There are many things you can do to prepare your home for sale, many of which can be easy and inexpensive. They may seem minor, but they can equal to a big payoff. Here are five inexpensive ways to prepare your home for sale (although this is just half the battle, pricing, marketing is the other half but let’s leave that for another discussion).
Most homes can benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to pick a neutral color that is easy on the eyes. Think light, airy, welcoming! I once took a couple out to see a listing, they walked out without viewing the property because they “couldn’t stand” the multi-striped paintings throughout the apartment.
Check for leaky faucets, loose doorknobs, a crack in plaster, etc. Regardless of how modern your kitchen or bathroom is; or how well decorated your home may be, potential buyers will nitpick on the smallest detail they come across. If you own a townhouse/multi-family home, don’t forget the outside- front and back of the house. Curb appeal sells. And the first impression is very important.
3. Eliminate clutter
We love our belongings, but will our potential buyer? Look at your home with a critical eye. Remove any prized possessions that might be mistaken for junk. Don’t overcrowd with unnecessary furniture, make your home open and spacious for buyers to move around and see the potential they want to see.
Make sure your home is clean and neat. Wipe down counters, vacuum the rugs, starting from your entryway to the entire place, have it clean and dust free. If necessary, hire professionals to do a power cleaning.
Make sure the smell of your home is fresh and inviting! I cannot express how important this is. If you have pets, love cooking, or any hobbies you have that might cause unfamiliar or strong scents, remember people can be sensitive to certain odors and if they cannot walk around the inside of your home, there’s always that chance you’re losing out on a qualified buyer!
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