Preparing your house for potential buyers to view it can feel like an overwhelming task, especially if you’ve lived in it for a number of years. Below we’ve provided some simple, inexpensive ways your can make your home fresh, inviting and ready for the market.
- Clean and Organize: Buyers need to see an inviting space when they walk into your home. Start by decluttering your home, donating or garage-selling any clutter you’ve accumulated. You’ll feel better, and your house will look fantastic!
Next, give your house a good scrubbing, paying close attention to the walls and floors. If you have carpet, deep clean it. If you have tiles or hardwood, scrub them until they gleam. Use “magic eraser” scrubbing pads on the walls, doors, and door facings. Clean walls and doors make a home look particularly fresh.
- Clear Your Surfaces: Remove those little piles that seem to pop up all over the house: the pile of paperwork on your desk, the unused beauty products in the bathroom, the trinkets and treasures collecting on the kitchen counter. Clear as many things off your surfaces as you can – your home will look cleaner and more organized.
- Make Minor Repairs: Minor repairs like touching up the paint on your interior walls or fixing that squeaky door can make all the difference to buyers. Small problems add up, and buyers will be turned off by a house that seemingly needs endless repairs, even if they are simple ones.
- Tidy the Yard: “Curb appeal” is a famous tenet of real estate for a reason – your yard is a buyer’s first impression of your home. Expensive and laborious landscaping is not necessary; simply make sure that your yard is mowed, leaves and debris are removed, and that your mulch is fresh.
If you’re in the mood for some spring planting, try adding a few flowers to beds or pots near your front door. These will create an ambiance of welcome for potential buyers.
- Stage Your Home Like a Pro: Make your home look stylish and inviting with a few simple staging touches. Place some fresh flowers on the table, or a bowl of fruit in the kitchen. Make sure all your towels are clean, and never leave any dirty dishes in the sink.
Clear the floors of your closets to make them look bigger and neater. Do your best to keep counters and mirrors wiped off daily – no one wants to see toothpaste splatter! Tidy any wires that are hanging around.
Keep your house generally clean, neat and inviting – it may be a short-term inconvenience, but you’ll soon realize the long-term benefit of selling your home and moving on to your next house!
If you’d like advice on getting your house ready to sell, call our agent Monnie Davis. She can help you identify what buyers will love about your home, and what you may want to update. Call her today at 325.365.6404.