Every seller wants their home to sell fast and for top dollar, but it takes more than luck to make that happen. Selling your home quick and for it’s worth takes careful planning and preparation.

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home
Letting go can be difficult. You’ve lived here, possibly for years, and it’s your home. It’s become a part of you. But you have to make that emotional break. Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Say goodbye to every room. Stand in each doorway and talk out loud about your memories if that’s what it takes. Don’t look backward, look to the future – your new home!

Now Depersonalize the Space
Buyers tend to have a hard time seeing past personal effects. You don’t want your potential buyers to be distracted so pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want them to be able to imagine their own photos on the walls and the life they’ll have in their new home.

Depersonalizing Includes Decluttering
When a buyer sees everything organized, it says that you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. Remove books from bookcases and pack up those knickknacks, declutter your home. Clean everything off your kitchen counters. Essential items that you use daily can be tucked away in small boxes that you can place in a closet when they’re not in use. Think of this process as a head start on the packing you’ll eventually have to do anyway.

Consider Renting a Storage Unit
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage, along with that garish sofa that only you like. Your bookcases are now empty so store them, too. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture to showcase the room’s purpose with plenty of room for buyers to move around.

Remove/Replace Favorite Items
If you want to take certain window coverings, built-in appliances, or fixtures with you, now’s the time to remove them. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great-grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it and they’ll be no dispute later. When you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she’ll covet it and this could blow your deal.

Make Minor Repairs
In some seller’s markets, you can sell a home in lived-in condition without much complaint but in normal markets or a buyer’s market, repairs can make or break your sale.Take the time to replace cracked floor or counter tiles and patch any holes in the walls. Fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly, as well as kitchen drawers that jam.

Make the House Sparkle!
Cleaning your home should go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning jobs, even if you have to hire someone to do it. It could take all day to complete this job so you might want to pay for assistance. Yes, you’re still living there so it’s not going to be absolutely spotless 24/7. But make it a habit to clean up after yourself daily—maybe more than you would normally bother with until the weekend.

Scrutinize Curb Appeal
A potential sale is toast if a buyer won’t even get out of her agent’s car because the exterior of the home is unappealing. So open your front door and step outside. Look up at your abode. Does it make you want to enter? Does the house welcome you?

For more tips on getting your home ready to sell, contact the agents of Innovative Realty Solutions.