Preparing Your Home for Sale
The appearance and condition of your home have a profound effect on its marketability. A favorable first impression will increase the value of your home and help it sell faster. The following are a few general tips to help you prepare your home for sale. Below I have provided a list of recommendations for preparing your home for selling.
- First impressions are important. Check the “curb appeal” of your home from across the street. Do the shrubs need trimming? Is the lawn mowed? Would your home benefit from freshly planted flowers? Does the home need painting? How does the roof look? Are there toys, bicycles, old newspapers, etc. cluttering the appearance of your home? Can extra cars be parked away from your home?
- Make sure your front entrance is clean and inviting. Painting your front door can go a long way to making a good first impression.
- An uncluttered home will also make a good impression. Put away some of your knick-knacks you might have on shelves and countertops. Sometimes over the years people collect a lot of furniture. Opening up a room by storing some of your furniture pieces can make rooms look large and more open. Also, storage space is a great selling feature, be sure to clean out your closets, attic, and other storage areas.
- Let the sun shine in! Open curtains and shutters where possible to make your home bright and cheerful. Keep your windows clean and leave lights on for showings.
- Replace worn or outdated paint and carpeting where necessary. Steam clean existing carpets. New paint and carpets will provide you with the best return on your home improvement investment.
- A little money goes a long way. Small cosmetic repairs such as fixing loose knobs and sticking doors will go a long way to help your home sell quickly and at the highest possible price.
These are just a few suggestions, each home is different and I’ll be happy to take a look to help you decide where and how your time and money will be best spent in preparing your house for selling.