Five Tips to Help Your House Look its Best When Up for Sale

by Guest Author on August 30, 2013

In today’s economy, it’s crucial to get top dollar when selling your home. Sellers who prepare their homes for showings are more likely to sell quickly and closer to asking prices. Often referred to as “staging,” these steps can help you sell fast and high.

Make necessary repairs

Running toilets, dripping faucets and sticking doors are noticeable to potential buyers. Minor issues convey to potential buyers that larger issues are looming elsewhere inside. Investigate your home, note any annoyances or other repairs and get to work. Even if you weren’t gifted with the handyman gene, it’s imperative to get little issues fixed. Hire someone if needed; it will pay off.

Clear out the clutter

Potential buyers must envision themselves in your home. It’s difficult for them to do that while looking past a lifetime of your accumulated belongings. Only use half of each cupboard and closet to create an impression of spaciousness. Fully clear out corners, and ensure hallways and doorways are easily passable. While obvious trash and clutter can be disposed of, other items such as kitchen supplies, toys or extra furniture should go into a storage unit. “Putting unnecessary items into storage will not only help keep your house cleaner, but will also help your house seem more appealing,” said Julie Smith of Extra Space Storage.

Clean until it’s spotless

Now is the time to give your home the white glove treatment. Clean or replace grungy carpets. Scrub tile grout, polish wood floors and dust cobwebs out of corners. Clean your oven and refrigerator. During showings, every trash can in the home should be empty. A thorough cleaning should eliminate any odors, but airing out the home can help remove any lingering smells.

Create a neutral palette

A fresh coat of paint is an affordable way to freshen up your interior and make your home appear cleaner. By sticking to neutral colors, you ensure appealing to the widest range of potential buyers. This goes for your existing furniture as well. If possible, keep your most neutral pieces of furniture in the home, while relegating eclectic pieces to the storage unit.

Don’t underestimate curb appeal

The home’s exterior is where buyers make their first impression. A freshly mowed lawn, tidy garden beds and a swept porch is more welcoming than an overgrown yard strewn with toys. A weekend spent cleaning up the yard is an inexpensive, effective way to entice buyers.

Investing time in the staging of your home pays off. It’s an affordable way to get big results.

Article and insights provided by Kandace Heller.

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