How you prepare your home for sale can play a big role in how long it is on the market and the quality of the offers you receive. Here are 6 simple ways to get your home ready for potential buyers.
1. Remove clutter. When viewing potential new homes, it’s important that buyers envision their own furniture and belongings in your home. When you prepare your home for sale, store personalized home decor and other knick knacks out of view. Make sure to tidy up any personal belongings that must remain in the house during showings. You may also consider storing extra furniture in a rented storage space to make your home look as clutter-free as possible.
2. Neutralize smells. You don’t want an otherwise great showing spoiled by a yucky smell! Take out the trash, hide the litter box, and avoid cooking fragrant food the night before or morning of a showing. What may smell good to you might not smell good to potential buyers.
3. Clean up around the front door. The front door is a buyer’s first impression of the house. When you prepare your home for sale, consider repainting the front door, buffing the hardware, and removing the storm door. A new welcome mat is also a nice way to make a good first impression.
4. Paint the walls. A fresh coat of paint on the walls can brighten and rejuvenate a home, but the colors that you pick can attract or repel potential buyers. It’s important to choose neutral paint colors when you’re preparing to sell your home so as to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Shades of grey, taupe, tan, or white are your best bets.
5. Don’t forget to dust. Potential buyers are going to look around more closely than your average guest. Dusting frequently ensures that your house looks clean and well kept. The top of the mantle, ceiling fan blades, door frames, and baseboards are commonly missed areas, so be sure to dust those areas.
6. Bring in some nature. Open curtains and doorways to let in as much natural light as possible. This will make the space seem more open and inviting. Strategically placed potted plants or flowers in a vase can make a room more inviting or draw attention to places in the house that you want the buyer to focus on. Make sure any plants you bring into the
house are healthy, bug-free, and compliment the colors in the room.