8 SIMPLE WAYS TO
PREPARE YOUR HOME
FOR THE MARKET
8 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Market
If you’re getting ready to sell your home, it’s important to make preparations before the sign is in the yard. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to showcase the best features of your property. Keep reading for more information.
1. Clean from top to bottom. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a home seller is believing that your standard cleaning routine is good enough. The reality is that it isn’t. You’ll need to dust everything from the fan blades to the baseboards, keep the windows clean and clear and, if you have pets, vacuum once or twice each day.
2. Consider smells. One of the first things your buyers will notice is how your home smells. Good or bad, the scents wafting through the air can add value or take it away. Avoid doing anything that would leave a lingering odor in the days before a showing. If you have pets, they should be long gone before your open house or viewing. Even if you think your house smells fine, keep in mind, you probably can’t smell it. If possible, plant a few fragrant flowers by the front door.
3. Reduce clutter. In addition to keeping things clean, you’ll also want to remove knickknacks and bric-a-brac, thin your bookcase, and pack up anything that distracts from what your buyers came to see the house. For Sale By Owner’s room-by-room decluttering guide is an excellent resource to get you started.
4. Grab a paintbrush. When you first moved in your home, you no doubt painted every nook and cranny to reflect your unique style and personality. But your style, no matter how great, should be put to bed when it’s market time. Forbes recommends keeping things neutral by sticking with tans and whites, which will allow your buyer to visualize the space as their own.
5. Love the light. Natural light is best so make sure your windows are open for each showing. In addition to bringing in natural light, leaving the windows open will also showcase any outdoor features, such as a garden, lake view or exceptional landscaping.
6. Create curb appeal. Speaking of landscaping, your home’s curb appeal leaves the first impression of the property on your potential buyers. Your curb appeal is one place you don’t want to neglect. Keep in mind, however, that large landscape projects can take several weeks to complete.
7. Mini renovations. You don’t have to knock down walls and tear off the kitchen counters to give your home a fresh new look. Once everything is painted, consider replacing outdated hardware, such as cabinets and doorknobs. If a full-blown landscaping makeover isn’t in the budget, you can also put down mulch, trim the bushes and plant a few colorful, seasonal flowers.
8. Highlight the lifestyle. Many home staging professionals take a “vignette approach” to creating a comfortable, lived-in look. You can showcase the type of lifestyle your buyers will enjoy if they purchase your home by leaving a few reminders, such as an open book on a chair by the fireplace or table settings on your outside furniture. This will help your buyers visualize all the things they can do once they settle in. Another inexpensive idea is to create a spa-like environment in your master bath. With a few candles and some plush towels, you can make the bathroom a retreat. Find inspiration at HGTV.com.
If you have an open house scheduled, leave a few easy snacks on the counter for your guests. Home-baked cookies and a fresh pot of coffee will go a long way toward making your buyers feel right at home and that’s the point.
Guest Blogger/Author, Suzie Wilson
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