Every seller wants their home to sell fast and for top dollar.
Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.
The first step to preparing a home for sale is to let go of your emotional attachment to it.
1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.
-Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house
- mentally decide to "let go" of your emotions and the fact that this house will no longer be yours.
-do not look in the past, look forward to a bright future!
-Put away your personal photographs and belongings. Buyers have a difficult time seeing past personal artifacts, and the last thing you want to do is to distracted them. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there!
-As time passes, we accumulate alot of stuff. Consider this: if you have not used it in over a year, you probably do not need it.
- If you do not need it, why not donate it and let someone else get good use out of it!
- Remove all extra books from bookcases.
- Pack up those knickknacks.
- Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
- daily used items can be put in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
- you have a head-start on the packing which you will eventually need to do anyway
4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
Buyers will open closet and cabinet doors. Keep everything organized to send a positive message to the buyer. With organization it tells the buyer that you take good care of the entire house as well.
- Alphabetize spice jars.
- Neatly stack dishes.
- Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
- Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
- Line up shoes.
5. Rent a Storage Unit.
Your house will show better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block paths and walkways and put them in storage. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and alot of room to move around.
6. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
If there is anything in the house that you want to take with you such as window coverings, appliances, or fixtures, remove them now! If the buyers see it they will want it, so take it down, pack it, put it away, and if necessary replace it. If a buyer never sees it, you will avoid unnecessary problems.
7. Make Minor Repairs
- Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
- Patch holes in walls.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Fix doors that do not close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
- Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
(Do not give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- If you have considered replacing a worn bedspread, now is the time to do it!
8. Make the House Sparkle!
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
- Clean out cobwebs.
- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Vacuum daily.
- Wax floors.
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
- Bleach dingy grout.
- Replace worn rugs.
- Hang up fresh towels.
- Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
- Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no!
- Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Is the house welcoming?
- Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
- Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
- Make sure window coverings hang level.
- Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
- Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.
10. Check Curb Appeal.
If a buyer will not get out of her agent's car because she does not like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.
- Keep the sidewalks cleared.
- Mow the lawn.
- Paint faded window trim.
- Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
- Trim your bushes.
- Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.