How To Sell Your Home Quickly
The first impression your home makes on a potential homebuyer likely will be a lasting one. So make sure that your home is ready to showcase! Preparing your home for showing doesn’t mean spending a lot of money or making any major changes or improvements, but it does mean cleaning up your home’s interior and curb appeal.
Your home’s exterior is the first priority. If drive-by home shoppers like what they see on the outside, they are more likely to have a look at the inside.
TIPS TO ENHANCE CURB APPEAL
- Keep the lawn watered, trimmed and neatly landscaped.
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
- Get rid of yard clutter by storing toys, garbage cans, barbeques, wheelbarrows,
- Store unused cars and RVs elsewhere.
- Consider applying a fresh coat of paint to the trim and the front door, and if warranted, the entire front of the house.
- Keep all of the windows sparkling clean.
- Make sure all exterior lighting works and in the evenings give your home a warm and inviting feeling by leaving the lights on.
Once you’ve attracted buyers to come inside, the next step is to make them feel “at home” in the space. You want buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the house.
TIPS TO ENHANCE THE INTERIOR
- Get rid of the clutter. Sell or store unused or excess items and furniture. Think of this as early packing for when your home sells!
- Rearrange your furniture to compliment the room, making it look bigger and enhancing flow from room to room.
- Clean out kitchen and bathroom cabinets and under-the-sink areas. Make sure the essentials you keep, cleaning supplies, cookware, dishes, flatware, toiletries and linens, are kept neatly organized.
- Keep the kitchen and bathroom countertops clean and clutter-free, leaving out only the essentials and make sure those are neatly organized.
- Set up your bathrooms with new towels, keep fresh soap in the shower and sink areas.
- Repair any leaking faucets, running toilets or other systems the homebuyer likely will check.
- Minimize personal items like family photographs, trophies and other decorations that could distract a homebuyer.
- Maximize closet space by minimizing their contents. Again, get rid of unneeded items or put them in storage.
- Inspect the walls for cracks and smudges and repair or clean as needed. Consider applying a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint.
- Have carpets and drapes professionally cleaned. If you must replace carpeting or linoleum, pick a neutral color.
- Stage rooms for their intended purpose. For example, if your home office is crammed into a corner of your dining room or kitchen, move it into a more appropriate space, such as the family room.
- Minimize odors and stuffiness by keeping windows open and fresh air circulating throughout the house whenever possible. Keep pets elsewhere during a showing, and hide the litter box if you own a cat.
- Have your home professionally cleaned every two weeks so that it remains in sparkling clean condition.