How to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Quick Sale

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Quick Sale

In some markets, you can easily sell a home in any condition. In the current market, however, you need to put in a little extra effort if you want your property to sell quickly at a desirable price. Styling a home for an open house takes careful thought and planning. Here are some tips to help your property shine during showings.

The most important thing you can do to help sell a house is to make it appealing to potential buyers. The best way to do this is through thoughtful staging and decorating. Tasteful artwork such as berry wall decor can upgrade the ambiance of your house and make it feel more upmarket. Little touches such as candles and cushions can create a warm and inviting feel. A fantastic way to foster a sense of comfort and relaxation is to add healthy indoor plants in every room, including the bathroom.

Aside from the interior, you should also work to enhance the curb appeal of your home. This may mean repainting the front door and making your house number clearly visible. If you have a front yard, ensure that it is neat. Cracks or chips on your steps or walkway should be fixed as you do not want to risk your visitors tripping and falling. Should your budget allow, consider hiring a professional landscaper to plant some pretty flowers or shrubs.

Deep Clean
A deep clean is compulsory to give visitors a good impression of your property. Dirty carpets and stained walls can make a house look older and more worn than it is, reducing your possible sale value. Two weeks before your open home, get your carpets professionally cleaned and have all the windows and screens thoroughly scrubbed and polished. If your walls are scuffed, throw on a new coat of paint to make them look brand new.

A thorough clean is not just for highly-visible areas. Be sure to dust every nook and cranny, even the top of tall cabinets and under furniture. You never know where your potential buyer is going to peer when they inspect your house. After your deep clean, open the windows to ventilate the space and give it a fresher feeling. Be sure to keep up with the cleaning while the house is on the market to keep it looking its best.

We accumulate a lot of items over the years. These items may hold meaning for you but can distract potential buyers. More importantly, clutter makes a space seem smaller and less appealing. If you are planning to sell your home, you will need to pack up and move eventually. So, it makes sense to begin the decluttering process early. Start by donating, selling, or throwing away any items that you do not need. The general rule is that if you have not used an item for a year, you probably do not need it.

You will be surprised that many buyers look inside your closets and cabinets. Hence, your decluttering efforts should include arranging the inside of your storage spaces. Try to organize your items neatly and in separate boxes. Attention to organization and detail signals to the buyer that you are the kind of person who would take good care of your house. If you have too many belongings, consider moving them to a storage facility.

You want potential buyers of your home to be able to see themselves living in the space. Therefore, you should tidy away personal items such as family photographs and heirlooms. If you have brightly colored walls, consider repainting them a neutral color so as not to scare off potential buyers. Similarly, any overstated pieces of furniture or decoration should be placed in storage to provide your visitors with a clean canvas on which they can visualize their new lives.

Another reason to depersonalize your home is to prevent potential buyers from becoming attached to items that you plan to take with you. Certain fixtures such as clawfoot bathtubs enhance the appeal of your space and buyers can be disappointed when they are told that these fixtures are not included in the sale. Any antique furniture, built-in appliances, or décor items that you plan to keep should be removed before you show your house.

Update and Repair
Minor repairs can make all the difference. A chipped tile or dripping faucet can make a house feel neglected and dated. Before you list your property, be sure that you undertake minor repairs such as replacing broken tiles, fixing leaky faucets, or switching out burned-out lightbulbs. Cracks or holes in the walls should be neatly filled and painted over.

If your house is a little older, you can update its interior quickly by replacing dated fixtures with modern ones. Items that you can change include door knobs, faucets, countertops, and lampshades. Additionally, consider purchasing quality bedding and fluffy towels exclusive for open days to help your home maintain a clean and luxurious feel.

Successful staging can make or break a sale. Keep your property in top condition by cleaning it thoroughly, removing unnecessary items, making minor updates, and decorating tastefully. By presenting your property in the best state possible, you can capture the hearts and wallets of potential buyers.

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