Preparing your home for sale is best done well in advance (several months at least). This will reduce stress as you won’t be doing several projects at once and it won’t be such a big hit on your budget. The more your home makes prospective buyers feel comfortable and even impressed, the better your chances of getting your home sold more quickly. Here are a few basic touch-ups that can go a long way in attracting buyers to your home.
First impressions are very important when it comes to selling your home. It pays to update the exterior paint and maintain the lawn. Why? Good curb appeal can help make buyers more interested in seeing what’s inside. Touch ups may include caulking around windows, planting flowers in garden beds or putting in fresh mulch.
Got weeds? If you have noxious weeds on your property, the county you reside in may require you to remove them. Further, buyers may want you to have the yard treated prior to closing. It’s best to just get rid of them.
On the inside of your home, dust thoroughly and clean the areas that often gather dirt and grime: stove tops, top of refrigerator, threshold of main entries, etc. Is there a lot of dirt stuck to the top of your base trim? Quick hint, take a damp rag and gently wipe the dust off that collects there. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this may remove paint on the drywall.
If your walls and ceilings are in need of a repaint or drywall repair, it may be a good idea to have the job done by professionals. It will save you the time and hassle plus it will look great to buyers. Go with mild colors. I’ve seen many a buyer point out overly bold colors, bad cut lines and paint marks on cabinets, doors and trim. In some cases, they moved on to a different house as they didn’t want to deal with the hassle.
If you have carpeting, it may be a good idea to get it shampooed prior to putting your home on the market. It’s one more thing that prospective buyers won’t notice. Take some glass cleaner to your windows to remove any smudges, especially on the patio door.
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, these are a few good ways to spruce up your home and make it ready for buyers to come shopping! Let me know if you have questions or if I can be of assistance to you in selling your home. Sean