You’ve decided that you are ready to sell your home, but you just don’t know where to start.
Sometimes it can be so overwhelming that you just keep procrastinating. Sometimes you are ready to do whatever it takes to get your house sold, you just don’t want to put too much time and money into a house that you are going to sell. But what if I told you that with minimal time and money, you can get your house in tip top shape and present a very marketable home.
Prepare to be amazed, all of this can be done in just 5 simple tips to prepare your house to make its grand appearance on the market!
Paint goes a LONG way!
Paint can be incredibly inexpensive and a very effective way to brighten up your house and make the room look bigger. White paint in particular has a tendency to make rooms seem larger and it also allows the buyer to visualize what they would do with the space. Also, in order to paint you will have to remove things off of your walls and patch up any holes, which is great, you are able to kill two birds with one stone. Once you have removed everything off of your walls, just leave it off, you’re going to be moving anyways so you might as well pack them away and store them.
This is something that most people are familiar with. The concept is to give the absolute best impression and appeal to the greatest number of buyers. A staged home can increase your sale price by 7% and decrease your time on the market by 50%. You can start by clearing off all horizontal spaces like, counter tops, tables etc. Leave all unnecessary items out of sight. But to go one step further, start packing up your belongings as you are decluttering, as I said before you are moving anyways. Place your furniture in an inviting manner and remove anything that adds to the clutter or makes the room look smaller. You want to enhance the human senses, make the home seem bright, Smell nice (not anything strong, just subtle), Feel nice by keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. All of these things help your chances of appealing to the right buyer, without spending a dime.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
Clean your floors, windows, counters, bathrooms, carpets, bedrooms, fans etc. Make sure all toys are picked up from the floor, Clothes are in the dirty clothes bin or put away, and dishes are clean and put in the cupboards. Make sure that everything has its place. If you do not have a lot of shelf space, you can start packing some things and put them into storage to get them out of the way. A house that is dirty is really hard to look past when a prospective buyer walks through. It is crucial to maintain a clean home to show full potential of the space. This is probably one of the Number one things to do, CLEAN!
You want to be able to show great curb appeal. Keep your grass mowed and shrubbery trimmed up. If it is winter, keep the snow plowed neatly and a clear path to the doorway. In the spring and summer, keep the plants watered and bright (it helps if they smell good too). In the fall, keep the leaves raked and the gutters clean. Nobody wants to see full, sagging gutters. Maybe your mailbox is falling apart, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a nice new mailbox to enhance your curb appeal. This is not always necessary, but mailboxes can accrue minimal expense to you. If you have a pet, make sure that when they do their business outside that you pick it up so, if they buyer would like to walk around the yard they don’t end up with a “dirty” shoe. The first thing a buyer sees is the outside of your house so it is the first impression they have. Keep your siding on your house clean and the yard well-manicured, then the buyer will be even more excited to see all the work you have done to maintain this beautiful home on the inside.
Last but not least, making minor repairs can increase the quality of your home greatly. Fixing leaky faucets, patching up little holes, maybe you have a toilet that leaks a bit or a door that is off the hinges, or trim that needs some touching up. Little things like this can turn a buyer off, but they can be easily remedied by a little TLC from you. All the little things in your house that you keep saying “You have been meaning to fix,” Well it’s time to actually fix them! It might take you a little time but in the end it will be well worth the effort.
To wrap things up, I would like to say that each home is very unique and each of these tips can be used in some form or fashion in each house. Some homes might not feel the need to do all of these things, but the point of this, is to let sellers know that sometimes remodeling, or adding to the home isn’t necessary. Sometimes just cleaning, painting and minor fixes here and there are all that it will take to get your house sold. I do know that all of these, 5 tips should be utilized before or during your home being listed in order to maximize the appeal to potential buyers. GOOD LUCK!!