Ways to Prepare your Home to Sell
Cost-Effective Ways to get the highest value for your home.
So you’re ready to sell your home? We’ve got some great tips There are many things you can do that cost little to nothing
Step 1: Clean Everything!
An immaculate home tells buyers that the house has well cared for. This is provides an assurance that the home is move in ready. A clean home also helps to eliminate smells, which are a huge buyer turn-off.
Here’s a list of items that are often forgotten:
- Wash windows inside and out
- Clean out cobwebs
- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Empty All Trash Cans
- Vacuum daily
- Wax floors
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, blinds and light fixtures
- Bleach or treat dingy grout
- Remove smoke stains from fireplaces
- Replace worn rugs
- Hang up fresh towels
- Clean and air out any musty smelling areas
Step 2: DeClutter
Go through every nook and cranny of your home and get rid of everything you don’t need or use. Since you’re going to be moving you’re going to need to do this anyway. Once you have sold, given away, or thrown away all your unneeded items, go a step further.
Renting a storage locker is a great way to get extra items out of the house. Remember, most home buyers like to look inside closets, cabinets, and drawers. The less items you have out the more spacious and clean the home will feel.
Step 3: Make Minor Repairs
Home buyers do notice flaws, and they can give the impression that the home is run down. Here are some common repairs to consider:
- Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
- Patch holes in walls.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
- Refinish Cabinetry or wood trim that is worn, old or tarnished.
- Replace burned-out light bulbs.
- If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!
Step 4: Paint
Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to boldly painted walls. Buyers want to look at your home as their own canvas to personalize, and sometimes they have a difficult time seeing past your taste.
A few minor investments can pay off big time when it comes to price!