If you’re reading this, you’re probably about to put your home on the market, or just thinking about it. There’s a lot that can go into preparing your home for the market. Work smart. Make sure you call an experienced local realtor first, preferable the best realtor in Lenawee County to help you prioritize your to do list and let you know what does or does not need to be done.

Don’t over upgrade

Certain home improvements or updates may get you a decent return on investment. Getting new appliances for a fresh look, finishing projects and making needed repairs is a great start. It’s important that you don’t make improvements that are too specific to you or your lifestyle. You may not want to waste the money on adding that sunroom, when potential buyers may prefer outdoor deck space. When you do repairs in the house, don’t go overboard or over embellish. It may be a waste of money in the long run. Your best bet is to talk to a local expert realtor that can give you some insight into what buyers are looking for in your specific market. They can also help you understand what’s selling in your neighborhood and get spot on pricing to help your home sell quickly, and possibly without wasting a lot of time and money on certain improvements.

Don’t pack it in. Pack it up!

When getting your home ready to sale, make it as neutral as possible. Everyone has different a different taste in decorating, so make sure your home is appealing to as many people as possible. Undoubtedly, there are probably some really great selling features in our house – your dusty artificial flower arrangement and a picture of your cat is probably not one of them! Now is a good time to start packing while depersonalizing your space. Having trouble knowing what to keep out or put away? Ask your realtor or hire a professional stager to help you show off your home.

Don’t be creepy

Oh, boy. Can this get weird or what? When potential buyers come to your home, it’s important for the sale of the house that they feel like it’s their home. They should be able to picture themselves living in your home by walking around freely and being able talk openly to their realtor and anyone who is accompanying them. It can be very awkward for buyers to actually look at your home while you are following their every move. Their only thought may be, “how fast can we get out of here?”.  It’s going to be hard to sell your home if you are literally chasing them away! The exception is for buyers. Get personal. When you find a home you really love, write a note and let them know why the home is meant for you! Especially with multiple offers, it can be what seals the deal.

Don’t be too sensitive

If I know anything about real estate, it’s that it’s emotional. Understand that not everyone is going to love your home. A deal breaker for one person, may be easy for someone else to overlook. Some criticism can be taken with a grain of salt, while others can really be an insight to what other buyers are looking for! It may be a great opportunity to make some profitable changes to show off in future showings.


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