Fellow military families, we see you! If you’re gearing up and listing your home for sale this spring, we’ve got your six. We are military spouses, so we understand the unique challenges of juggling life, family responsibilities, and the ever-changing landscape of relocations. Today, we’ll walk you through essential tips to ensure your home stands out in the market. From quick prep hacks to strategic planning, this is your go-to resource for a smooth and successful home selling journey. Let’s dive into these actionable tips designed to make your listing a success, even in the midst of military life’s unpredictability.

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When you get that unexpected showing request, you need to move fast. Don’t turn down a showing because the house its picture perfect.  Keep laundry baskets strategically placed in different areas of your home. These baskets aren’t just for laundry; they’re your secret weapon. Toss in any stray toys, shoes, or clutter, and voila! You’re ready for potential buyers to walk through your home hassle-free. Quick and simple, just the way we like it.

Furry Friends and First Impressions

We all love our four-legged family members, but not everyone is a pet enthusiast. While buyers are forgiving, they will notice things like lingering odors, messy litter boxes, or pet hair galore.  To ensure your home appeals to everyone, consider boarding your pets or arranging for a friendly neighbor to pet-sit during the first crucial week on the market. This way, potential buyers can focus on the charm of your home without any unexpected encounters with your overly excited pup.

Neutralize Your Space

Think about your favorite hotel room – it’s neutral, inviting, and appeals to a broad audience. Apply the same concept to your home. Consider repainting bold-colored walls with neutral tones, and remove personal items like excessive family photos. Creating a neutral canvas allows potential buyers to envision their own story in your space. Side note:   We personally remove anything military affiliated – not because we are super secretive – but because we don’t want prospective buyers assuming we are on a strict timeline and NEEDING to sell!

Curb Appeal Magic

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling your home. Spruce up your curb appeal to catch the eye of potential buyers. Trim those unruly bushes, plant some colorful flowers, and give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Splurge with a new welcome mat and sweep your porch.  Clean the dirt and weathering off the front door and make sure the key/keyless entry works without issues.  A welcoming exterior and entry sets a positive tone and invites buyers to step inside with excitement.

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Let There Be Light!

Bright, well-lit spaces make your home feel larger and more inviting. Open blinds and curtains to let in natural light, and strategically place lamps in darker corners. Consider updating light fixtures for a modern touch. A well-lit home not only looks better in photos but also feels more welcoming during showings.  Don’t forget to replace any burnt out lighting in closets, above bathroom vanities, and in recessed lighting! 

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Embrace the “Less is More” Philosophy

When it comes to selling your home, the mantra “less is more” holds true. Take a critical eye to each room and declutter spaces by removing unnecessary items. Consider renting a storage unit for a month or two to stow away extra furniture, seasonal items, or personal belongings that make rooms feel cramped. Creating a clean and open environment not only makes your home more appealing to potential buyers but also allows them to envision their own belongings in the space. Trust us, the small investment in a storage unit pays off in the long run, making your home feel more spacious and enticing to those who walk through its doors. 

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Bonus Tip: Choose Your Listing Agent Wisely – Experience Matters!

Selling your home is a significant undertaking, and having the right listing agent by your side can make all the difference. While you might already have an excellent buyer’s agent, it’s crucial to recognize that listing a property is a different game, especially in today’s ever-changing market.

Hire a specialized listing agent, particularly one with experience in assisting military families. These professionals understand the unique challenges and timelines that come with military relocations. They can navigate the complexities of the selling process with expertise, ensuring a smoother and more successful transaction for you and your family. 

As part of our commitment to supporting our military families, The PCS Homegirls provides free recommendations for trusted and experienced military affiliated real estate agents at your new duty station. We personally vet these agents and work with them closely to ensure they are the best in the industry.  Fill out our simple information form here to ensure you have the right professional by your side, no matter where the military takes you!  

Remember, military families, you’ve got this! By following these straightforward tips, you’ll make your home stand out in the market, making the selling process smoother and more enjoyable for everyone involved. Good luck out there!

Looking for a military-friendly real estate agent in your area to buy or sell a home? Click here to fill out our Military Agent Connection Form and we will help find you an agent that is a great fit or send a us a message.