Looking to win over potential buyers? When selling your home all the little things make a difference.
Step 1: Clean and get rid of clutter
Get rid of clutter before cleaning. This is the time get rid of the unnecessary things in the house. In addition to donating items to charity, you might consider selling them through Craigslist or having a garage sale. Recyclers are often willing to pick up and haul away large metal items for free. The goal is to make your house as clear as possible before you get down to the deep cleaning.
Next deep clean your house. This step will probably involve the biggest time investment. Get the whole family involved if you can! Think of this as a pumped-up spring cleaning. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows — this makes a striking improvement in the overall appearance of your house.
Organize closets, cabinets, and drawers. Many potential buyers will open cabinets and closets, because they are thinking about storage space. If your storage areas are clean and organized, it will send a signal to buyers that you take care of the house.
Step 2: Make Repairs
Take care of these problems before you show the house for the first time. These are all fixes that you can do yourself.
Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets.
Replace caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks.
Freshen up or repair grout as needed.
Repair walls and repaint them in a neutral, generally pleasing color that complements your home.
Fix cracked or broken windows.
Replace or repair damaged window screens.
Replace burned-out light bulbs.
Step 3: Go for curb appeal
Having a good first impressions is vital to getting your home sold. You want potential buyers to be mesmerized by the outside of your house so they look forward to coming inside.
Trim bushes, shrubs, and trees. Make sure vegetation isn’t touching your roof or siding.Repair broken downspouts and gutters.If it’s appropriate for your yard, apply new mulch, river rock, and/or pea gravel. This can do wonders for your landscaping and provide immediate curb appeal. Clean and repair concrete areas, such as driveways and walkways. Be sure to eliminate any oil or grease stains, and clean out any weeds coming up through the cracks. Dress things up a little bit. If it’s seasonally appropriate, put out some pots of annuals, which will maintain their color for the season. Freshen up your doorstep with a new welcome mat. Make sure the house numbers are easy to see, and in a style that complements your home. With just a modest amount of effort, you can make your house beautiful and welcoming, both inside and out.