Five Overlooked Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale
Congratulations! You’ve decided to list your home on the market. You know it’s a well-cared-for house and you feel confident you’ll be able to sell it for asking price.
our home deserves to be shown in the best possible light. Fortunately, there are small steps you can take to facilitate this – tiny improvements which don’t require much time or money.
Here are five often-overlooked ways you can prepare your home for sale.
1. Repaint the Trim
Brighten the trim such as baseboards, crown molding, and trim around doorways and windows. Focus on the interior of your house first. If you have the time and resources, paint the exterior trim as well.
Adding a new layer of paint to the trim can bring instant life back into your home, making the space feel fresher and cleaner.
2. Hire a Professional House Cleaner
They can undertake a thorough top-to-bottom scrub down, which includes cleaning the grout, polishing the faucets, wiping down the ceiling fan blades, and dislodging every crumb out of that irritating gap between your stove and countertop.
An ultra-clean house makes a huge difference in the eyes of a buyer. It can lead to the “wow” factor that may help put your home sale over the top.
3. Steam Clean the Carpets
This type of cleaning can lift the smallest stains and imperfections out of your carpets. Your carpets will look as new as possible, at a substantially cheaper price than the cost of a replacement.
4. Clear the Clutter
Clutter overwhelms a space, distracting from your home’s more beautiful elements and makes a space feel smaller. Your walk-in closet might be amply sized, but if it’s overstuffed with old clothes, jackets, boxes, suitcases and bags, your prospective buyers will think the closet space is insufficient. You don’t want to showcase an empty closet – this looks uninviting – but you don’t want one that’s bursting at the seams, either.
5. Stage the Home
Place a bouquet of fresh flowers on the coffee table. Position matching rolled towels next to the bathtub with a tiny decorative bar of soap placed on top. Arrange the bedspread so that the pillows create a ‘wow’ factor when buyers first enter the room.
Pay attention to fragrances within your home, as well. Light a scented candle (with a neutral aroma, like vanilla) in the bathroom or bedroom. Bake cookies just before a showing, so the smell lingers in the kitchen.
Open every window blind and curtain, to maximize the natural light that pours through. Keep the lights on in every room during open houses, so that every space appears bright and inviting.
Taking just a little bit of time to spruce up your home may result in better, faster and higher offers. You want potential buyers to fall in love at first sight. A cleaner, brighter look goes a long way toward helping you close the deal and walk away satisfied.
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