Planning to sell your house?
It sure isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. However, if you take some important steps in preparing your home, you can greatly improve the chances of your home being sold in record time.
Here are some steps you might want to consider in preparing your home for sale:
1. Clean your home.
Give your home a very thorough clean. Pay attention to the tile grout in the kitchen and bathroom. Remove those cobwebs hanging from the ceiling in and out of the house. Polish the door knobs, faucets, sinks and everything else that needs to be polished. If the job is too monumental for you to tackle, consider hiring help in cleaning the property.
If you are preparing your home to be photographed by the real estate people, make your home as neat as possible. You can temporarily store away the unnecessary mess from the countertops and tables in a few boxes and hide that in a closet, storage room, or even under the bed. If you can temporarily move out huge, unimportant pieces of furniture, do it. You’d want your rooms to look more spacious in photos. And you’d want buyers to see the beauty of your home, and not be distracted by your home’s mess.
3. Paint the walls in neutral colors if necessary.
Not everyone will love your daughter’s bright pink bedroom wall, or your dramatic red living room wall. Best to have those walls in neutral colors and leave it as a blank canvas for future new homeowners to personalize.
4. Make sure your home smells good.
When prospective buyers are scheduled to visit, avoid cooking or preparing food with strong smells, get rid of the garbage, and open windows to let some fresh air in. Avoid masking odors with air fresheners, in case some people are allergic or do not like strong scents.
5. Finish repairs and other home improvement projects.
Complete all necessary repairs and any home improvement projects you have started.
6. Have proper lighting.
Draw the curtains open to let some natural lighting in. If that is not enough, consider turning on the indoor lights. Buyers want to have a good look at what they’re planning to buy, so help them conveniently do that.
7. Hide your personal items.
You’ll want the buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your home, so make it easy for them to do that by moving as much personal items (such as family photos, children’s artworks, etc.) out of sight as possible.
8. Make the toilet and bath presentable.
Get rid of those floor/wall/toilet bowl stains, if possible. Close the toilet lid. Empty the garbage. Hide the countertop mess (such as cosmetics, toothbrushes, toothpastes, etc.) Get rid of dirty clothes and towels, put some fresh bath mats and towels (in coordinating colors, if possible). Wipe the mirrors and glasses clean. Bring in a nice and small potted plant (with a clean or covered pot) if that’s available. Make sure these areas are free of bad odors.
9. Check outdoors.
Get out of the house and look at it from the road. Imagine yourself as the buyer, seeing the house for the first time. If there’s anything unappealing (such as weeds, messy shrubs, toys littering on the lawn, loose pavers, etc.), do something about it. Make your home look inviting for the prospective buyers to come in. The first impression of the house goes a long way.