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You have decided to sell your home. Before putting it on the market, there are things that are crucial to do in preparation. It is important to make your home appeal to the many people that will walk through it. It is important to add value to your home.
The first thing to consider is the fact that when people come to see your home, they want to be able to picture themselves and their things in it. They don’t want to see it as belonging to you. They want to see it as belonging to them. Get rid of family photos and keep only a very few paintings. Get rid of personal items such as bold artwork and personal knick-knacks. Make sure that any scruff marks are touched up, especially on baseboards, walls, and doors to make the house sparkle and clean looking. For even more home selling tips click here.
Take half of your things out of the closet and then organize what is left in there. Everyone is looking for as much storage as possible. Make sure to keep the closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
It is important for a potential buyer to be able to visualize their furniture in your home. This means that the walls should be painted a neutral color. Stick with colors like grays and whites. This will allow the best features of your home to stand out. Some painters will start out at $60 an hour on a site like Handy, which offers on-demand painters, handymen, and cleaners. In addition to making the house look good, the faint smell of paint gives a clean smell and can be alluring to home buyers. As you get rid of family photos on the wall, be sure to fix nail holes, gouges, and cracks before painting.
Make sure to have the carpet cleaned by a professional. For all other floors, “Unless your floors are severely damaged, it doesn’t make sense to have them refinished,” says Pat Christodoulou who stages homes for sale. Instead, she hires a handyman with a floor buffer to wax and polish the floor.
Making these changes are extremely beneficial
- Replace missing tiles and re-caulk moldy areas.
- Add a new bath mat, shower curtain, and fresh towels.
- Refinish your bathtub. This is called re-glazing.
- Paint the walls white.
Upgrading the kitchen is a necessary thing to do. If you don’t have the money to totally remodel it, there are some things you can do to improve the look of the kitchen. Putting a fresh coat of paint and new hardware will give a new look to older cabinets. Putting in peel-and-stick wall tiles add quite a bit to the look of the kitchen. They can be found at most home improvement stores. If your budget allows, consider buying discount appliances at stores that sell used kitchens.
Although our original furniture may not match or may be old and worn out, many times a realtor will want to stage our home before they will sell it. Although your realtor will give you suggestions, you will want to save as much money as possible. Consider buying matching furniture from a discount store, such as at this discount furniture store in N.J., HomeLivingFurniture.com, “Items in the clearance center are offered at HUGE savings and generally sold below costs.”
Finally, the following suggestions are very important when it comes to selling your home.
- Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items. Clean out the garage.
- Wash your windows and screens
- Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator. A clean house makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well cared for.
- Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows.
- Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
- Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems, such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained.
- Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.
- Patch holes in your driveway, reapply sealant, if applicable, and clean your gutters.
- Polish your front doorknob and door numbers.
If you follow these guidelines, not only will you be successful in selling your house, but you will most likely do so more quickly than the homes for sale around you.