06 May Preparing Your Home for Sale
Once you decide to put your house up for sale, you want to move it fast. That’s why a bit of preparation before you go to sell it can be so important. If you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, here are some tips to help you sell it fast and for a good price.
7 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell
1. Clean up your landscaping
Don’t underestimate the power of curb appeal. Now’s the time to hire a professional landscaper to make sure your lawn, trees, shrubs, and overall landscaping is pristine. Homeowners will see your landscaping before they see anything else, and you want to make a great first impression.
2. Freshen up the exterior
It’s amazing what a difference a power washer can make in how your home’s exterior looks. Along with power washing your siding, clean your gutters and windows. You should also power wash the front door, along with the driveway and sidewalks.
3. Disassociate yourself from the home
Whether you’ve lived in a house for a year or three decades, you have memories and, no doubt, some emotional attachment. But once you decide to sell, you need to let go. Take down pictures of you and your family, along with any other sentimental and emotional knick knacks and decorations. Home buyers want to visualize themselves living in their new home, and it’s hard to do that when there are pictures of another family all over the place.
4. Get rid of clutter
You’ll want to do this step anyway so you have less stuff to move. But it’s also important for home buyers to see a place as livable. If there’s clutter everywhere, it can indicate a lack of storage space and make your home a lot less inviting during a showing.
Once you get rid of everything that you can throw out or donate, look into other solutions for your clutter. This might involve renting a temporary storage unit if you really don’t have enough storage space.
5. Make your home bright
In addition to storage space, home buyers love to see lots of light in a house. Dusty and dirty light fixtures can make any home seem darker than it really is. Go around your house and thoroughly clean your light fixtures. Replace any burnt out bulbs. You should also wash your windows so they’re not streaky when you open the blinds and curtains to let in natural light.
6. Make minor repairs
Fix all those small things that have been nagging you forever but you never got around to fixing. Things like a leaky faucet, squeaky hinges, or a loose doorknob might seem small, but they’re all things that home buyers don’t want to deal with fixing before they even settle in. Save yourself time now by fixing them before you start showing your home.
7. Clean, clean, clean
Clean as if your life depended on it. It kind of does, at least financially. If you can’t tackle it all on your own, hire professional cleaners. You can easily make up the added cost when you sell your home faster because of it.
Use these tips to get your house ready to show so you can sell it fast and move on with the rest of your life.