Are you selling your home soon? To get the best price, take some time right now to get it ready to sell.
While you may need to tackle some basic repair issues first, these simpler cosmetic improvements can help polish up your home and set the tone for a quicker sale.
Remember to put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer before your house is listed for sale.
Start with these 5 tips, then go a step further. Check out our extensive tips on Staging a Home for Sale.
1. Put Clutter in Storage
Hiding your home’s good features behind piles of clutter will only make it harder for buyers to fall in love with your home. Box up anything you won’t be using in the next few months (including holiday decorations, seasonal clothing or sports equipment, old toys, etc.) and send it to a storage facility. Remove any pieces of furniture that look less-than-perfect or make a room feel crowded.
2. Welcome Buyers at the Door
Step outside and take a look at the front door. Potential buyers will likely spend at least a few minutes here as the realtor gets out the keys to your home. Make sure the door is clean and that any glass is sparkling. Polish the hardware (or replace if necessary) and repaint the door if it is in poor shape. Finally, add a fresh doormat, mailbox, and pretty pots of greenery or flowers on either side of the door.
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3. Remove Outdated Window Treatments
Dreary draperies, torn window shades, or bent mini-blinds will do nothing to sell a home faster. Remove these outdated items and replace them with simple white mini-blinds or wood blinds cut-to-measure at a home center, This is a fairly simple fix that can refresh your rooms in just one weekend.
4. Install Closet Systems
Crowded closets stuffed with clothing and household items make it look like there isn’t enough storage space. Go through your closets and store (or give away) anything that’s not currently needed. Once the closet is empty, install a closet system from a home center and refill with just enough of your stuff so the closet looks organized, but not cluttered.
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5. Showcase Wood Flooring
Worn, dirty, or badly colored carpeting can turn buyers off in seconds. If you have hardwood floors however, the fix is easy. Tear out the carpeting and expose the wood. Buyers won’t have to wonder what’s underneath the carpet and will likely love the look and patina of hardwood flooring.
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