If you’re in the process of getting your house ready to sell but not sure where to start, we’ve compiled 10 essential steps you should take before putting your house on the market. From decluttering and depersonalizing to adding inexpensive decorate touches, these tips could help increase your chances of getting a solid offer from a buyer.
1. Focus on curb appeal
Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression. Add potted plants/flowers by the front door, power wash patio and walkways, weed the gardens, and add fresh mulch for a crisp and clean flowerbed.
2. Make repairs
Repair dry rot or damaged siding. Repair squeaky doors, leaky faucets, damaged drywall, chipped or peeling paint, and broken fixtures/hardware.
3. Make it light and bright
A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to give an instant face lift to your house. Generally, the best paint colors to brighten any room are neutrals such as warm grays, grey-beiges, or taupes. Replace burnt light bulbs, raise shades, and open blinds and curtains to ensure there’s enough natural light throughout the house.
4. Fix damaged flooring
Replace soiled and worn carpets or have the carpets cleaned professionally. Replaced cracked tiles, clean grout, or polish wood floors. An inexpensive new area rug is a quick fix and can disguise the look of old floors.
5. Spring for new fixtures
Renew the look of any room by replacing old or dated brassy-gold light fixtures, cabinet and door hardware, light switches, and old faucets.
Think about removing or replacing worn or outdated furnishings and store any extra pieces. Don’t forget to clear you closet and pantry floors to make them look and feel bigger.
Excessive personal items like photos, collectibles, personal awards, and religious items make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may deter a sale.
8. Make it sparkle
Think hotel clean. Mop, dust, vacuum often, wash windows, and clean baseboards. Be sure kitchens and baths are sparkling clean!
9. Pay attention to odors
Pay attention to the smell of pets, cooked food, and tobacco odor in the home. It can kill any home sale immediately. Keep in mind that textiles such as carpet and throw rugs hold odors – even your furniture and the sheetrock/drywall absorb odors.
10. Create the “WOW” factor
Use what you already have, even if it means having to replace or add some inexpensive decorative touches such as towels, linens, throws, and decorative pillows. Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Strategically placed furniture paired with pops of colorful and inviting accents will make a lasting impression.