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Spring Cleaning: How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

Dated: February 22 2024

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Selling your home is more than just a transaction. It's a process filled with memories, hopes, and aspirations. When you’re ready to sell your home in Nashville, the Holmes + Pruett Homes Team is ready to guide you through the entire process. If you’re considering an important step like listing your home for sale, here are some tips that can help streamline things for you. Our team is made up of all Nashville-area natives and offers a blend of deep local roots and professional expertise, ensuring your home resonates with potential buyers.

Laying the Groundwork: Declutter and Depersonalize

The initial step in preparing your home for sale is to create an environment that allows potential buyers to see themselves living there. This process involves going from room to room and decluttering and depersonalization each room in your home. Things like magnets on refrigerators, children’s drawings, and family photos are all things that should be removed from view during listing photos, showings, and open houses. Buyers will be looking in closets, behind doors, maybe even under beds, so make sure everything has a home. Pack away out-of-season clothing, clean off bathroom sinks, and box away anything you don’t need regularly. You’ll be boxing it up soon anyway!

The Importance of Curb Appeal

Home with curb appeal

The journey into successfully selling your home begins the moment potential buyers see it as they approach it. Listing photos will attract attention, but the curb appeal is the first thing people FEEL, and it’s crucial in setting the right tone for when potential buyers tour your home. Many studies haven proven the value of a few seasonal flowers or plants, removing weeds, getting rid of leaves, and making the outside as welcoming as possible. That first impression often means the difference between selling and waiting. Simple touch-ups, such as keeping the lawn cut, a fresh coat of paint on the front door, and decluttered walkways, can transform the exterior of your home into an inviting preview of the warmth and comfort that await inside.

Make Minor Repairs and Improvements

The value of addressing minor repairs cannot be overstated. Ensure that every aspect of your home is in good condition. Fix leaky faucets, repair loose floorboards, patch walls, replace loose or missing shingles, and replace outdated light fixtures. This not only presents your home in its best light but also conveys a message of a well-maintained and loved property. When you list your home with the Holmes + Pruett Homes Team, we will even front the bill for repairs that are likely to show up on an inspection report. You pay nothing until you close on the sale of your home.

Let Buyers See the Possibilities: The Art of Home Staging

Properly staged home ready to sell

Staging your home is a strategic move aimed at highlighting its best features while making it feel welcoming and lived in. Many potential buyers won’t be able to picture their own belongings in a completely empty room. Staging also helps buyers see how they might choose to live in each room. Part of staging often includes painting any surfaces that you’ve customized (think purple, green, yellow) to a neutral tone like beige, tan, or even white. By arranging furniture to maximize space, incorporating neutral decor to appeal to a broad audience, and adding touches of warmth through lighting, staging can significantly enhance the appeal of your home.

Professional Photography

Most buyers start their search online. Professional photography plays a major role in making sure your home is presented in the best possible way that attracts and engages potential buyers. Once your home is decluttered and freshened up, our team provides high-quality, professional listing photos at no charge.

Embracing the Local Lifestyle

Middle Tennessee has many communities, a rich history, and beautiful landscapes. Showcasing the local lifestyle and amenities can significantly enhance the attractiveness of your home. Whether it's the proximity to top-rated schools, local parks, or community events, highlighting what makes living in Middle Tennessee special can be a strong selling point for potential buyers. We’ll make sure to include those important aspects when we list your home.

Effective Marketing Strategies: Connecting with Potential Buyers

Selling your home requires a comprehensive marketing approach that goes beyond just taking a few photos with a phone and throwing it on the MLS. Using a mix of traditional and digital marketing techniques, from engaging property descriptions to targeted social media campaigns and professional listing photos (again, we’ll cover those for you), the Holmes + Pruett Homes Team crafts a marketing plan that ensures your home reaches a wide audience and connects with the right buyers. Check out our Seller Promise to see exactly how we approach selling your home in Nashville. And since we’re part of the Berkshire Hathaway network, your home will get a ton of visibility.

A Partnership Built on Trust: The Holmes + Pruett Homes Team Difference

Navigating the complexities of the real estate market requires a trusted partner who understands your needs and goals. As Middle Tennessee natives, the Holmes + Pruett Homes Team is a team of more than just real estate agents. We’re your advisors, advocates, and friends, committed to providing personalized service and expert guidance every step of the way.

Your Trusted Advisors in Middle Tennessee Real Estate

Preparing your home for sale is a journey that involves careful planning, attention to detail, and strategic marketing. By decluttering, enhancing curb appeal, making a few minor repairs, staging effectively, investing in professional photography, highlighting the local lifestyle, and employing a comprehensive marketing strategy, you can significantly increase your home's appeal and marketability. The Holmes + Pruett Homes Team is dedicated to guiding you through this process, leveraging our deep understanding of the Nashville real estate market, and our commitment to personalized service to ensure a successful sale. We invite you to partner with us as we navigate this journey together, turning the sale of your home into a memorable and rewarding experience.

 

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Patrick Pruett

I have a pretty unique background compared to most agents, which is one of the main reasons I’ve been able to help so many clients. One thing a lot of people don’t know is that I once had ....

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