Selling your home isn’t just hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiator doesn’t mean a buyer will, too. Go ahead and prepare a list of repairs you’ve been putting off and get them done. For example, if you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get that done—hardwood is a huge selling point.

Additionally, buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well.

Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for the buyer. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and re-flooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, and patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

Each step of the selling process is vital. Here at The BelaHomes Property Group, we take the time and effort to set up and market your home so that you get the best price for your property possible. If you are ready to sell, contact us today.