If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, here are some great ways to prepare your home to sell this spring.
Spring. The flowers start to bloom. The weather begins to warm. The neighborhood begins to transition from a drab winter landscape to a colorful spring scene full of blue skies. It’s also when “For Sale” signs begin popping up in yards like daffodils and tulips. However, most real estate professionals agree that it takes a little more than posting a sign in a yard to sell a house.
Pay attention to curb appeal.
When selling your home, you only have a few seconds to make a lasting impression on buyers. Your home’s curb appeal will want to stand out amongst the other homes on the market. Brighten up the outdoors by replacing dead plants, trimming shrubs, tidying up any patio spaces, and neatly manicure the yard. Clear your driveway and home entry of any clutter.
It’s also a good idea to make sure other exterior features of your home are in good condition, such as the house numbers, the mailbox, and lighting. Loose trim, drain pipes, and fencing should be repaired. It’s also a great idea to have your home power-washed to clean off any staining. Removing screens from windows also gives them a brighter appearance.
Refresh the interior
When you putting your house on the market, you have to imagine it more as a product to sell as opposed to your home full of memories. Neutralizing the interior is a must. Applying a fresh coat of paint using a neutral color really brightens the space and helps buyers visualize their own items within the space.
Another way to brighten the space is to replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps throughout the house. This is additionally important because lights should be on during showings to present the property in its best light. Freshly cleaned draperies and carpets also help lighten the air of a home’s interior.
Get to scrubbing
Kitchen sinks, appliances, and countertops should sparkle. Clutter such as utensil holders and small appliances like toasters should be stored in cabinets or packed away. Make sure to clean the interior of appliances and scrub the tile and grout of any backsplash in the kitchen.
Bathroom mirrors, glass, chrome, and porcelain surfaces should be spotless. Dirty or worn shower curtains should be replaced in addition to cleaning grout and re-caulking problematic areas. Faucet drips or leaks should be fixed.
Overall, buyers, no matter what market you’re selling in, want peace of mind knowing they’re purchasing a clean, well-maintained home. Staying on top of the basics–checking doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don’t stick or squeak, cleaning fireplaces, furnaces, and water heaters–helps reassure buyers.
Presenting your home in its best possible light ensures an excellent showing experience for potential buyers and helps you score an offer that maximizes the value of your home.
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