Whether you are putting your house on the market next week or next year, here are six ways to get your house ready to sell.
Go through your house, room by room, and get rid of clutter. Give it away, throw it away, or pack it away in a storage unit. This will make your house look bigger, and you will have less you have to move to your new home.
2. Increase the curb appeal
You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. Paint the front door. Polish the hardware. Increase the lighting. Make your house numbers
stand out. Pick up toys and trash. Eliminate weeds and add flowers or greenery.
Store family pictures, artwork, room décor, and treasures that make your place uniquely yours. If you have the time, paint the walls a neutral color. Give
prospective buyers a blank canvas and let them be able to imagine their belongings in this space instead.
Vacuum, dust, clean bathrooms, and mop floors. Wash windows to let in more natural light. Prospective buyers who see dirt and grime believe other
maintenance has been neglected, and they equate this with costly repairs in the future.
5. Make repairs
Take the time or hire help to make all those minor repairs you have been putting off. If you don’t fix it now, it may end up on the home inspection report. Your
buyer will then have cause to offer less money or request compensation for repairs or cancel the agreement.
6. Make your house move-in ready
Do the work or have the records to prove the air conditioner, the furnace, and other major appliances have been maintained on a regular schedule. Tend to the
lawn and your outdoor spaces, too. Let prospective buyers imagine relaxing on the deck instead of fixing or sprucing things up.