Tuesday, November 20, 2018 / by Trish Ford
You've decided that it's time to sell your house, and you want to do all that you can to attract interested buyers your way. To best prepare your home, it is best to step out of your skin as the owner and instead view the place through the eyes of a buyer. Here are five easy things you should be doing to prepare your home before listing it for sale.
1. Tend to Your Landscaping
That for-sale sign you have in the yard is not going to do a lot if it is lost among a sea of overgrown grass, unkempt shrubs, and dying plants. The first place to get prepared for selling is outside of your home.
2. Spruce Up Curb Appeal
Landscaping has a part to play in curb appeal, but so do other exterior features. Your goal with amping up curb appeal is to make your home look attractive enough to make buyers believe the interior is just as well-kept. A few things to work on outside include:
- Replacing missing bulbs in light fixtures
- Making any necessary repairs to home siding
- Pick up a new front door or paint the old one
- Installing a new mailbox
- Replacing house numbers
3. Make Some Budget-Friendly Interior Upgrades
You want your house to look good from floor to ceiling when a prospect walks in, but these upgrades really don't have to break the bank. You can make drastic differences in the interior of the house with basic changes. A few ideas from This Old House include:
- Repaint the walls and interior doors
- Update flooring or have it professionally cleaned
- Install new hardware on kitchen cabinets
- Implement new bathroom faucets
4. Purge, Purge, Purge
A cluttered house is a surefire way to turn off a buyer. Too much junk and the buyer will have a hard time seeing the home with their own things moved in. So, that means before listing the house, purge and eliminate all the junk you can live without. Some sellers even consider renting a temporary storage unit to house the things they want to hang onto.
5. Set the Stage
According to Forbes, staging your home in the proper way demonstrates the positive qualities of the house, enhances the appearance of real estate photos, and can really help buyers see the house in a positive way. Once you have eliminated clutter and opened up your home for new possibilities, go through everything and set the stage for what life could look like in your home. This can be small things like adding a painting to a room or something large like expertly positioning furniture in a particular fashion.