7 Inexpensive Ways to Prep Your Home for Sale

Real Estate Agent with Velva Dunn

The economy is no longer in the ditches. Most sectors, particularly the real estate industry, are doing well with several houses coming up for sale almost every day. The buyers can, therefore, afford to be choosy. But you need your house off the market and sold at the most decent price in the shortest time possible. To achieve this you have to work on creating a competitive and lasting first impression that converts house views to purchase commitments. You, however, don’t have to break the bank to create this impression. Here are seven practical and relatively inexpensive ways of prepping your house for sale:


1. Declutter and rearrange the living spaces


You have accumulated a lot of bits and pieces in the form of furniture equipment, cutlery, and baby stuff that you and your household no longer use. Get rid of them all and rearrange the different rooms in the house. Consider organizing a garage sale, give out to friends or dispose to charity. If you intend to keep most of this clutter, hire a storage unit where you can stash them as you await your relocation.


2. Repaint


When is the last time you had your house repainted? Expert real estate industry players advise that your house should be like a framed picture with tasteful colors that homebuyers admire looking at. Consider introducing a fresh and inviting paint to both the interiors and exteriors of your home. However, avoid the overly bright colors and settle for a neutral paint that buyers can use as background should they wish to repaint.


3. Improve the curb appeal


When creating the first impression for your household, start by improving the home visitor’s first point of contact, the driveway. Repaint the old pant on the driveway paving blocks, fix the cabs and remove any overgrown grass and shrubs. The key here is to have an appealing driveway that complements your homes interior. Note that it takes less than a minute to drive up to your home, make

this time count by making it as appealing as possible.


4. Work on the flower gardens and backyards


How appealing is your flower garden or backyard? For instance, when is the last time you had your lawn mowed and the flowers watered? Improve the garden and backyard by introducing more colorful plants, mowing the lawns, and trimming the shrubs. You can also prune the overgrown trees and weed the garden effectively eliminating any flaws to the perfect first impression.


5. Clean the interiors and pay attention to smell


Spring clean your home’s interior. Cleaning here should involve more than just carpet cleaning, remove stains on the toilet bowls and bathroom tiles. Most importantly, pay attention to irritating smells around the house stemming from such places as a damp basement or clogged sinks and sewer lines. Introducing indoor flowers comes in handy as they not only add life to the different parts of the house but also improves the quality of indoor air.


6. Light up the house and make it inviting


Most homebuyers give preference to homes with abundant natural light. In this case, don’t just open the heavy and dark curtains, pull them down. Let the fresh light-reflecting paint complement and amplify the amount of natural light coming through the windows. Prune the branches within the compound that cast shadows and block the amount of natural light reaching the house. You can also replace dim lights in dark rooms with bulbs of a higher wattage.


7. Modernize and stage the rooms for viewing


Staging houses for sale may be one of the oldest as well as the most effective concepts leading to most conversions in the real estate industry. Modernizing the different parts of the house and staging them for sale may, therefore, go a long way in speeding up the sales process. Upgrade such aspects of the home as bathroom towels and bedroom linen. When staging the home, emphasize on any aspect of the house that amplifies its best features while downplaying its flaws.


Bottom line


Even with a boom in the real estate market that has buyers spoilt for choice, selling your house doesn’t have to be such a hassle. You only have to be creative about the entire process by prepping and listing it for sale. It also doesn’t have to cost a fraction of the anticipated selling price. Consider implementing such inexpensive strategies as decluttering, improving the curb, lawn, and backyard appeal. Most of these preparation strategies don’t call for huge investments but go a long way in producing priceless results and create a converting first impression.




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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Velva, great list for homeowners, and cleaning like you have never cleaned before!  Great post.

Sep 30, 2018 04:59 PM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

These are great tips for all home sellers.  Thanks, Velva.

Oct 16, 2018 04:30 AM #3
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Hi Velva, These are wonderful tips for setting the stage when preparing a home for sale. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 02, 2019 09:23 PM #4
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