We’re all familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare, but just in case you aren’t, here’s a quick summary. A speedy and confident rabbit decides to race a slow-moving yet motivated turtle. The hare decides to make plenty of stops along the way, confident that he will come out the victor in the end. But the tortoise never gives up, going as fast as he can for the entirety of the race, and eventually ends up the deserving winner. 

Fables are a great way to teach young kids important values, but the lesson from this famous tale can also be applied to the world of real estate; specifically, the process of selling your home. When you make this crucial and life-changing decision, it’s easy to think that you have to act fast in order to sell your home fast. That’s what the hare would do in this situation! But taking a moment to pause, evaluate the state of your current house, and taking the necessary steps to make it as appealing as possible to buyers will ensure that your home is off the market at a remarkably speedy rate. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to preparing to sell your home.

Depersonalize the Space

When a buyer tours your home through an open house or through a scheduled appointment, they want to envision themselves in the space. Having family pictures covering every inch of every wall makes it hard for them to imagine anyone but YOU living there! Consider removing family photos and excess clutter to ensure your house looks appealing to buyers.

Give the House a Good Scrubbing

While you’re hiding family pictures (and storing them neatly, of course) you might as well get out the vacuum, mop, and Windex, because it’s time to give every room a thorough scrubbing. Cleaning a home is a simple yet effective way to make every square inch of your house memorable. According to Forbes, that means washing appliances, dusting every room, polishing faucets, and cleaning every window. Cleaning also includes removing any unwanted odors from the home, such as the scent of pets, which can be off-putting. 

Focus on Landscaping

Sure, you need to impress prospective buyers with what is inside the home, but if they find the outside of the house unappealing, there is a chance they may not even go in! That’s why putting a focus on landscaping is crucial to selling your home fast. The importance of curb appeal and how it can make or break a home sale cannot be underestimated—even houses have first impressions!

When you decide to sell your home, it’s natural for impatience to kick in. But like the tortoise, if you take your time and do it the right way, your home will sell quickly to a worthy buyer. Starved Rock Realty prides itself on providing exemplary customer service and impeccable knowledge about the area. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your real estate needs and will do whatever it takes to be worthy of your business.  To learn how Starved Rock Realty can help you buying or selling a home, visit our website or call us today at 815-667-9990.