Just because it’s a seller’s market doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare your home for sale. People will be viewing your home and imagining how their lives will fit – the fewer distractions, the better.
We all know about decluttering and getting rid of personalized decorations. But if you are trying to sell your home fast, there are bigger steps you can take to prepping your home so it flies off the market.
Clean, clean, and clean.
We’ve discussed this before, but I can’t stress this enough – clean your house. And I don’t mean run the vacuum and dust the furniture. Clean those windows including the track below the frame. Scrub the scuff marks from the walls. Polish any wood features. Vacuum the ceilings, corners, and baseboards.
Bonus tip: I often notice people forget to dust the ceiling fan blades. People notice!
Make curb appeal a priority.
First impressions are everything. Sometimes weeding the flowerbeds and spreading fresh mulch isn’t enough. Don’t be afraid to powerwash the side of your house or paint the front door. An outdoor refresh can go a long way. If you’re interested in learning more about staging the outside, check out my recent blog post: It’s All About The Curb Appeal.
Remove pets from everything.
Obviously, your pet won’t be at the house during a showing. But I also recommend removing evidence that a pet even lives in the house. Some people have allergies or happen to be very anti-pet. If they know a dog or cat lived in the house, it might deter them from buying. This also includes photos for the listing. Remove those dog beds, litter boxes, and food bowls!
Prioritize the kitchen.
The kitchen is one of the most viewed areas in a home. That means your kitchen should be decluttered and spotless. Your countertops should be basically empty and sparkling. Also, don’t be surprised if people open your cupboards. They are considering purchasing the home, so they have a right to see every inch of it. It’s good practice to pack up some of your dishes, utensils, and appliances you don’t often use and style your cupboards in an aesthetically pleasing way – especially if they are glass doors.
Clean your carpets.
I made this a separate tip because I really believe in it. Our carpets are dirty because that’s just how life is. People, pets, and children naturally track dirt in and out of the house. Cleaning your carpets will not only brighten the room with a spotless floor, but your home will smell fresh. You can clean them yourselves by renting a cleaner, but don’t be afraid to hire a professional to get the job done right. It’s worth the small investment.
Following these tips will help you naturally impress buyers with the beauty of your home. Your house will sell in no time! Still unsure of the perfect way to stage your home? I’m always here to help. Visit my website at www.karentavenner.com or call me at 717-253-3259 (cellphone).