When you’re about to sell your home, you want it to be ready to impress potential buyers. There are a few easy things you can do to get it that way – and they make a big difference.
Bump up the curb appeal
As a buyer’s first impression when they arrive, the outside of your home is important. Improve its curb appeal by mowing the lawn, trimming bushes or planting flowers to make it more inviting. A fresh coat of paint on your front door is also a good idea, along with painting any outdoor trim, like around your windows or garage. Pressure-washing your home’s exterior and any porches, patios or walkways will make a positive difference as well.
Paint inside doors and trim
Outside trim and doors aren’t the only ones that benefit from fresh paint. Homes are lived in, so naturally doors and trim show wear. A new coat of paint on them will give your home an instantly cleaner, fresher look. If painting all the doors isn’t feasible, even just painting doorframes and trim will noticeably freshen things up.
Schedule a deep clean
With so much to think about (and do) before selling your home, scheduling a deep clean can help take some stress off you – and make your home glow. If hiring someone to clean isn’t where you’re wanting to put your money, round up some good friends and spend a few hours scrubbing one afternoon to get it sparkling clean.
Clutter isn’t your friend when you’re getting ready to sell your home and move. If this task seems difficult, start with areas like your kitchen cupboards or pantry. These areas are of interest to potential buyers, and they’ll want to see the space they have to offer. Get rid of expired food, and pass along any you know you won’t use. Donate old dishes or appliances that are just taking up space.
Do the same with furniture that you’ll no longer be using. Sell or donate it; this will open up your living space and decrease clutter in your home. Once you’ve completed some smaller decluttering projects, move to areas like the garage – its available space is another item of interest to buyers.
Decluttering can feel a bit overwhelming. But for some motivation, remember that everything you declutter – big or small – is freeing up space in your home. Plus, you’ll feel confident in only packing items you really want to bring with you when you move.
Replace burnt out light bulbs
Replacing burnt-out light bulbs throughout the home may be overlooked; but it’s an important thing to remember. And – bonus – it doesn’t take much time to do!
Make some repairs
It’s helpful to fix certain repairs earlier rather than later in the home-selling process. Things like leaky faucets and broken appliances are good places to start. Repair holes or dents in the walls. If you’ve got broken drawers or cupboards, tackle those, too. And check for loose knobs or handles while you’re at it.
Taking the time to remedy some of these issues early on, along with other items listed above, will allow your selling process to run much more smoothly.