How to Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers

Listing your home is an exciting step! How can you make it just as exciting for interested buyers to see?

Creating a blank slate is an important step in your home selling journey. Allowing buyers to be able to envision their own space can help move the selling process forward and get you great offers.

Here are 4 Easy Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale

 

1) Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, so sprucing up the outside of your house is a must.. Giving the front door and shutters a fresh coat of paint gives a bright, clean touch to the outside of your home. Pressure washing the walls, decks or porches, driveway, and cleaning the front door are a cost effective way to give the same polished and clean look. Buyers will notice any problems to the roof, like missing shingles and dirty gutters, which could lead to misconceptions about roof damage. Clear any objects, like toys or broken planters from your yard for an inviting feel.

Be sure to look at any outside lighting and replace any dimmed or broken bulbs and fixtures so your house is brightly and beautifully lit. Add flowers and keep the lawn mowed, snow cleared, or leaves raked to increase the curb appeal.

 

2) Clean and Organize

Throw open your windows, grab a sponge, and start scrubbing from floor to ceiling! You’ll get rid of any dirt and dinginess that can create an unwelcoming home to potential buyers. Pinpoint any smells in your home and get rid of the source; be sure to take your garbage out often and keep litter boxes clean.

Removing clutter and extra items from cabinets, closets, and surfaces give a streamlined look to your home. Pack up extra items and clutter and store them out of sight. If you don’t have room for storage, ask a friend to store a few boxes, and if necessary, rent a storage unit. Don’t miss cleaning the often forgotten spots of your house:

  • Doors
  • Baseboards
  • Light fixtures
  • Switchplates
  • Windowsills

 

3) De-personalize

Removing personal items  makes it easier for buyers to see themselves livingthere. Use your storage unit to pack up these items and give your home an open, inviting look. Personal items that can clutter up your home and make it seems smaller and less inviting include:

  • Toys
  • Family photos
  • Personal papers
  • Video games/movies
  • Fridge magnets
  • Shoes and coats in the entryway

Most importantly, make sure all surfaces are free of clutter and clean.

 

4) Interior Updates

Finding small ways to update your home is a great way to add value. Painting your walls an airy, neutral color creates an open feeling.

Adding new light fixtures is a cost effective way to update and modernize your home. Fixing broken floorboards, restaining wood, scrubbing laminate and tile, and steam cleaning your carpets all give a fresh look to your flooring.

Remember, you don’t have to break the bank to make your house sparkle and ready to sell. Just a few touches can create the welcoming, clean house you need to start your seller’s journey.

Ready to sell? Contact Leigh Horton to help you with Your Journey.