At Home With Yelp: Get Your House Ready For Home-Buying Season

Spring selling season is just around the corner and it’s never too early to give some thought to how you can make your home standout against the competition. Taking steps to prepare your home now will help you avoid the stress of a last minute rush to market.

If you’re preparing to put your home up for sale, here are a few ways that Yelp can help improve the odds that your home will shine among the sea of new listings hitting the springtime real estate market:

  • Start your spring cleaning early – From the windows to the closets to the carpets, make sure you’re cleaning your home from top to bottom to impress buyers and make your home seem even more appealing. If anything is seriously damaged, find a professional on Yelp to help get your home in to selling shape!
  • Take care of your floors – When you’re selling your home, you’re likely seeing increased foot traffic. With spring’s unpredictable weather, your floors can take a tough beating. Invest in heavy duty floor mats on the inside and outside to help trap and lock away dirt before it ruins your floors and turns off prospective buyers.
  • Get professional photographs – Photos taken on your phone or tablet won’t cut it for prospective buyers. Invest in professional photographs to show off your home. Some real estate agents may even offer photographs as part of their work with you.
  • Begin the move out process! Remember, you’re selling your property, not your favorite collection of DVD’s or your kids toys. Prepare your home for the prospective buyer by narrowing down your essentials to showcase closet space or square footage. Consider moving your items to a temporary storage unit – and you can find both movers AND highly recommended storage facilities nearby on Yelp!

If you spend the winter months preparing for spring, you’ll find yourself ready to move fast when buyers come out of hibernation.

Interior design and life stylist,Lauren Makk is Yelp’s new Home Editor You may recognize Lauren from TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” ABCs “FAB Life” and OWN’s “Home Made Simple.” Now as a part of the Yelp family, she’ll be sharing how you can use Yelp to create incredible, affordable transformations in your home. You can find more tips from Lauren here.