7 Helpful Tips to Get Your Home Ready For Sale
Most people who are trying to sell their home want to get the best price for it in the least amount of time. Home buyers are looking for a house that suits their needs at the lowest possible price. What can you do to make sure your house sells for top dollar?
1. Stage Your Home
Homes that are staged sell faster. This is as important as putting a “for sale” sign on your lawn, as staging accentuates the positive features of your home while minimizing any deficiencies. The most important thing to do is get rid of clutter. If your house looks crowded and messy, you can bet that home buyers will walk in the front door and out the back door. If you have too much furniture in one room, remove some of it. You can put it in another less crowded area, in your garage, or in storage.
2. Do a Deep Cleaning
If your house isn’t clean, it is going to turn off any potential buyer. Besides looking bad, a dirty home implies that it has not been cared for well.
A regular cleaning job is not the same thing as a deep cleaning. According to this cleaning company, “a deep clean is a service that covers your home from top to bottom, ensuring that everything is spic and span. A regular clean is a maintenance service that keeps your house spotless.”
When you deep clean your home or hire a cleaning service to do it for you, it goes way beyond just dusting and vacuuming. You need to clean:
- All areas in the bathroom including the tile and hard to reach areas
- Inside the microwave, oven, refrigerator, cabinets, and drawers
- All baseboards, blinds, vents, switch plates
- The laundry room including machine surfaces
- All floors, windows, carpeting, drapes, light fixtures
- Hard to reach areas like ceiling fans to remove cobwebs
- Your garage
3. Make it Smell Nice
Get rid of bad odors. If you have a cat, hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer. If you cook with onions and garlic, have a pet, or smoke, you will need to offset these smells with things that smell nice.
Try using air fresheners, scented candles, potpourri, or fresh flowers. If you are having an open house, try baking a batch of brownies or cookies. Some people have put vanilla extract on a lamp’s lightbulb that will emit a pleasant smell when the light is on.
4. Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal
People who are looking to buy a home are the same as people who judge a book by its cover. The cover to your home is the first thing prospective buyers see when they pull up to your house. You want to be sure that it makes them want to stop, get out of the car, and come in through your front door. Because you only have one chance to make that first impression, make sure it is a good one. Try painting your front door, planting pretty flowers, and make sure your lawn is well-manicured.
5. Do Minor Repairs
A faucet that drips is annoying and easily fixed. If your screens are torn, your doors are sticky, or your caulking is cracked, repair them. It doesn’t take a lot of money or time and can make a big difference.
6. Paint Your Walls
Relatively speaking, applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls in your home doesn’t cost a lot of money. When you paint your home it makes it look and feel new again. Stay away from bold colors and use neutral colors instead.
7. Straighten Up Your Closets
In case you were wondering, yes, potential buyers will look in your closets. Many of them are genuinely interested in seeing how much space you have and some are probably just snooping. The last thing you want is for something to fall out of your closet and onto your potential buyer when they open the closet door. You can even use this opportunity to get rid of clothes and other things you no longer wear or use.
Once you have done some of these things and more to prepare your home for sale, don’t forget that you have to keep it in tip-top shape the entire time it is on the market. You never know when someone will want to look at your house. This is a good reason to want to sell your home as quickly as possible.