There is so much more involved when preparing your home for a sale than just vacuuming. You want your home to stand out above the competition and there are several ways to do this that do not include hiring out expensive help or contractors. The tips below will ensure that your home gets a head start above the rest!
- Remove Clutter/Depersonalize
Having a clutter free home will make the rooms and closets appear larger. Kitchen and bath counters should be absolutely clear to maximize their space. Closets that are stuffed full scream NO STORAGE. Be sure to go through each and every one. Think about each item carefully as you go through them. How many bath towels does a family need? Donate or sell items that are unneeded. If there are items that you do not have room to store properly you can always pack them away in boxes and store those neatly in a garage or shed. Better yet, consider renting a small storage unit to keep the extra clutter off site.
Walk through your home and take down any personal items such as kid’s artwork, wedding or school photos, religious items, etc. You want potential buyers to walk through your home imagining it as their own. That is difficult to do when their eye is continually drawn to your own personal items.
- Clean Carpets/Walls/Windows
Having carpets steam cleaned is something that should be invested in before you put your house on the market. Dingy carpets are an immediate turnoff for buyers. Walls and windows (inside and out) should also be washed. You want your home to be sparkling clean so buyers focus on its positive attributes….and not on the greasy fingerprints.
- Kids' Toys
If you have children, try your best to keep their toys out of sight. Even placing them in a few wicker baskets will do wonders to keeping up a neat and tidy appearance. Getting your home ready for a sale is the perfect time to go through their toys and remove the ones that they have either outgrown or are broken.
Be sure to keep up on the laundry. Even though this may seem like a daunting task, especially if you have children, it is an important one. No buyer will appreciate seeing an overflowing hamper of dirty laundry. If you know that you will not have time to fold a load of laundry before the showing, keep it in the dryer. This way the laundry will remain out of sight.
Not everyone will appreciate your pets the same way you do. If you have cats, keep the litter box clean and place it in an area of your house that is out of sight but still accessible. It is also important that the yard is kept clean if you own a dog. Buyers will not enjoy gazing out at a soiled yard! The same applies for other pets such as fish, reptiles, birds…keep their areas neat and clean.
- Neutral Color Scheme
You may love tangerine orange but chances are that not everyone will feel quite the same way. Consider painting over any loud, statement colours with a more neutral tone. You want your home to be appealing to as many people as possible. You can always bring in pops of colour with accessories such as pillows.
The exterior of your home is obviously the first thing that buyers see when they pull up. You want to make a good first impression and show that the home has been well cared for. At the very minimum, the lawn should be neatly cut and flower beds (if any) cleared of weeds and/or dead plants. If you are selling your home in the winter, be sure to shovel all snow from your driveway and walk way. Nothing looks sloppier in the winter than an un-shoveled driveway.