How to Get Your House Ready to Sell
Refresh your curb appeal.
Imagine pulling up to your house for the first time…as a potential home buyer. Can any imperfections be easily perfected? Weed and add some flowers to spruce some curb appeal. Mow the lawn and make sure it remains maintained while the home is on the market. Plant some bright, cheerful flowers. Attention to detail goes a long way in providing a great first impression.
Touch up Paint
Walk around and notice any scuff marks, scratches, and chips in both the exterior and interior. Go around and touch up those walls that have taken a beating over the years of living.
Are there small items that need quick attention? A stuck doorknob, squeaky door jam, missing flooring, cracked tile, broken molding? Many times, a screw or two or a squirt of WD-40 will do the trick. Again, attention to detail goes a long way!
First, declutter! Selling a house is a wonderful opportunity to declutter before you begin packing up the house. And, removing clutter will make your home feel bigger and roomier.
Next, clean your windows and screens and consider power washing the exterior. Your house will have a refreshing new shine!
Move on to your bathroom and kitchen tile. Clean the grout (vinegar and lemon juice is an easy, natural cleaner!). Clean off both kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Clear your closets (and the pantry too!) as best you can to showcase the storage space.
Don’t neglect the little things such as baseboards. Dust and clean up scuff marks.
Dust all of your light fixtures in its entirety. Replace light bulbs and even consider updating some older fixtures.
Wear and tear over your hardwood flooring may have left them dull. Wax them and consider refinishing them. Don’t neglect those carpets, either. Having them cleaned will give the room a great uplift and make them look as good as new!
Consider adding some plants.
A little greenery and a spot of color can freshen up your living space.
Do all of the rooms have furniture, logically placed? Can you remove any unused pieces that take up space and also make the room feel smaller? Are the shelves and countertops free of clutter? Are the kids’ toys taking up every space imaginable or organized in a tidy manner?
Your house is ready for showings! Regularly, make sure all surfaces are bright and clean. Keep your cabinets and drawers neat. Buyers will take a peek at storage space! Make the beds. Clear the dirty dishes. Put away that laundry! Vacuum and dust to keep those floors sparkling! Keep up with the bathroom countertops and toilet grime. Make sure all of your blinds are opened to let in the natural lighting and keep it bright. Same goes for turning on lights!
Getting your house ready for sale can be a tedious process but well worth it to get top dollar for your home. And think of all the decluttering you have done to save time on future packing! Leave your suggestions or feedback in the comments! Good luck with the sale of your home. As always, contact me if you need help with your own house sale!