Preparing Your Home for Sale

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January 21, 2019

Preparing Your Home for Sale

When you’re in the process of putting your house on the market, you might be feeling overwhelmed. However, one of the most important things you should be thinking of is the appearance of your home. The way your home looks and its first impression on potential homebuyers can make or break a sale. Are you hoping your home sells fast? Read on for some tips to maximize its appeal to buyers.

 

  1. Clean the place up. If you were a potential homebuyer, you’d likely notice if the space was messy or unkempt. Make sure you tidy up before inviting others into the home. If you’re afraid your home smells like man’s best friend, be sure to light a candle for a couple of hours before visitors stroll in. Similarly, make sure you don’t have things like messy shoes or dirty dishes piled up in the sink. The less lived in your home looks, the better!
  2. Depersonalize the space. Would others describe your home decor as eccentric? If so, it’s time to dial it back. You want potential homebuyers to be able to envision what the house would look like if they were living in it, so it’s best not to overdo it with your decorations. If your walls are painted fire engine red, try repainting them to a neutral color, like beige or gray. You’ll also want to make sure any highly personal items, like trophies, awards, or your kids’ hand painted sculptures are kept out of sight. This helps make the space feel new and untouched to people walking through.
  3. Organize your closets and cabinets. When walking through a home for the first time, homebuyers want to see how much storage space the place has. They will likely be opening up kitchen cupboards and bedroom closets. Make sure your stuff looks presentable. The last thing you want a potential homebuyer to see if your clothing piled up to the top of your walk in closet. Investing in some storage bins and closet dividers might be a good idea if you’re someone who uses every inch of space in your house — these help make the space instantly look more organized.
  4. Don’t forget curb appeal. While it may be tempting to spend most of your time prepping the inside of your home for new visitors, it’s important to remember sprucing up the outside, as well. Mow your lawn, trim your shrubs, and invest in a few nice flowers to add to your garden. Be sure to check if you can see any peeling paint or other flaws, and take care of them accordingly.

 

These minor investments in the way your home looks can make a huge difference. Follow these tips and your home might sell within the week!

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