. Start to get rid of what you can and find a better way to organize your things. Buyers want to feel like they have enough space to store all of their belongings, and the best way to do this is to keep things from piling up.
6. Rearrange Your Furniture
Experiment with rearranging your furniture to find the right flow for each room. Try walking through your home as if you were a potential buyer and make sure pathways to each room are left open. You’ll eventually want to remove anything that is too large and makes your space feel cramped, so make a list of pieces you plan to get rid of.
7. Make Sure Each Room Has a Purpose
Let buyers visualize how they will be able to use every room in the house. Do you have a bonus room that you never got around to organizing? Consider making it your at-home office while you’re working at home for the next few weeks.
8. Start Your Spring Cleaning
It’s time to start your spring cleaning. Not only is this imperative for your health at this time but it will be good practice for showings once you are ready to list your home. Buyers are going to want to see that the home has been well taken care of – might as well start now!
9. Get Pre-Approved For Your Next Purchase
Interest rates are at an all-time low! You’re likely to be looking for a replacement property as you get ready to sell your current home. Use this as an opportunity to get pre-approved for a mortgage. REX Home Loans offers incredibly competitive rates and fast pre-approvals. Apply online today to speak with one of our highly experienced mortgage professionals!
10. Speak with a REX agent
REX has been a disrupter in the real estate space for years, using AI and machine-learning to sell homes. From being able to list your home without ever meeting with an agent in person, to virtual showings and open houses, REX uses technology to simplify the transaction and keep your safety as our highest priority. Jump on a phone or video call with one of our experienced agents to learn more!
If you’re still considering selling now, REX can help! Learn why now might be the best time to list your home.
Give us a call at 855-205-0599