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How To Prepare Your House for Sale

Posted in Home Ownership
April 16th 2015 by
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The spring season is a busy time for real estate. If you plan to put your home on the market, you want it to look its best.

Here’s how to make your home more appealing to buyers.

De-Clutter

You want to create as much space as possible to make your home look bigger. To do this, get rid of anything you don’t use regularly. You can sell or donate things you don’t use, or rent a storage unit for things you want in your new home.

Going through the de-clutter process will also help you get organized for your own move.

De-Personalize

When potential buyers walk through the house, they want to be able to picture themselves living there. That’s hard to do if you have your photographs and family heirlooms on display.

Take the time to put these things in storage prior to showing. This is another process that will help you; you can begin to dissociate yourself from the house.

Organize Closets and Cabinets

Some buyers will want to examine everything in your home, which includes cabinets and closets. Make sure these areas are clean and not overflowing. Buyers will be interested in how big these spaces are, so they should be able to easily see that.

Fix Obvious Problems

Problems that are highly noticeable and can turn off buyers include:

  • Cracked floors
  • Holes
  • Leaky faucets
  • Broken toilets
  • Doors that don’t shut all the way

You may be able to easily fix most of these with a quick trip to a home improvement store.

Improve Lighting

People like bright spaces. Make sure you replace any light bulbs that have burned out, and increase the wattage in some of your lights.

Paint Neutral Colors

A bold style may have worked for you, but it’s not for everyone. Paint your walls a neutral color.

Clean Up

Finally, give everything a thorough cleaning and make sure to stay on top of cleaning while your home is on the market. Some things to do:

  • Add new caulk where needed
  • Clean grout
  • Vacuum and dust frequently
  • Wax floors
  • Keep fresh, matching towels available
  • Keep the lawn mowed and bushes trimmed

Good luck!


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