If you’re selling your home, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make your house attractive to potential buyers, and make a quick sale. Instead of listing your home as-is, follow these tips for preparing your home for sale:
1. Amp up your curb appeal
The first thing potential homebuyers see is the front of your house, and there’s nothing more important than that first impression. You don’t have to completely renovate the front of your house or re-landscape, but freshening it up can have a big impact. Make sure to mow your front lawn, trim bushes and trees, put some pretty planters on your porch and rid your garden beds of weeds. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint.
2. Clean your home’s exterior
In addition to making the landscaping look fresh, you should clean the front of your home as well. This means making sure your windows and doors are clean, and don’t forget about the siding and gutters. If your home doesn’t look well-maintained, potential homebuyers may begin to question whether important interior maintenance has been neglected.
3. Declutter your personal items
Personal items are what makes your house a home, but when it comes to selling, they can be a distraction. Try to remove some of the personal items from your home, like framed family photos or anything that could be seen as clutter. It’s okay to have a few personal touches here and there, but it’s important that potential homebuyers can picture themselves living in your house.
4. Clean every surface
Putting your home on the market is a great opportunity to give it that deep-clean you’ve been avoiding. Make sure to clean every surface in your home, from ceiling fans and light fixtures to baseboards and countertops. Every surface in your home should be dust- and grime-free before you welcome potential homebuyers.
5. Organize storage spaces
While it’s not typically one of the first things people look at when they visit your home, storage spaces are one of the most important features. Go through all of your closets, cupboards and anywhere else you store items and make sure they look organized. Even if you have ample storage space, if these spaces are disorganized they’ll look small and may put people off from making an offer.
6. Neutralize colours
As with the personal items in your home, brightly coloured rooms may not be attractive to potential homebuyers. Whether it’s a lime green bedroom or a bright pink bathroom, try to neutralize the colours in your home wherever you can. Making your home appear as much like a blank canvas as possible will allow visitors to picture themselves in your home.
7. Get rid of odours
One of the first things people notice when they walk into your home is the way it smells — or doesn’t smell. You may be used to the way your home smells, but it could be off-putting to visitors. Try to neutralize odours from your pets, and freshen your home up with scented candles, fabric sprays, fresh flowers, freshly baked cookies or an essential oil diffuser.
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