If you are gearing up to sell your house, you’re probably wishing for a fast and painless process. One way of increasing your chances of a quick sell is by sprucing the place up. Even if you have a quirky or out-dated home, there are inexpensive steps you can take to increase its appeal. Take the time to create a more marketable home and you’ll soon have buyers running for their checkbooks.
Finish the “to-do” list
Now is the time to start crossing items off of your “to-do” list. From scratched-up walls to broken screens, if you notice problems, the buyer will too. Take a weekend to fix up the small things, and hire help with any major maintenance issues.
Pack up the clutter
If you have kids, pets or just a lot of stuff, put it all away! Clutter turns off house hunters; it is distracting and makes spaces seem smaller. Clear away stacks of paper, unnecessary furniture and even clothes if you have the storage space.
While you are clearing your home of clutter, put away anything personal, as well. Replace photos with neutral art and place family heirlooms in storage. Personal items can make it difficult for potential buyers to picture themselves living in your house.
Clean like crazy
Invest in some supplies or hire a cleaning service to get your house looking spotless. A clean, tidy home that smells nice does wonders for house hunters. Buyers want to think that the house will always look this nice!
Increase your curb appeal
Spruce up the outside of your home with a coat of paint, landscaping or new lighting. Whatever small steps you can take to make the exterior more appealing will be well worth your efforts. Buyers won’t forget their first impression!
Stage your home
Whether you hire some help or stage yourself, rearranging furniture and decorations can make your house more attractive. Make each room feel light and open by taking out any unnecessary furniture and neatly organizing anything that must stay.