Tips For Selling Your Home
You’ve made the big decision to sell your home. You look around, and see that your place is in far from perfect condition. Before you consider investing vast sums of money into major improvements, consider the little ones that will make your home inviting to potential buyers.
Exterior: Get the Curb Appeal Flowing
- Touch up any imperfections in your paint job.
- A power wash can blast away years’ worth of grime on your house.
- Trim shrubs, especially any that might block light from coming into your home.
- Pull up the weeds, and keep your lawn nicely cut.
- Clear the driveway.
- Organize your garage so it is clutter-free.
- Invest in a few colorful flowering plants.
- If necessary, invest in some front door hardware. It will be one of the first things buyers notice as they walk into your house.
Interior: Clean and Clutter-Free
- Clear out your foyer and halls to give the immediate impression of space.
- De-clutter every single room. If necessary, rent a storage unit or pod until you sell the house.
- Store or redistribute excess furniture.
- Invest in a few inexpensive light fixtures if yours are outdated.
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Ensure your window treatments are fresh, too.
- Clean your kitchen, and clear off your counters.
- Clear out your refrigerator, and take the magnets off the front.
- Keep some open space in your closets.
- Put away family photos, so buyers can envision the home as their own.
- Fix leaks in faucets and toilets.
- Repair floorboards that squeak.
- Replace your furnace filters.
- Wash your windows, both inside and out.
- If necessary, apply fresh caulk around sinks and tubs.
- Shower stalls, toilets, sinks and countertops should sparkle.
- Bath counters should be clutter-free.
- Replace outdated bathroom fixtures.
Create Open House Ambience
- Turn on all the lights.
- Open all curtains for maximum natural light.
- If you have a fireplace, light it to welcome your guests.
- Place fresh flowers in a prominent location.
- Banish all bad odors several hours in advance.
- Pets should be removed, or at least confined to one designated room for showings or open houses. Pet areas should be immaculate.
By following this checklist and making modest investments, you will maximize your home’s selling power. You’ll even enjoy living in it while you’re awaiting the big sale.