A Welcoming and Clean Home Invites Buyers.
There are a number of tried-and-true strategies to get your home in its best light before you put it on the market. Work through these strategies to get your home to sell quickly and reduce your worries during the real estate process.
Clean and de-clutter Many homeowners do not realize how many things they have accumulated over a lifetime in a house. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. De-cluttering is the first step toward moving and listing a home for sale. Sort items into piles of things to keep, things to donate, and things to give away or sell. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Remove at least one third of your stuff – put it in storage. Hide family photos and sentimental knick-knacks. Once the clutter is out of the way, you can clean every room.
Wash the windows and ditch the heavy drapes Natural light is a top desired quality in a home, so make sure to show yours off. Remove heavy drapery from your windows. Clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you can to make your house light and bright, this will make it more sellable.
Create a welcoming entry You can't recreate that first impression potential buyers have of your home. But you can make sure it's a positive impression with a little curb appeal. Trim overgrown bushes and trees so the yard looks kept up. Repaint your porch or shutters if the paint is peeling. Put out a fresh welcome mat, add a pot of cheery flowers, sweep the porch and walkway, and do basic landscaping to make your home look welcoming and tidy on the first approach.
Repaint If your home is showing its age, it's amazing what a clean coat of paint can do. Have the walls and trim repainted white, so potential buyers can imagine the rooms in their favorite colors. At the very least, wash walls to remove dust, dirt, and stains.
Keep storage areas organized Rooms may be de-cluttered, but your closets, garage or basement are brimming with stored stuff. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Remove half the stuff out of your closets and then neatly organize what remains. Keep your storage areas tidy and organized to maintain that positive impression. Buyers will check these areas and may feel your home lacks adequate storage if they find a mess.
Keep your home neat - always keep it show ready Once you've done all these things, you can list the house for sale. While it's on the market, you must maintain neatness and be prepared to show at all times. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and fresh, and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. This extra attention to detail may be irritating, but rest assured that it will help your home sell quickly. Whether you are trying to sell your home yourself or working with a realtor, these strategies will position your home to drive interest, sell quickly, and command top dollar.
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