There are many reasons you might want to sell your Maine home. Maybe your company needs you to relocate, or your family is growing and you need more space, or you’d simply like to test out a new area. Whatever your reason, Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson, Realtors has you covered. Here is a quick list of steps you can take as you prepare to sell your Maine home.
1. Spruce it up.
Gently updating your Maine home before you sell it is always a good idea. While you won’t get your investment back on huge improvement projects (like redoing the bathroom or putting in a pool), you can on little things like installing new curtain rods and towel bars, fixing leaky faucets and sliding doors that stick, and purchasing a new throw pillow or two. It’s also a good idea to repaint your walls a nice, neutral color so that you can ensure your home appeals to everyone. As a final step, make sure that you house is always clean. If you feel overwhelmed by constantly vacuuming, dusting, and restoring your home after the high traffic that a showing causes, consider hiring a professional cleaning company.
2. Depersonalize it.
While you may love Fido, not every homebuyer is going to. Make sure that your house is devoid of all personal effects. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, pet food and water bowls, pet beds, pet toys, litter boxes, and the like. If you have children, you’ll also want to make sure that their toys are picked up and out of sight. It’s also a good idea to tuck away most of your family photos. The goal is to get other people to visualize your current house and their future home. That’s kind of hard for them to do while your personal signature is still visible.
3. Ensure curb appeal.
Potential homebuyers start formulating opinions on your property as soon as it comes into view. If you’re selling your Maine home in the spring or summer, make sure your lawn is cut and your flowerbeds mulched. If you plan to sell in the fall or winter, ensure that the leaves are raked or the snow is shoveled. Your mailbox should be straight, not rusty, and your address should be clearly visible. When homebuyers turn onto your street, you want them to see your home and pray it’s the one they came to look at.
4. Get your papers in order.
Make sure you know where all the operating manuals are for your kitchen appliances, washer, and dryer, etc. If your home’s heating and cooling system is under warranty, or has a handbook, ensure that you have it handy as well. You don’t want to leave a homebuyer to track down this information. It’s also a good idea to locate these files before you meet with a real estate agent. It shows that you’ve done your homework and are ready to begin the process ASAP.
5. Empty it out.
The final quick trick to preparing your Maine home to sell is removing items to make more room. This step is different from removing your personal affects in that removing bigger ticket items opens up space, making rooms seem bigger. So, does your living room have two couches? Make it one. Is your closet bursting with shoes and sweaters? It’s time to put some of them in storage. Clearing space makes your home seem cleaner, bigger, and allows potential homebuyers to envision their belongings in the space.
As always, if you need help preparing your Maine home for the market, do not hesitate to contact us today!