WAYS TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR SALE
your home stand out with a few easy improvements.
With the high inventory of homes on the market today, homebuyers
can afford to be choosy. Buyers are looking for the best, so a home for sale
can easily slip through the cracks if it's not in pristine condition. Use these
10 tips to whip your home into shape and wow potential buyers.
your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make
sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the
garden and plant flowers.
the outside. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked
off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure
wash your home's siding.
a buyer's market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take
care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage
the front door inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with
the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so
buyers can see them from the curb.
a new welcome mat. Let buyers know they're invited into your home.
clutter and depersonalize. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home.
Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and
other personal items.
closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't
have enough storage space.
every surface shine. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between,
clean your home until it sparkles.
color down a notch. You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour
buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of
bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray
air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with
inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.