Now that spring has sprung, many people are itching to sell their homes. But before they can do that, there’s a little thing standing in their way – prepping it for sale.
Actually, it could be more of a “big” thing depending on how much needs to be addressed. If you’re like a lot of homeowners looking to sell, you probably have your work cut out for you. Repair projects that have been put off now need attention. The exterior could use a new coat of paint. The list goes on and on.
Getting your arms around all the to-do tasks may seem daunting, but a good place to start is to make a list of things to be done. Need some help? Check out this checklist:
Clean it up. When’s the last time your home had a thorough cleaning? If you don’t have time for it, consider hiring a cleaning company to do the work.
Get rid of clutter. Either trash, sell, or give away what you don’t need. The less clutter, the better your home will look to potential buyers. With ample storage space being a big concern of most home buyers, do you want them to open up your closets to see an overcrowded mountain of junk?
Put things in order. Does the kids’ play room look like a tornado hit it? Is the garage an unsightly mess? Put things in their proper place, no matter what area of the house you’re focused on, but especially high-traffic areas like the family room, kitchen and bathroom.
Keep it neutral. While you may love your bold red living room and your lime green kitchen, prospective buyers may not. Repainting dramatic-colored walls in more neutral, mild tones like tans, greys, and whites can help buyers to envision their belongings in the space.
Let there be light! Prospective buyers are looking for a warm, inviting home, not a dark cave. Open up the curtains and blinds, and thoroughly clean the windows to let in as much natural light as possible. It’s also a good idea to replace any burned out lightbulbs, and upgrade old, outdated light fixtures to help brighten things up and make your home shine.
Cash in on curb appeal. If your home looks like a disaster on the outside, it’s likely house hunters aren’t going to venture beyond your front yard. Cut the grass regularly, spruce up the garden, and put away the kiddie bikes and other toys. After all, we’re talking about first impressions here!
Beware of stinky, smelly things like old sneakers, or leaky bags of trash. Nothing’s more of a turnoff then getting a whiff of a foul odor. And don’t try to mask a smelly problem with candles or air freshener. Address the problem head-on so it’s not an ongoing issue.
Don’t get too personal. In fact, try to put away as many of your personal mementos as possible, such as family photos and collectibles. It will be easier for a prospective buyer to envision what the home will look like with their personal imprint.
Invest in some simple upgrades. New towels and floor mats in the bathroom, a few lightly scented candles, and new knobs to replace worn-out ones on kitchen cabinets are little touches that can go a long way.
When getting ready to prep your home for sale, what’s most important is to think like a home buyer, not a seller. What would you like to see when checking out a home for sale?