Getting Your Home Ready To Sell In 4 Easy Steps
Getting Your Home Ready To Sell In 4 Easy Steps
If you are looking to sell your home then you may have an extra-long to-do list before you can get it listed on the market.
When the time comes to sell your home you want it to be as clean and pristine as it was when you first moved in.
Maybe even tidier.
There are many things you can do to make it look great. The bonus of this is that it will sell for a great price.
Clear Out The Junk
The first step in your quest for a clean and clear home is to declutter. When potential buyers come to look at your property, they need to be able to see how much space they will have available.
They also need to be able to envision where their belongings will go. If your home is cluttered and full of your own stuff they won’t be able to do this.
If buyers think your home is lacking space then they may be turned off from buying it.
Make sure you go through your home. Clear out anything that doesn’t belong or is taking up valuable space.
When you are starting to declutter you may not know where to start. Here is a great trick for you, go to each room and sort your items into four piles.
These should consist of the stuff you want to keep, sell, throw away, and donate to charity.
It is always worth giving stuff away as people will be grateful for what they receive. You could hold a yard sale with the items you are selling to make some money for the move.
If you have a garage it is worth clearing it out before potential buyers come to look around. If you have a messy, disorganized garage then this could put people off.
They might assume you don’t look after your home.
If you have a lot of items in your garage you can sort through it the same way you sort your home.
You can store your items in boxes or invest in some shelving units to keep everything neat and tidied away.
Fix The Broken Bits
When you sell your home you need to make every effort to ensure that there are no broken parts.
You will find that people don’t want to buy a home that is classed as a fixer-upper.
They much prefer homes that are move-in-ready. Where they can live in them straight away without the need for extensive repairs.
One area to check over is the roof of your property. This can be notorious for sprouting leaks due to the bashing it takes from the elements.
If the roof is leaking then you will want to get it fixed straight away. If it is left it can cause a number of other issues.
Problems that can arise from a leaky roof include damp patches on the walls, ceiling, and floors, as well as mold forming.
This isn’t really a repair but it might be a nice idea. If you can, try changing the walls back to a neutral color throughout your home.
A lot of people like to be able to work from a blank canvas when it comes to redecorating. You don’t have to do this, only if you want to be helpful.
Clean It Up
Once you have carried out all tasks within your home it is time to thoroughly deep clean the property.
This can seem like an arduous task. Try to think of it as a more in-depth version of the weekly clean then it doesn’t seem so bad.
If you present your home in a clean state then buyers are much more likely to put in an offer on it.
Along with every area of your home, you should focus some extra care and attention on the bathroom and the kitchen.
This is because they are susceptible to having black mold around the edges. They need a thorough wipe down. You should also make sure that your flooring is clean and sparkling.
There are two methods for this depending on what flooring you have.
If you have carpets then the trick here is to vacuum the carpet and then shampoo it. Bear in mind it takes a day or two to dry thoroughly.
If you have hardwood flooring then sweep the floor using your broom. Mop the floor to clean it, and then you can even steam it to get rid of all the leftover dirt and germs.
So the inside of your home is now sparkling, it is time to take it outside. The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers see.
So it has to look neat and tidy.
If you have a front garden then you should make sure that the grass is mowed. Remove any weeds. If you have a driveway this needs to be cleared of weeds as well.
If you think your home is looking worn out and tired you can do a couple of things to improve the appearance.
You could paint the outside of your home if this is an option.
You could also change the lighting or add some lighting to the entrance. This creates a warm, welcoming feel when people turn up.
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Finally, if you have worked on the front garden, do the back. Make the back garden look beautiful as well!
Make sure that again the grass is short and healthy-looking with no weeds present.
If you are looking for ways to improve your garden, you could get a patio installed. If you do, you could even raise the asking price for this.
Take a look at stamped concrete patios online, you might get some inspiration for the one you want.
We hope you found this article helpful and it gave you tips and tricks that you may not have thought of.
Good luck selling your home at a great price.
Do you have any tips selling your home?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.