Preparing for Sale

Preparing for Sale

You have your plan of action ready, you and your agent spoke and agreed on a listing price – now it is time to get your home ready to be shown and sold. Look at your house from a buyer’s perspective, and make minor enhancements to put its best foot forward. Here are ten quick, inexpensive fixes that will spruce up your home:

  • Make the front door inviting. First impressions count! Potential buyers often drive by before deciding they want to see the inside of a house, so make sure the front-door area looks nice.
  • Clear away clutter. Put away personal photos, knickknacks, boxes — anything that will distract the buyer from concentrating on the house. You’re planning to move, right? Start packing up what you don’t need. This will also minimize risk to your personal information and valuables.
  • Clean the house thoroughly. Take time to make bathrooms sparkle, wash the windows, and clean kitchen appliances. Don’t forget baseboards, ceiling fans, and under the sinks!
  • Freshen up your rooms. A little paint can go a long way in making your home more appealing: Repainting in neutral colors can instantly make rooms look fresh and clean.
  • Arrange furniture to showcase your space. Remove extra, unwanted furniture and arrange remaining pieces in a way that creates smooth traffic flow.
  • Do all you can to reduce odors. People never forget smells when they walk in the door. Try your best to remove odors caused by pets, smoking and cooking. Nothing is worse than a smelly home, so make it fresh!
  • Perform any necessary maintenance and repairs. Take a hard look around your home and see it from a buyer’s perspective: oil door and window hinges, fix loose handrails, etc.
  • Show your home in the best light. Remove heavy window covering to boost natural light. Ensure no missing or burned out lightbulbs, and replace outdated light fixtures where needed.
  • Clean the carpeting. Unless it’s extremely worn, you may be able to avoid replacing carpet before you sell. Buyers often prefer to choose their own new carpet or opt for hardwood floors.
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