If your home has been sitting on the market for longer than you would have liked, there are steps you can take to make your home more appealing to your target audience and get the offers rolling in.
Get Rid of Clutter
The first thing you need to do is get rid of all the clutter in your home. If your home is filled with personal items, and every shelf and space is occupied, your home may be a little too personal, preventing buyers from picturing themselves in your home. All that clutter can prevent a buyer from seeing past your personal items to seeing the bare bones of the space.
You can help by getting rid of all the clutter in your home. Get some boxes and go through each room of your home. Throw away or donate items you don't need or want anymore. Then, pack up everything else. You want to leave each space looking nice and simple. You don't have to get rid of your collection of movies, your Star Wars Lego collection, or all your chicken decorations, but you do need to pack them up and move them into storage.
After you go through each room, have a friend come in and ask them to let you know if the place feels open, and if not, what else you need to get rid of. Getting rid of clutter and depersonalizing the space can allow buyers to see the real potential in your home.
Clean the Overlooked Spaces
Dust and dirt shouldn't matter when someone is looking to purchase a home; the overall structure and integrity of the home is what should matter. However, there is no denying that potential buyers will judge how nice your home is by how clean your home feels and looks.
You need to do a top-down cleaning of your home. Remove all the cobwebs from the ceiling. Dust all the corners of your home. Clean your window sills.
If you don't have the time or ability to deep-clean your home, hire a cleaning agency to come in and deep clean your home for you. Making your home shine can help buyers see past the dust and really appreciate your home for what it is.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Finally, you should rearrange your furniture. You want to make sure that your furniture fits the rooms that it is in. If your bedroom is so clogged with dressers and nightstands that you can't move around, put some of that furniture in storage and open up your bedroom. If your couch in the living room is currently blocking the view from your large front windows, rearrange the space so that your couch is facing the view instead of obstructing it. Your real estate agent can give you tips for rearranging your furniture, or you can hire a home stager to rearrange your furniture.
Once you declutter, deep clean, and rearrange your furniture, you should start to see more offers come in. If this process really transformed how your home looks, you may want to consider reshooting the inside pictures of your home and updating your home listing as well. Many individuals don't look further than the pictures in a listing when deciding if they want to see a home in person.
For more tips, work with a local real estate agent.