A common mistake homeowners make when trying to sell a family home is to just leave it as it is and hope some buyer finds it appealing. There might be a buyer out there who falls in love with your home just as it is. But if you want to sell your home for a good price and promptly, you are better off not making that assumption. There are some small things you can do to make a family home more appealing to home buyers, and they are almost always worth doing.
1. Paint over any brightly colored walls.
Even though most people know it's not wise to turn down a house because of paint colors, human nature still causes people to be turned off after looking at rooms painted in colors they don't like. You don't have to paint every room—unless your whole house is painted lime green or something—but you should paint any rooms that are currently a really polarizing color. For example, if your teenager went through a phase and painted their walls in pink camouflage, covering those walls with a pale gray will make the space more appealing to buyers.
2. Remove family photos.
Buyers will have a hard time picturing themselves in your home if there are family photos everywhere. So, walk your way through the house, and remove any personal and family photos and decorations from the walls. Put them in the closet for the time being. If the walls look too bare, visit a local home goods store and purchase some inexpensive pictures to hang in their place.
3. Replace stained carpet.
Worn carpet is one thing. If it looks clean, many buyers will overlook it and figure they'll just replace it in a year or two. Stained carpet, though, is an entirely different matter. Even if those stains are just from paint and art supplies your kids were using, they make the carpet look dirty, which makes the whole house look dirty. Replacing the carpet is worthwhile, even if you have to go with a lower-end, inexpensive carpet to keep costs down. If there's a viable floor under the carpet, you can just rip it up.
Sure, a buyer or two might be interested in your home as it is. But wouldn't you rather have multiple interested buyers willing to offer top dollar? Make the change above, and this is what you can expect.
Once you sign the sale contract with your listing agent, there's a good chance that things will start moving quickly. Your agent will want you to stage your home for the listing photos, open houses, and showings. If you've never experienced the staging process, you may not know exactly what to do or where to start. The information on this site will help you to not only understand what's expected of staging but also offer tips for you to maximize your efforts without investing a lot of time. I hope the information here makes your home sale process a little bit less confusing and a little easier to manage.