Make your home attractive to potential buyers
Taking some time to prepare before you sell your home can help make it more attractive to potential buyers.
While price and location are major factors that can help to make or break a deal, making your home look its very best and presenting it as a desirable place to live are also critical.
In real estate terms, staging a home is meant to highlight the selling features. Staging a home is not intended to cost a lot of money. In fact, there are many simple things that a seller can do that donʼt cost any money.
Make sure your home is clean. It is surprising the high number of sellers who neglect to vacuum or dust or clean the bathroom before their home is shown. You do it before company comes over, so you should definitely be doing it for these special visitors.
Be sure that the beds are made, and thereʼs no clothing on the floor. This should come as no surprise, but no one will want to see your familyʼs dirty laundry.
Taking steps to depersonalize your home is also something that should be considered. Most people have personal photographs all over the house. Unfortunately, this doesn't allow the potential buyers to attach to the home.. Also, try to remove any unnecessary clutter and furniture. It will help the house look cleaner and the rooms look bigger. And be sure to keep normal walkways throughout the house clear so buyers don't have to walk around items in the way.
These are just a few examples of the types of things people can do that donʼt take a lot of time and donʼt cost any money, but can go a long way in helping to make your home more appealing to buyers.
There are also some fairly inexpensive home improvement projects that sellers can undertake that will enhance curb appeal and could actually increase the amount of money they can sell their homes for.
Paint any room needing paint. Ensure all of the bulbs in your light fixtures work. Adding 80 or 100watt light bulbs will help to make your home seem brighter.
Clean any carpets or drapes that need it. In addition to making them look nicer, this will also remove any unwanted odors. Clean both the interior and exterior windows. Itʼs a good idea to check the condition of windows in high traffic areas – such as in entryways – before your house is shown.
This is also a good time to take care of any minor repairs youʼve been putting off, such as the caulking around a sink or that leaky faucet.