5 Ways to Prepare Your House to Sale
5. The Entrance
All doors should be in perfect working order and the doorbell operable. The entrance to your home is pivotal, it should remain free and clear of clutter. Homebuyers can not envision themselves in your home, all they are thinking about is what other surprises they will find. As a seller you have to remember your house isn’t the only one on the market; you are competing with hundreds of other homes for sale.
4. The rooms
Take a walk through all your rooms and remove approximately 30-40% of your belongings. You may believe having family portraits add an extra warm and fuzzy feeling but it is a distraction and you need to depersonalize your house. During the daytime let that natural light shine in. Clean or paint your walls using a neutral color. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way. Please get rid of any odors. In the bedrooms place new bedspreads on the bed, it’s an inviting look.
3. Kitchens and dining rooms
Let’s start off with making the kitchen look spacious by removing everything off the counter-tops, no flour containers, toaster ovens, dirty dishes or cleaning supplies. Organize your cabinets and pantry (remember clutter!). You may not be able to remodel the kitchen, but if you can see wear and tear on the cabinets so can potential homebuyers. Visit your local home improvement store and purchase some paint or wood stain and while you’re there purchase new knobs.
Remember that clutter we’ve spoken about throughout this blog? Well yes, in the bathroom you must remove the clutter too. Put the trash can under the vanity (oh and empty it). Say it with me “A new shower curtain is a great investment”. Keeping up with a fresh clean look, place all personal items inside drawers or under the sink. Check for leaky faucets or excessive dripping. Clean and shine your knobs and make sure the shower and tub is spotless.
1. Exterior Preparation
How many times have you heard the first impression people have is the lasting one? If you’ve been living long enough I’m sure many times. Same goes for your home while preparing to place it on the market and up until closing day. Keep your lawn cut, trimming and weeding the lawn. Pressure wash the exterior and driveway. If you think the exterior needs paint, the exterior needs paint. We want your house to be inviting for potential homebuyers.
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