Planning on selling this year? Here are a few minor touch-ups that will go a long way towards making a good impression on potential buyers. A good first impression is critical and there are a few must do items to prepare your home before it goes on the market.
Focus on curb appeal
More than one buyer has walked away because of curb appeal. It’s your first opportunity to make a good impression, so it’s good to spend some time cleaning up your yard and the area around your door.
Make sure you:
- Trim your shrubs
- Weed flower beds
- Repair broken downspouts or gutters
- Apply new mulch where appropriate
- Add some bright potted plants if seasonally appropriate
- Sweep or power spray your front porch or walkways
- Add a new welcome mat
You may also want to consider a fresh coat of paint on your front door. It will give your home a new, fresh feeling potential buyers will love. When you give your yard and front door area a little TLC, you’ll be on your way to selling your home!
Depersonalize and declutter
It’s important for buyers to picture themselves in your home. You’ll want to remove and store overly personal items such as family photos, refrigerator artwork or other personal items. You’ll also want to keep any decorative items more neutral. Landscape paintings are perfect. You may want to swap out animal print items or other decor that may be overly loud or bright.
It’s also important to declutter and rid your home of unnecessary knick knacks or junk. It’s a great time to gather items to donate too. Go room by room through your home and purge items that are broken, haven’t been used in a long time, or items that are no longer used by your family. When you rid your home of clutter, it will feel more spacious and welcoming to potential buyers.
Whether you like it or not, potential buyers are likely to open cupboards and closets. They want an idea of what type of storage and closet space is available. If your closets are stuffed to the brim, it will feel as if there isn’t enough space. If you aren’t ready to get rid of items, consider storing them in a storage unit to give your home a spacious airy feeling. Be sure to organize the kitchen cupboards and bathroom drawers as well.
Before you have photos taken of your home, do a few small repairs so you put your best foot forward from the very beginning. Look for holes or any damage to your walls, then patch and repaint. If you have bold colors on your walls, consider repainting them a neutral color.
You should also repair:
- Leaky faucets
- Broken or cracked windows
- Running toilets
- Caulk around sinks and bathtubs or showers
- Broken or missing screens
- A leaky roof
- Cracks in the ceiling
- Broken light fixtures
If you run into a big problem as you repair a few minor items, remember, your home will need to be inspected before the sale, so it’s important to take care of any issues before you put your home on the market.
Clean, clean, clean
Cleaning is much easier after you declutter! You’ll make a better impression when you take the time to deep clean your home. Dust every surface and wash your windows inside and out. Also, remove any signs of your pets. You’ll want to pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Scrub out cupboards and wash the front of every surface. You’ll want your home to be sparkling clean by the time you are finished.
Pay attention to the outside of your home as well. Buff and shine the hardware on your front door, dust cobwebs off of lights or porches, and consider pressure washing the outside of your home.
A little bit of effort goes a long way when it comes to selling your home.
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