10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale
Are you ready to sell your home? If so, then you need to get prepared. Making a few minor touch-ups to your house can go a long way towards making a good impression for a potential buyer. Below is a list of items you can do to prepare your home before you put it on the market.
Clean your house from top to bottom. Dust the fan blades and wipe down the base boards and don’t forget everything in-between. Make sure your appliances have been wiped down and your windows are clean and free of finger prints. If you are too busy to stay on top of things while your home is listed, consider hiring a cleaning service.
Keep an eye out for smells and eliminate them immediately. Clean the litter box more than usual to avoid any unpleasant odors from your furry friends. Spray the house with Lysol or Febreze daily or use a plug-in air freshener or candles to maintain a pleasant smell. Just remember to stick to very neutral smells like linen or cotton, versus the more fragrant smells. You may love the smell of Hawaiian Breeze, however a potential buyer may be sensitive to smells and this may cause them to sneeze or possibly even leave your house. Also, refrain from cooking items that may contain an odor that lingers. These foods may include: bacon, fish or fried foods.
De-clutter your home. You want buyers to focus on how awesome your home is, not how messy it looks. Remove piles of shoes from the entry, that stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that detracts from your home’s features.
You may love your dramatic red dining room, however it could be a turn off for a potential buyer. Re-paint each room in neutral tones like tans and whites that will allow buyers to focus on each room of the home, not the color of the walls.
To help potential buyers imagine themselves in your home, get rid of any art or decor that might turn people off who have different tastes. Items that are usually ok are: classic candle sticks, landscape paintings, neutral rugs or chairs. However, your zebra print leather couch may need a slip cover before showings.
Before each showing, open all the windows to let natural light into each room and add lamps to area that are dim. A bright and cheery room will look bigger and is more inviting.
Storage space is a huge selling point in a house and if your closets are packed or unorganized it will be hard for a buyer to see what space is available. Invest in boxes, dividers and other organizational items to de-clutter your closet.
8. To-do List
Tackle your honey-do list as soon as possible as buyers will notice them and they will distract them from the value of our home. Set aside a weekend to tighten loose doorknobs, fix the leaky faucet and paint over the scuff marks. All of these little things will add up to more value in your home.
9. Faux Renovation
Small little touches can make a huge difference in a room. Replace an old ceiling fan or outdated lighting. Check all the faucets and if they are worn or calcified consider replacing them. Grease the hinges to avoid squeaky doors and address any old or beat up furniture. Consider removing it or covering it up with a comfy blanket or slipcover.
10. Curb Appeal
Make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent. Trim your shrubs, remove weeds, fix peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. Just by adding some new plants to your walkway or a wreath to your front door can make a huge difference.
If you are on a budget, then review all the items above and complete as many as you can. Some of the items require cleaning up different areas of your house, while others require staging your home for a potential buyer. Certain items maybe out of your budget and that is OK. Just do as much as you can to make your home presentable to potential buyers.