Putting a house on the market is more than simply sticking a “for sale” sign in the front yard. If you want to impress potential buyers and get an offer that reflects the true value of your property, you’ll need to do a few key things to prepare to sell your house.

Improve Curb Appeal to Sell Your House

Your front yard is the first thing anyone sees when coming to your home, including potential buyers. First impressions are important, so take some time to improve the yard and impress your buyers.

Get your house ready to sell by taking care of the exterior. Mow the lawn, pull weeds, wash the siding, pressure wash the sidewalk, and apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Your house will look clean and well-kept when potential buyers drive by or come for a tour.

Stage the House

A cluttered house is a real turnoff for potential buyers. Homebuyers want to see the property as a blank canvas with plenty of space. The fewer belongings, the easier it is for them to imagine themselves living there. Stage your home by clearing out unused items. In each room, there should only be a few pieces of tastefully arranged furniture.

Staging includes hidden places like closets and cabinets. Homebuyers often look for storage space, and having closets full of clothes and miscellaneous items gives the impression that your home doesn’t have enough space. If you’re still living in the home, rent a storage unit for belongings that don’t fit in your house while it’s being staged.

Sell Your House by Taking Care of Minor Repairs

A house that is in excellent condition will attract higher offers from buyers. Completing minor repairs to prepare for a sale will save you from having to fix something quickly as part of negotiations later on. Keeping the home up-to-date and in good condition will make your property stand out.

There are plenty of tasks to keep you busy as you prepare a property for the real estate market. Talk to your real estate agent for advice on what areas to update and improve. Taking the time to tackle the tasks on this list will pay off by impressing buyers and attracting higher offers.

SC Property Inspections provides inspections to customers in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. If you’re selling a home, contact us to schedule a pre-listing home inspection.