Eight Great Ways to Prepare Your House for Selling
Here are some great ways to prepare your home for selling. Sometimes it’s just that one little extra step that will make all the difference to the right buyer. Giving you not just the sale you want but that desired purchase price too.
Here’s How to jazz up your home:
- Disassociate Yourself With Your Home – think of this as someone else’s home for a minute. What would you change about the set-up, the pictures, what will inspire the buyer’s imagination.
- De-Personalize and de-clutter – Start packing, seriously… As much as those sentimental pictures and that eclectic style mean to you they brand your home. A buyer with a country or modern flair will not think your cows and roosters say “buy me.” Pack away all those books, knick-knacks, clean off the kitchen counters… You will be glad you did. Leave out a few tasteful pieces. Have a yard sale and use the proceeds for lunch on moving day.
- Rearrange Closets and Cabinets – Buyers will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. Also remove any medications or other personal items and store away during showings.
- Rent a Storage Unit – Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block paths and walkways and put them in storage. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You want buyers to be able to picture their furniture in each room.
- Remove/Replace Favorite Items – If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.
- Make Minor Repairs – replace cracked tiles, patch holes in walls, fix leaky faucets, spray squeaky doors and windows with silicon spray, replace burned-out light bulbs, and consider painting custom walls and funky bathrooms in neutral colors.
- Make the House Sparkle- Wash windows, clean cobwebs, wash bathrooms and polish chrome faucets and mirrors, clean out the refrigerator, vacuum and wash floors, hang up fresh towels, and empty trash. Take a good smell. Too much scent can be a real turn-off but if you had fish last night a little Fabreeze may be entirely necessary. Try a neutral scent like lavender.
- Check Curb Appeal and scrutinize – If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside. Keep the sidewalks cleared, mow the lawn, paint faded window trim, plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive, trim your bushes.