When you decide to sell your home you should immediately begin referring to it as a house. Start detaching yourself by making some changes that will help you with the sale of the house.
1. Clear everything out that makes the interior look junkie and disorganized. Either throw things out or rent storage space. Prospective buyers need to see what the house looks like behind all your stuff.
You may love the tapestry on the living room wall but 90% of your prospects will have it on their mind when they leave your home and not in a good way. Knick knacks and generally all things that you’ve previously enjoyed should be stored away until after the sale. Replace these things with neutral items like a vase with a simple arrangement.
2. Minor cosmetic work can make a huge difference. Paint where necessary, repair moldings and cracked plaster etc. When making improvements use neutral colors. If you have hardwood floors sand them and finish them. Don’t overdo it and try to think like a buyer. Next step should be to hire a professional cleaning crew to wash the walls, windows, kitchen and bathrooms, clean the floors and shampoo all carpets. Your house should be spotless and kept this way for showings.
3. If your rooms are smaller rearrange the furniture to make the room look bigger. Removing some furniture can make the rooms look spacious and cozy. Pull couches away from walls to give the appearance of depth. Remove wall clutter, one or two pictures but no more to make the room look inviting.
4. Kitchen and bathrooms are the most important rooms in a home to a buyer. Make sure they are impeccable. Plumbing fixtures should be working properly and look like new. Use a good metal polish to make them gleam. Showers, tubs, sinks and vanities need to be pristine and uncluttered. Kitchen cupboards should be orderly, doors opening and closing properly, drawers the same.
5. First thing prospects see is a door. Make sure its painted or cleaned up and that it will open and close properly. This goes for screen doors as well. Windows should all be cleaned and be sure if someone wants to open them that they work properly.
6. When you walk into a house with pets you immediately smell them, especially if you don’t have your own. Vinegar and water will do wonders when you clean pet areas every other day until the sale is complete, and top it off with effective air fresheners wherever you need them. Vacuum often and make the home smell appealing.
Remember, it’s all about the potential buyer picturing themselves in your house!