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How to Prepare Your Home for Sale in North Carolina

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Deciding to sell your home is a significant step. The housing market is constantly changing, and there are always unique challenges. Deciding to sell your home also offers several opportunities, like the ability to find your dream home or turn a profit. Being prepared can make a huge difference when it comes to showing buyers your property’s full potential and closing the deal. Here are tips to quickly sell your home.

Clean Up

Despite your best efforts, it is very easy for your home to become messy or cluttered. Mail can pile up, you may feel obligated to hold onto gifts you received even if you do not like or use them, and finding the time to fix broken things is not always easy. Give your space a good hard look and get rid of anything you do not need or use. Cleaning up can make spaces look larger so prospective buyers will see the home for sale and not your stuff.

You can make your move a lot easier by donating or recycling items that don’t serve a purpose anymore. Putting things you do not immediately need into storage is a good compromise that will clear out your home while also getting a jump start on packing.

Nothing Personal

Part of what makes a house a home are the personal items and photos that adorn the walls and shelves. These items may hold special memories for you, but prospective buyers have no connection, so these items are just clutter. Remove personal items so buyers can view the home as a clean slate. Instead of being distracted by your family photos and personal effects, they will notice the crown molding in the living room or the tile work on the kitchen backsplash.

Organize Closets

Storage can be a dealbreaker, and buyers will likely take a peek into the closets to scope out the available space. Organizing your closets will better showcase the space while serving as another opportunity to donate and recycle items that no longer bring your joy. A jam-packed closet overflowing with clothes will send the message that the closets are too small and may prevent buyers from making an offer. Thin out your wardrobe, make sure everything is on a hanger, and match up your shoes, so the closet looks tidy. An organized closet will make the space look larger and help you sell your home.

A high level of organization will show buyers that you are neat and tidy. It stands to reason that someone who organizes their spice drawer or linen closet would also keep up with routine home maintenance, so being organized can pay off.

Make Minor Repairs

Wear and tear are expected, and making minor repairs can make a difference when it is time to sell your home. Scuffed paint or a missing drawer pull can be distracting. Touching up paint and replacing or tightening hardware will enable buyers to focus on the home for sale, not the small issues. If enough issues pile up, a buyer may lose interest, so keep buyers interested by eliminating distractions.

Selling Your Home in NC

Listing your home for sale is exciting, but it can also be nerve-wracking. Taking steps to clean up the space and highlight the space so prospective buyers can envision themselves living there can make a difference. Preparing your home to sell can be a big undertaking, but it can pay off and increase the odds of offers coming in.

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Jon Langley

Jon Langley

Hi! Nice to 'meet' you and thanks for visiting our Southport and Oak Island Real Estate Blog! My name is Jon Langley, and I'm a REALTOR® in Brunswick County, NC. I work alongside some of the best Realtors in the Southport & Oak Island area. I'd love to learn more about you if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram or connect with our team at Southport Oak Island Realty Group. Looking forward to connecting!

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