It doesn’t matter if you’re selling your home in a buyer’s or a seller’s market, selling can be a stressful situation.
For starters, you need to keep your house looking presentable at all times, and that’s not to mention the fact that you need to be ready to vacate the premise at a moment’s notice. The worst part is that all of this is all the more stressful if you have pets or children.
Still, it’s important to remember that potential buyers are most interested in homes that have recently been put on the market. That being said, you need to have your home ready, so that you can hit the ground running and have it sold before the listing becomes stale.
Below, we’ll go over 3 minimalist tips that will help you prepare your home and sell it quickly.
1. Clear Out the Clutter
Nobody wants to walk into a house and be overwhelmed by how much stuff is crammed into it. Therefore, it’s very important to declutter your home before you even think about putting it on the market.
Most people think that the best way to do this is to hide everything in your closets and storages spaces.
But anyone touring your home is likely to look in these spots, and, if your storage spaces are overstuffed and unorganized, it could cause potential buyers to think that your home is lacking something.
As a minimalist, I recommend that you sell or get rid of anything that you don’t need. However, another alternative is to rent a storage unit to store your unneeded possessions. Anything that you don’t use on a daily basis should be disposed of or stored until your home is sold.
2. Remove Personal Decorations
While you may love your family pictures hanging on your walls and adorning every shelf in your home, potential buyers simply don’t care about seeing your pictures from your last family outing. In fact, having pictures or any sort of personal décor can actually prevent potential buyers from being able to imagine themselves living in the home.
Removing any personal photographs and memorabilia also makes it much easier for people to focus on the home’s features, instead of its decorations. In the same veins, it’s important to remove anything that distracts from the house.
In the end, you want your home to be interesting, not your interior design skills.
3. Brighten Things Up
Dark or poorly lit rooms can make a home feels dreary and depressing. So, one extremely helpful and easy minimalist tip is to brighten things up by using both natural and artificial light.
For this, real estate experts recommend using the highest wattage light bulbs you can find. This will automatically make your rooms feel brighter and more inviting to potential buyers.
Also, when showing your home, make sure to leave the lights on and open up all your curtains and blinds to take full advantage of the sun’s natural light.
Another easy way to brighten up a room is to slap on a fresh coat of paint. It’s easy, affordable, and can make a drastic difference in the appearance of your home.
Selling Your Home Faster
Although selling a home can be a tedious task, especially when you’re hoping to do it quickly, it doesn’t have to be stressful.
By following these 3 minimalist tips, you’ll have your home looking clean, uncluttered, and ready for potential buyers to imagine themselves moving in as soon as possible.
Darren Robertson is a top-producing licensed REALTOR® in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Valuing service over sales, Darren is known by his clients for both his extensive local market knowledge, as well his patience and reliability as he helps them on their home buying and home selling journey. Darren is a tech-forward agent who places a heavy emphasis on internet marketing and blogging in his business. When he’s not helping his clients buy and sell homes, he enjoys going on adventures with his beautiful wife and two little ones, strategy games, movies, red wine, and traveling.