Organize and prioritize

Putting your Charlotte NC home up for sale can be a real challenge. For many sellers, one of the most dreaded tasks is to prepare the home for sell.

Cleaning, decluttering, and organizing your home takes up too much time and effort, and if you are busy with work, you may not have the energy to deal with it all.

But this step is crucial if you want to sell your home in Charlotte successfully, so you have to do it.

Is there an efficient way to deal with home preparation prior to selling? Yes, there is.

Here’s a ten-step home preparation guide which can help you make the most use of your time and effort.

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1.  Declutter. Clutter makes your home seem smaller. Removing unnecessary items can free up the space in your home, which gives it a more open look.

Throw out, give away, or put into storage any unused items. Decluttering can take up time, so it is best to do it long before you have the open house.

A great tip I have picked up is to commit 10 minutes each day to decluttering.

Use that time to go through rooms in your home and start putting things you don’t use inside a large black trash bag. Do this for ten minutes each day, until you feel that only the essentials remain in your room. Then move on to the next room.

At the end of the week, you’ll notice you have cleared a good amount of space in the different rooms of the house.

2. Organize. Once only the essential items are left, organize everything so it looks tidy and presentable. Home buyers like to check closets and drawers, so make sure that you also clear out those areas. When your things are organized, home buyers can more easily imagine their things in those spaces.

3. Depersonalize. Now is the best time to take down those old photos hanging down the wall. When you are selling your Charlotte home, your personal taste should not be reflected on the wall and in the decor of the home. No, there is nothing wrong with your preferences, but remember that it is the house you are selling, not you.

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4. Clean. Cleaning is so much easier when there’s less stuff and mess, which is why it is important that you declutter first before you attempt to clean.

You’ve probably seen episodes of Clean House or Hoarders, and how drastic the difference is when the homes are cleaned.

For homebuyers, one of the biggest turnoffs is a dirty house. You don’t have to tackle the entire home in a day. You can do it one room at a time.

Or if you don’t have the time, have professional cleaners do it. Your home will look so clean and fresh by the time they are done.

5. Repair. There is no better time to fix that loose cabinet door or leaking faucet than when you are preparing your home to sell. Fix everything that needs repair, from the basement to the roof. You don’t want the buyer to find a reason to break the deal due to repairs that can be easily fixed.

6. Repaint. A fresh coat of paint is like an instant booster – it changes the look of the house. Paint can make a house look smaller, bigger, lighter, or wider.  In choosing color, go for a neutral tone. Beige, cream, taupe and white are among the most popular choices, and it makes a great base for a bold trim color.

7. The smell test. Each home has a unique smell. You may not notice it, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there. It could be from your pet, your air freshener, or your favorite food.

The best way to solve this dilemma is to ask a friend to come in and tell you honestly what your home smells like, then try to eliminate the smell. One of the source of offending smells is the carpet. Have the carpets deep cleaned or replace if necessary.

8. Sparkling appliances. It would not be appealing if your house is clean, but your appliances are not. Make sure to thoroughly clean all your appliances, and to organize your food inside the refrigerator. This may seem excessive, but you’ll never know if and when a possible homebuyer will look in your refrigerator.

9. Stage. This part is a favorite among many homeowners. Staging is fun and easy when you’ve cleared most of the furniture and appliances of your Charlotte NC home for sale.   Think minimalism when you stage. Think of the stunning photos of homes in various magazines and TV shows that you see, get some staging ideas from those.

10. Curb appeal. Don’t forget curb appeal! A home with lovely curb appeal draws the eyes, and is very appealing to home buyers. Make sure that your front lawn is well-kept, trim the pathway, repaint the porch and front door and add some flowers to the garden for a pop of color.

Yes, selling your Charlotte property  can be a difficult real estate journey, which is why it is better to be organized. Having a time table and sticking to it will also help.

Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794. Allow me to help you prepare and stage your home better to get its best price when selling.

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