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Preparing Your Home to Wow Buyers

Jonathan Campbell

Jonathan has been selling real estate in the Lehigh Valley for over 10 years with 500 plus home sales...

Jonathan has been selling real estate in the Lehigh Valley for over 10 years with 500 plus home sales...

Nov 26 7 minutes read

Picture this: A solid potential buyer enters your residence, only to find clutter, cracked tiles, and chipped paint. They scurry back out the door. 

That’s not the result you want. 

Remember: You only have 7 seconds to make a first impression. If you want to sell your home successfully, keep this in mind.

After all, you want potential buyers to fall in love at first sight. You don’t want them to walk away. 

So, take steps to prepare your home for sale so that you can find the best buyer possible. This way, you can get the price you want and sell within the timeframe you need.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to prepare your home for the best sale. Follow it —and you’ll have a quick, profitable home sale

Remember the 3 R’s: Remove, Repair, and Renew

When you prepare your home for sale, follow the three R’s. These are:

  • Remove: Get rid of clutter and excess stuff. Scientific research proves the relationship between clutter and stress. A messy home will give off the wrong vibes. You want the home to look spacious and tidy. This will make buyers feel relaxed while walking around the home.

  • Repair: Fix everything you can before selling your home, if it’s cost-effective to do so. Think squeaky hinges, broken light bulbs, leaky faucets, and dents in the wall. Prioritize repairs for issues buyers will notice right away. 

  • Renew: Organize and clean each room so that it looks like a display house. Adding fresh coats of neutral paint can increase your home value immediately. Enhancing home focal points, like the bathroom, kitchen, and master bedroom, benefits appeal and resale value too. 

Why are the three R’s so crucial to a successful sale? 

Well, at DLP Realty, our Success Managers repeatedly find that people can’t visualize the potential of a home. They must see it. This means that how your home shows — today — is how

people see themselves in it. They can’t see past the leaks, clutter, and stains. In fact, they tend to focus even more on those things.

In short, eliminate the problem areas. This will let the bright spots of your home stand out even more. That’s what you want, right?

Even if you can’t do all the repair work on your own, it pays to hire a contractor. Your realtor can help with finding the right contractor.

Turn lookers into buyers

Want to know how to prepare your home for sale?

Make your home inviting for potential buyers. This requires you detach yourself from the home. 

First and foremost, adhere to professional home staging tips. For example, you should cut the grass, plant flowers, and landscape to enhance curb appeal. You should also leave lights on and open the curtains to boost natural lighting and space. 

Second, if you truly want to prepare your home for sale, get rid of personal belongings, such as family photos and personal items. We know this can be tough, as you’ve made memories there. But if you enable buyers to imagine themselves living in the home, they’re more likely to form a connection to the home. 

This doesn’t imply the home should look sterile. Keep decorations, artwork, and other decor that spruces up the place. That’s vital to making a good impression. Simply remove your household’s personal traces (i.e. keep the Picasso painting but remove the picture of you having a feast at Thanksgiving).

Third, be a good seller. That means:

  • Not being there during showings: Buyers want the freedom to look around and discuss the property. If you’re there, they may not feel as comfortable. Go have lunch, see a movie, or walk in the park. Just get out of the house!

  • Being flexible when scheduling: The best buyer may not have time to see the home from 1-4 pm on Sunday. Offer as much availability as possible for showing the home. This way, you don’t miss any good offers. 

Lastly, have helpful information available. A brochure that includes information about the home and neighborhood is ideal. You can include information on dining, parks, schools, and more. Photos depicting your home in different seasons helps as well. It’s all to help your potential buyer visualize life in the home. 

Consider an Immediate Buyout Program

The average home stays on the market for 68 days, according to real estate research. Even if you do everything possible to prepare your home for sale, there’s no guarantee you can find a suitable home buyer.

Because sometimes, the market favors buyers and not sellers. As a CNBC report details, the US real estate market has shifted to a buyer’s market in late 2019. In such a market, you may not have the ability to sell your home quickly and at the best possible price. 

Thankfully, solutions exist if selling your home isn’t going as expected. At DLP Realty, we created a solution for you to sell your home with no hassles. It’s called the Immediate Buyout Program.

If you sign up for the Immediate Buyout Program, you’ll get a cash offer from us within 24 hours. And that cash can be in your pocket within 7 days. That means you can sell your home with no showings, no commissions, and no repairs. And you’ll get more than you think. 

So, in addition to preparing your home for sale, keep solutions like DLP Realty’s Immediate Buyout Program in your playbook. This strategy will guarantee you a quick, profitable sale.

Wow buyers and get the offers you want

With a smart strategy, you can sell your home quickly and at a high price. Begin by following the three R’s and improving your home’s quality and feel. During the selling process, utilize best practices for home staging and be an understanding seller. 

If you do those things, you can increase your chances of success. Partner with the right real estate agent, such as one of our Success Managers, and you’ll enjoy an even better probability of a successful sale. 

Finally, to guarantee success, no matter the market conditions, have a backup solution. AT DLP Realty, our Immediate Buyout Program can deliver the results you need.

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