When getting ready to sell your home in the Bahamas, you’ll want to make sure your property looks its best when it goes on the market. Below, you'll find a checklist of some things to do that will help buyers feel at home when they visit your property.
Staging Your Home
Staging your home effectively can help you sell your home faster and for a higher price. Most buyers form an opinion about a home in the first 7-10 seconds of an in person visit and over 90% of home searches begin online. You’ve probably heard the expressions “first impressions count” and “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so your property needs to look great in person and in professional photos.
Ask your agent for advice on staging your home. It can be difficult to see your own home with fresh eyes. Bahamas Realty agents will give you honest advice about what you can do to help get your home in sale condition. Consider hiring a professional home stager to help you get the highest return. We can put you in touch with a professional home stager who usually offers a free no obligation consultation.
Clean, Declutter, Depersonalize, Organize
- Remove or reduce family photos, décor items, and knick knacks.
- Clean the ceiling fans.
- Dust and wipe down walls and baseboards.
- Vacuum, mop, and/or clean carpets. Remove soiled rugs.
- Launder or vacuum the window treatments.
- Clean bathrooms and remove items from the counters.
- Wash the windows.
- Replace or repair damaged blinds.
- Replace blown light bulbs and outdated lighting fixtures.
- Remove excess books, magazines, and toys.
- Tidy closets. Remove seasonal items and organize loose clothing.
- Remove excess furniture pieces. Keeping furnishings minimal will make the rooms appear larger.
- Use rooms for their intended purposes.
- Touch-up paint on walls and trim. Consider repainting walls in a fresh neutral shade.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms when it comes to selling your home.
- Box up all extra plates and serving pieces.
- Organize your spice rack and pantry.
- Move appliances you seldom use to your cabinets or pantry.
- Scrub your sink.
- Change the drip pans on your stovetop.
- Clean the oven.
- Clean and declutter the fridge.
- Wipe down all appliances.
- Make any necessary repairs.
Boost curb appeal – the exterior attractiveness of your home will be the first impression for the buyer.
- Wash windows.
- Check for rot and mildew.
- Spot clean, if needed.
- Pressure wash and touch up paint if needed.
- Sweep the front porch/stoop.
- Trim the lawn and hedges.
- Place fresh potted flowers around your front door.
- Purchase a new welcome mat.
- Remove excess garden furniture/toys and garden equipment.
Prepare for Showings and Open Houses
- Keep the home in show-ready condition at all times.
- Make it easy for agents to show the home when you are not available by setting up lockboxes or giving your agent a key for appointments.
- Open blinds and turn on lights so that the home is bright.
- Turn on a/c so that buyers are welcomed to a comfortable environment that they can imagine themselves relaxing in.
- Ensure the kitchen is clean and do not leave dishes in the sink or dish drainer. Leave the counters clutter-free.
- Make beds and remove or tidy away any laundry.
- Keep the home smelling fresh. Brew a pot of coffee, burn a scented candle.
- Remove pet odors. Tuck away food and water dishes; remove soiled pet beds and litter-boxes. Clean up pet droppings in the yard.
- Put away toys.