What To Do To Prepare Your Home To Sell

  1. Clean, clean, clean.Be sure to clean every nook and cranny. Remember to not forget overlooked areas, such as dusting the fireplace mantel and ceiling fan blades, polishing appliances and faucets, and washing the windows. Sometimes a house cleaner can help get areas you may have missed.
  2. Pay attention to smells. “Don’t cook bacon in your home the day of a showing,” People like looking at homes that have the smell of coffee or just baked cookies. Think of something you like to smell when you come home from work.  Burn a candle before an open house to make the home smell yummy!
  3. Clear out the clutter.You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space.  They want to picture how their furniture will look.  Take down personal pictures or your collection of teddy bears.   People want to imagine their items in your open space.
  4. Repaint the walls in neutral colors.  Neutral colors look best. If you have a bright red wall, an orange or yellow bathroom walls repaint them with a color that doesn’t stand out..  It helps to make the space look bigger and people can imagine what their towels or toiletries will look like in the space.
  5. Get rid of personal items.Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove anything overly personal, such as the gallery wall of family photos or your kids’ artwork on the fridge.
  6. Let there be light! Open all the windows (especially in warmer months) to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to illuminate areas that are dim.
  7. Get rid of bulky furniture. Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so get rid of any extra or oversized items that could make your space look smaller than it really is.
  8. Organize your closets. Storage space is a huge selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it. Invest in some boxes, dividers. Start packing what you do not use right now and open up those storage areas.
  9. Give each room a purpose.That spare room you’ve been using as an office/guest room/dumping ground won’t help sell your home.  If you use it as a craft room, office or an extra bedroom show it off!
  10. Lower the toilet seat.Clean your toilets. If the seat is worn buy a new one.
  11. Turn the living room into conversation central.Take out some of the large bulky furniture and make sure there are not a lot of pictures hanging on the walls.  Less is more!
  12. Keep the flow going. The last thing you want is people bumping into furniture as they tour your home
  13. Highlight focal points. Draw buyers’ eyes toward any special features with bright colors or accents such as plants. A pop of red or bright yellow throw pillow can draw buyers’ attention to that lovely window seat. Make sure your beds are made, clothes are picked up and everything looks clean and new.
  14. Boost the curb appeal.  Trim shrubs, weed flower beds, remove and refresh any peeling paint, and keep the walkway clear. Make sure the weeds are pulled, or even adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference.