1) Amp Up Your Curb Appeal
The outside of your home is the first impression buyers will have of your home, so take the opportunity to make it a good one. Stand across the street and look at your home with a critical eye, drive by your house during the day and again in the evening, and really take in the overall look of your home. Be honest. What needs updating? Is it looking a little rough around the edges? Are the once pristine flowerbeds now sporting weeds? Have the mulch and shrubs seen better days?
Take time now to attend to basic lawn grooming like pruning trees and shaping hedges, mowing and edging, and freshening mulch (or hire someone!). Adding potted plants or flowers near the entry will create a homey, inviting look.
Look at your entry as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Sweep surfaces, clean doorknobs and fixtures, remove cobwebs, and pressure wash walkways and porches if needed. This is also the time to touch up paint on the trim and shutters.
2) Create an Inviting Entry
Speaking of curb appeal, what is the state of your front door? Whether it simply needs repainting or new hardware installed, the front door can speak to the state of the rest of the home. Use the ideas in 3 Front Door Makeovers for Your Home Sale to decide if you need to need a complete do-over such as a new frame or pre-hung door system.
3) Clean Up a Storm
Make cleaning every nook and cranny of your home a priority. And the home can’t be just surface-y clean. Home shoppers will open every door and cabinet, so stuffing things into a closet or drawer in hopes no one will notice just won’t work!
Aside from a brutal decluttering , here are some spots to give extra attention that you might overlook in the course of a normal day, because buyers will notice:
- Smudges on light switches and near doorknobs
- Corners of floors
- Light fixtures
- Cabinet doors and drawers
- Baseboards, wall and ceiling vents, and ceiling fan blades.
4) Stage Your Home
Whether you hire a professional or choose to stage the home yourself, home staging typically involves the steps of decluttering, depersonalizing, updating, and styling. This is the time to remove or store excess furniture, personal items, and accessories to make the home look more spacious and help the buyer picture their own belongings in the home.
Staging saves sellers money in the long run by decreasing the number of days the home is on the market, in turnreducing carrying costs and the need for price reductions.
5) Brighten Up the Space
Replace light bulbs throughout the entire house. You’ll want to leave every light on during a showing, so make sure none of the bulbs are missing or will burn out. Opt for the brightest wattage to really show off the space.
Clean windows and replace blinds or window treatments to allow maximum light to filter in.
This is the time to freshen up paint or repaint in lighter colors. Opt for neutrals in lighter colors that will help rooms seem larger.
Of course, there are many more factors that go into selling your home, but starting with these tasks can help you get a leg up on the competition. Use the helpful checklist below to further get your home into home selling order.