Remember when you found your current home? You walked in and got the feeling it was a great fit for you and your family. Now that you’re planning to sell your house, you need to make that same impression on the next potential buyer. Here’s how to do it.
1. Clean and de-clutter. Make sure your kitchen, bathrooms, and floors sparkle. Use old-fashioned elbow grease or call in professional cleaners to get the job done. Can you walk into your walk-in closet? Does your car barely fit into your garage? Start packing early and put your seasonal and personal things into storage. Make your rooms and cupboards look spacious.
2. Repair the little things. Put on your home inspector’s hat and walk through your house. Make a list of the items that need attention and arrange for repairs. Focus on your entry-way, drywall, paint, sticky/squeaky doors, leaky faucets, flooring and countertops.
3. Help buyers see themselves in your house. Remove your family photos and personal mementos. Buyers have difficulty picturing themselves in your house when your personal items are on display.
4. Let the light in. Bright homes often have a higher resale value. Pull back blinds and draperies to let natural light in. If you still have some dark spots, add floor or table lamps to the area.
5. Groom your yard. You wouldn’t go to a job interview without being well groomed, so make sure your yard is groomed for viewings. Trim your hedges and shrubs. Cut the grass. Pull weeds and cut back any greenery that covers walkways.
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