When preparing your home to sell, it is important to put your best foot forward to attract the most buyers. The list of possible projects to prepare your home can seem endless, but it’s important to focus on the fixes that will give you more bang for your buck. Here are some ideas to make your house feel like home for your future buyer:
1. Remove Clutter
This is going to be at the top of every seller home preparation list. A house that is cluttered will look smaller, and it can hinder potential buyers from seeing themselves making the home their own. This may mean packing up boxes and stacking them neatly in the garage, or renting a small storage unit while your house is on the market.
2. Clean Up Storage Areas
Most buyers will look at every nook and cranny of your home, including storage sheds and closets. The less you have in those areas the larger and more spacious they will seem. A good number to shoot for is having two-thirds of your closets and storage areas empty. Organize what is left by adding mounted storage and matching storage containers.
3. Do Small Fixes Yourself, or Hire A Handyman
Small details like leaky faucets or wall dings can add up to a buyer walking through your home. It’s important to take care of them. Write down a list of things you’ve been meaning to fix around the house and get them done (or hire a handyman for a day to take care of them).
4. Up Your Curb Appeal
Give your home a great first impression by tidying up your porch and making sure it is well-lit. Small items like a new door mat, house numbers, or planters can give your house a fresh look without requiring a big investment.
5. Touch Up Paint
If your interior paint still looks fairly new, it may only need a quick touch-up. It may be that the kitchen needs a fresh coat of paint, but the bedrooms only need little touch-ups. Take it on a room-by-room basis.
6. Make Small Upgrades
Items such as shower heads, faucets, and light fixtures are budget-friendly upgrades that make a big impact. Walk through your home and make a list of possible small upgrades. Even adding a new slipcover for your sofa or a pot of succulents can make a difference in your space.
7. Get New Soft Accessories
Updating your pillows, throws, and towels can make your home feel fresh and clean. For a more cohesive look, choose one or two main colors and repeat these in accessories through the house.
8. Have a Clear Purpose for Each Room
If you have a that’s filled with exercise equipment and filing cabinets, think about choosing one purpose for the room. If possible, move things around to make it into a dedicated office or exercise space. As a rule of thumb for staging, each room should have one main purpose that is clearly defined by the furnishings and decor.
9. Clean Every Surface
Giving your home a good deep clean is important. A house that is shiny-clean will make a much better impression than one that has dust collecting on the baseboards. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, hire a cleaning service to get your house ultraclean.
10. Get A Pro Consultation
Knowing the best ways to prep your home before selling is important. We have sold over 675 properties in the last 5 years, so we know what it takes to get the most money out of a home sale. We advise all of our sellers on possible improvements and options for fixes that fit in their budget. Contact us for a free consultation!