Simple Tips to prepare your home for sale
- Start by trimming, cutting, pruning the grass, trees, bushes and shrubs.
- Weed and add fresh mulch to flower beds , it’s a great look for a low cost.
- Apply a new coat of paint to any fences.
- Power wash the exterior, driveways, walkways, patios and decks.
- Paint the house if it needs it, new paint on the outside can make the home look updated.
- Make sure gutters and downspouts are attached and functional.
- Buy a new welcome mat.
- Plant some bright flowers in places that could use some brightening.
- Clean windows inside and out – make them sparkle.
- Make sure your house numbers are easy to see.
Common Tips for every room
- Go through the house and implement the 30% rule; pack up a third of your stuff, you can always retrieve it should you want.
- Look at the furniture in each room and take anything that disturbs “the flow” or makes it look smaller. Storage units can be an option for any left over clutter, off the property of course.
- Paint the walls and ceilings. Try to use a neutral color. You don’t want potential buyers to remember your home as “the house with the red bedrooms.”
- If you have carpets, be sure they are thoroughly cleaned and in good condition.
- Clean or refinish wood floors.
- Pack all non essential items from closets. The idea is to create a spacious feel, even in the closets.
- Be sensitive to the weather conditions, on sunny days have all the blinds and curtains open. Less favorable weather may call for more artificial lighting.
- Be sure your blinds and window coverings are level.
- Brighter is always better when it comes to lighting. Update the light bulbs in every room to a minimum of 100 watts, it can create an illusion of size.
- Replace all burned out light bulbs.
- Wipe down all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
- Remove the majority of personal effects, such as family photos, religious artifacts etc. A buyer has to picture the space as their own, and mentally mover. Make it easier for them!
- If you have pets, get rid of pet odors.
The garage is usually the area where everything accumulates, so typically it’s a mess. If your garage isn’t clean, buyers may make up their mind about the condition of the rest of the home! May sound extreme, but believe me, this works every time.
- Empty everything out of the garage. Hose down the floor, and if there are stains remaining, paint it porch gray.
- Paint the garage walls off-white using a flat latex paint.
- After the paint is dry – put everything back in the garage piece by piece and throw out what you won’t be taking with you. Then organize what’s left.
- Use an open bag of charcoal to absorb moisture in the storage shed.
- If you have too much “stuff,” rent a storage unit and store it there.