When you have made the decision to sell your home and move on, you need to hire a good realtor who will help you sell it. They will help you through the complex business of selling your home easier and faster, if possible. However, you have to do certain preparations yourself in order to prep the home for its sale. For instance, the first thing you need to do is let go of your emotional attachments. Memories come in waves when you plan to sell your childhood home or the first home you owned or started living with your partner. Tough as it may seem, that’s the first thing that you should do – let go of your attachments and prepare yourself emotionally.

Here are some tips you can follow to stage your home for a sale:

Through the eyes of a prospective buyer

Generally, people love custom built homes. But sometimes, circumstances force them to buy homes that others have put up for sale. So you have to look through the eyes of the prospective buyer and modify or renovate your home to make it look modern and appealing. You may have to tear down certain cramped rooms and make them spacious enough. You may have to add another bathroom, renovate the bathrooms themselves, modify the patio, install a study and so on. To do these projects, you need to be unattached and unemotional. Just think of your home as a product you need to sell. True, it is not easy, but necessary.

Major repairs and cleaning

If your home was built recently, then thankfully it shouldn’t need any major renovations. In that case, all you need to do is repair those leaky faucets and pipes and clean the debris from the windows. You can beautify the driveway, make the garage look presentable and trim the shrubs in the garden. Repairs can be divided into two categories

  • Cosmetic repairs where you paint the walls and put in wall paper and the like
  • Mechanical repairs where you make sure all the appliances are in good working order.

Be consistent with the neighborhood

True, your house must look appealing, but it shouldn’t stick out like sore thumb in the community. Too many upgrades and renovations in a community that houses ordinary and simple family is just not accepted. This is because of two reasons

  • Your house will naturally be priced higher than all the homes in the community because of all those upgrades
  • Buyers check out the community before they buy a home.

If your home is the only one with fancy upgrades then it may be more attractive. Smart buyers look at the community first and the home later.